Sinister, sad, yet true. Animal Farm is the most thought-provoking piece of literature I have ever read. Captioned 'a fairy story', Animal Farm is anything but that. Sick and tired of maltreatment under their enslavement from man, the animals of Manor Farm revolt.
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story by George Orwell - review
Animal Farm Book Review
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
As Orwell spent more and more time with the down-and-outs of England, he became convinced that the only remedy for the invidious problem of poverty lay in socialism, a political and economic philosophy arguing that only when the state controls the means of production and distribution will all members of a nation share its profits and rewards. Unlike capitalism, the philosophy holding that a nation's means of production and distribution should be privately owned and controlled, socialism argues that only government regulation of a nation's economy can close the gap between the rich and the poor. Although he was not a virulent anti-capitalist, Orwell did think that only with the gradual introduction of socialist ideas and practices into British life would the poor eventually come to share in the fruits of their nation's prosperity. As he explained in his Preface to the Ukrainian edition of Animal Farm , "I became pro-Socialist more out of disgust with the way the poorer section of the industrial workers were oppressed and neglected than out of any theoretical admiration for a planned society.
An all-knowing narrator in the third person tells the story of an animal revolution on a farm located somewhere in England. The plot is based on the Russian revolution and Stalin's use of power, and Orwell uses farm animals to portray both the people of power and the common people during this time. While growing up, he attended private schools in Sussex, Wellington and Eaton. He worked at the Imperial Indian Police until when he went to London to study the poverty stricken. He then moved to Paris where he wrote two lost novels.