Animal Farm was written by Eric Arthur Blair ((25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell. Eric was born on 25th June 1903 in Motihari, Bihar, India. His work is marked by a profound consciousness of social injustice, an intense opposition to totalitarianism, a passion for clarity in language and a belief in democratic socialism.
Animal Farm is a very short book (around 120 pages) but it is an amazing story that continues to throw up twists and surprises. It can be bought for next to no money and be read in couple of hours. :)
The book is a fable. It tells a story of how the animals of manor farm stage a revolution against their owner, Mister Jones, and how they run the farm by themselves. The animals, the neighbouring farms and all the characters are symbols of different political ideologies and political figures. Both the time period and words used make it pretty clear what and who we are dealing with. Animalism/communism is one example.
The message of the novel is clear. Power corrupts the mind of every person. If you give somebody the power to rule over the life and death of others that power will eventually be abused. No man should have such power all by himself this is why democracy and capitalism will and have outlived communism.
As the blurb says: A biting satire on dictatorship. It is that, and much more besides. So don't wait, go ahead and treat yourself.
Personally, I enjoyed every bit of the book. Another thing, which surprised me was that the book was written in 1945 but still it predicts the collapse and ruin of the Soviet way of life. I wonder if George Orwell himself would have been surprised at just accurate his predictions were :)