On 21st January 1950, George Orwell died in London. To commemorate the life and works of one of our greatest authors, today has been dubbed the inaugural ‘Orwell Day‘. Though I don’t normally care much for this trend we seem to have adopted to label ‘days’, this does give me a good opportunity to say a few words on one of my favourite books, Animal Farm.
Strangely enough, I’ve just finished re-reading Animal Farm. I don’t tend to re-read books too often as I prefer to spend my time reading new books, but my course demands I re-read 1984, so I thought why not re-read Animal Farm as well! I’m pleased to say I wasn’t disappointed. The writing still feels as fresh today as it did the first time I read it, and though the book was published in 1945, some of the issues it raises are still just as relevant today. Ok, so Stalin is dead, the Cold War has come and gone, and (supposedly) Soviet Russia is no more. Though it’s quite clear to the astute reader that much of Animal Farm is designed to poor scorn on Stalin and his totalitarian regime, the wider points the book makes about power and human nature still strike a chord. Continue reading