Animal Farm by George Orwell (Review)

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‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others’ ~ Animal Farm

Such meaning lies in this line. It tells you more about the book than I ever could. But still, I will try.

In the story, the animals of Animal Farm, or Mayor Farm as it was previously called, rebel against their drunk and irresponsible farmer, in the hopes of creating a society where all the animals were treated fairly and equally. They overthrow all humans and decided to run the farm themselves, and for a while, everyone was happy and free. A list called ‘The Seven Commandments’ was made, which laid down the seven primary rules that all animals had to follow. But very soon this ideal society gets destroyed, and all the animals find themselves under the dictatorship of a pig named Napoleon.

Very soon, the pigs declared themselves as the leaders and began to resemble humans – they walked upright, carried whips, drank alcohol and wore clothes. Even the Seven Commandments were altered by them. ‘All animals are equal‘ changed to ‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others‘ and ‘four legs good, two legs bad’ was changed to ‘four legs good, two legs better’.

The last page of this amazing novel describes men and pigs playing cards together, both of them cheating throughout the game, praising and arguing with each other, and the other animals who stood outside watching the pigs and the men, could suddenly not distinguish between the two.

Now still if you want my opinion of my book, all I will say is that it is definitely worth reading as well as recommending to others. So do read this unique and relatable novel as soon as you can.

See you in my next book worm-ish post! Till then, happy reading!

The Wave by Morton Rhue (Review)

Ben Ross, a history teacher in a high school, was tired by sleepy students and sloppy homeworks. So he created new system in his class, called The Wave, which he hoped would improve the students’ discipline as well as help them understand the situation of many German citizens after World War 2, and to address questions like why they went along with Hitler’s plans and did not resist him.

What Ben did not know was that his little movement would spread from his history class to the entire school, turning normal teenagers into chanting, saluting fanatics, with the motto – Strength through discipline, strength through community, strength through action!

The other main character in the book is Laurie Saunders, a student from Ben’s history class, who was one of those who felt that The Wave was going too far and it had to be stopped real soon, before it was too late.

I know, I know. It sounds very far-fetched, doesn’t it? But believe me, it is not. It was one of those books which after reading, I was like, “What? It is over already? But I have so many questions!”. What actually shocks me is that this book is based on a true episode which took place in the 1960’s in a Californian high school, though of course, many events in it have been fictionalized. The book hooked me right from the first page, and I finished the entire novel in a day.

I must admit, the movement started by the Ben Ross in the book was pretty impressive. Even the ‘loser’ of the class began actively participating in academics as well as sports. Overall, The Wave made a perfectly disciplined community, but the price was very high. The students lost their individuality, and began to look for a leader, or even a dictator, to always guide them.

So do read this amazing story about something that had begun as a simple history experiment, but turned into a craze that was taking over the students’ lives.

By the way, if you like this book, you should certainly watch a Netflix series titled ‘The Unlisted’. Though on a completely different concept, the series deals with high school students as well, who were being controlled by people with bad intentions.

Let me know your views on the book as well as on the Netflix series by commenting below. Goodbye until my next post, and happy reading!

Let’s Talk Villains! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

Villains are perhaps the most important part of any novel. They may not be very likable in most cases, but if everyone did the right thing all the time and never hurt anyone, literature wouldn’t probably exist, right?

Anyway, there can be several types of villains. The most common types can be called (for all the Potter heads out there) the ‘Snapes’, the ‘Voldemorts’ and the ‘Malfoys’.

Let’s start with the ‘Malfoy’ type of villains. These are the people that I dislike the most. They are merely puppets of the evil mastermind, and are so stupid that they actually believe that they are going to get some benefit out of whatever they are doing. Of course, sometimes such types of villains are forced to do the dirty work because a member of their family has been kept hostage or something like that, but in most cases, it is done voluntarily. Almost in all the books I have read, the ‘Malfoys’ are easily defeated by the protagonist, and the mastermind himself has to fight. So there.

Next come the ‘Voldemorts’. These are portrayed as people in whom all the evil in the universe is residing. We hardly find any good traits in such characters. It is such type of villains that make us realize the protagonist’s goodness. Usually, they are equally or perhaps even more skilled than the hero of the story, and make the readers respect them, without wanting to. What? I don’t like Voldemort, but he is pretty talented with his wand, you have got to admit. Generally a novel ends with an epic battle between the ‘Voldemort’ of the story and the protagonist.

Finally, the ‘Snapes’. I know, I know, many of you would be crying out that he wasn’t actually a villain, but wasn’t he?

Such villains are the ones who are the most difficult to understand. Often, as in the case of the real Snape, they are double agents, with loyalties on both the sides. Even after you put down the novel, you think, “Was he the good guy or the bad guy?” If we try to think about it, we find several justifications for all the actions of such people. Everything they do, is for a reason, however complex, known only to them. Betrayal is a common trait associated with such characters.

So are there any more types of the ‘bad guys’ you have read about? Who do you and whom don’t you like? Comment below and let me know your views.

Bye, and happy reading!

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Review)

Ten people stranded on an island. One murderer. Haunted by a nursery rhyme, one by one, they begin to die.

Agatha Christie, the queen of crime, really outdid herself this time. This is one of those unforgettable titles that stays with you forever, and whenever someone asks you about your favourite book, you find yourself saying that name. Throughout the book, one keeps asking himself, “Could he/she be the one?”. Though suspense is a common factor in all Christie novels, this one was different somehow. You keep ruling out suspects as they die, only to find none left in the end. I actually felt the apprehension and tension that the ten characters felt knowing there was a murderer in their midst, while reading the book, and I am sure you will too. Such is the brilliance of Christie’s writing.

Each character is portrayed as a unique individual, and after completing about half the novel, I felt as if I had known them my entire life. These were ten people from completely different walks of life, and this little group included a doctor, a judge, a governess and others from equally various occupations. The only thing common was that each of them were harboring a dark secret.

If I tell you any more, you will end up knowing the identity of the murderer. So it is better I stop here. Let me know your views on this novel if you have read it, and if you have not, what are you waiting for?

I will see you in my next post. Till then, happy reading!

Meet me. A bookworm. Just like you!

Hey there, book-lovers! First things first. I am Rachel, 13, and (this you probably would have guessed) love reading books. I am interested in literature and write short stories as well as compose poetry. I read novels of almost all genres, and would be sharing their reviews with you here. I would also be posting a whole lot of other things related to books and reading.

See you in my next post, and (you will be hearing this a lot from me) happy reading!