Old Mr. Jones had a farm. E-I-E-I-Oh no! There are no bucolic quack-quack’s and oink-oink’s here. The animals revolt, throw their inebriate master out of Manor Farm, and claim the estate as their own. Their sovereignty was well-lived until some little piggies decided that a pig’s life was just not enough. Despite the original subtitle indicating that it is a “Fairy Story,” one has to admit that George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a thinly veiled jab at the socialist formation of the Soviet Union early in the twentieth century.
Unabashedly a political commentary, this piece of fiction not only exhumes history but also encourages one to reexamine the current state of one’s government. Expect strong emotions upon reading. Personally, the ending of the novel shook my soul. The effect was a combination of dismay, outrage, and pity. It is no surprise that Orwell’s work is a staple in Banned/Challenged Books lists throughout the years. The Revisiting Required Literature Book Club session of the month also fell on a perfect week as the world celebrated Banned Books Week on September 21-27 this year.
Mrs. Tina Borra moderated last Friday’s discussion. The main question of the night was: How much are you willing to put up with to get something you really want? Fatigue? Silence? Abuse? Raising a private army? If you’ve read the book, you will see the different thresholds of the different
people in society animals in the farm. One thing was agreed upon though: just like the animals had seven commandments that cannot be violated no matter what, we as individuals should have our own. We have to figure out what lines we or other people cannot cross – our own Seven, Five, Ten, e.g. Commandments. This is something everyone can do regardless of attendance to the book club.
The next RRL session will be on October 24 (Friday), 7pm, at the Forum 4/L Fully Booked BGC. We are meeting up with Scout, Atticus, and Boo in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama. So, get a move on with Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. For seat reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also check out the Revisiting Required Literature Facebook page to join the post-RRL session online discussion.