A: Animal Farm (2022 A-Z)
“Pigs! Disgusting pigs!” I jump as she yells in my ear.
On screen, I watch men, women and children scramble for shelter. Dust and smoke rise, a missile demolishes a structure, I watch it turn from building to rubble in a second.
“True, assholes of the highest order,” I nod my agreement.
“Such an accurate representation, seriously dictators are such pigs,” she continues. I nod.
“All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.” Now, I roll my eyes and wonder what she’s been smoking. She tosses the copy of Animal Farm on the sofa and sighs.
This 100-word fictional conversation, penned around the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, is written for the 2022 Edition of the Blogging A-Z Challenge, a blogging event held every April. Click here to read more on the challenge! My chosen theme for this year is flash fiction driven book recommendations. Even if you aren’t a book reader, you might enjoy the flash fiction. And if you’re participating as well, do leave your blog site in the comments!
One of the brilliant ones, Animal Farm, the short 120-page novella tells the story of farm animals who rebel against their human farmer to create a society where all animals can be happy, feel equal and free. However, under Napoleon, a dictator pig, the farm ends up in a state as bad as it was before or worse. Written by George Orwell, this extremely well written political satire talks about direct parallels with Soviet History before 1945 but continues to be relevant even today with several political scenarios around the world. A highly recommended read!
55 thoughts on “A: Animal Farm (2022 A-Z)”
This was not one of the books on my high school reading list (we read 𝟏𝟗𝟖𝟒 instead), so I didn’t get the reference in your drabble. However, I think it’s time I give 𝘈𝘯𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘭 𝘍𝘢𝘳𝘮 a read. I’m sure it’s very relevant for the times.
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Absolutely is, surprisingly it might just be apt for any era we are in, seeing how global politics and economies play out! I am yet to give 1984 a read, shall soon! Thank you for your visit!
Thanks so much for visiting and commenting on my blog. I was looking over your list – I had to read Animal Farm when I was in high school. I need to go back and read it again. What a great topic for your A to Z posts! Well done!
Welcome aboard! Thank you so much! Animal Farm is brilliant!
I chose some quotes from Animal Farm for my letter O post. It’s such a thought-provoking book and sadly, still very relevant today.
Aah, interesting! I shall check your post too! And yes, Animal Farm – such a short novella – and so relevant!
Well written. Gonna go pick this one up next
Do! It’s a power packed punch, so relatable!
There it is, there you are.. Great start, excited to read all your interesting tales!!
Yes, here I am, and here we go! I love Aprils! Hope you enjoyed the reads!
Interesting theme for the challenge . Enjoyed reading this book . Though short it’s a thought provoking one .
Very much a power packed punch! Says so much in so less!
That was really Splendid.i really liked your idea of flash insights on great reads. Will be reading it again .
I remember reading the book long back . Its filled with pun and irony . Some how the very mention of the book made me think of actress Shilpa Shetty when questioned about the same ., and how she simply made a fool of herself.
😀 I heard about that episode with SS, haven’t seen it though! This is one brilliant book indeed, thank you and congratulations on finishing the challenge!
Animal Farm was the prescribed book for my son at school last year. We had a lot of discussion around it. The horse was the one i felt most sorry for.
It’s just so true, relatable and apt! Power corrupts!
This brought me back to school days when Animal Farm was required reading. It was one of the books that I actually enjoyed fully. I enjoyed reading this post too.
I had never read this in my earlier years, but thankfully I ended up reading it now. I can see why it would be required reading. Makes total sense for everyone to read it – politics lives all around us, and the satire is brilliant! Thanks for visiting and your comment, Monty! Good luck with your challenge as well!
This is really intense and brilliant. Very impressive. I look forward to reading more.
Thank you, Rosie! Keep hopping over! Good luck to you with the challenge as well!
This is such an interesting theme! Love the flash fiction.
Thank you, Anna! Personally for me, if I have to complete the challenge with a post every single day, I think flash fiction is the only thing that works for me! 🙂 Good luck with the challenge at your end as well!
Short and concise! Love how you made it so compelling! Here’s to more, cheers!
Thank you, Nandana! Hope you keep hopping over for more! Good luck with the challenge!
Thank you for sharing this intriguing post!
Glad you found it so! Good luck with the challenge! See you around!
I love 100 word fiction! The challenge to get an entire story out in 100 words is brilliant and you have done an amazing job!
I loved the book Animal Farm and my takeaway from it has been different at different stages of my life! Looking forward to more fiction! This is truly inspire me to dabble in fiction again!
Thank you Pix! I have realized that 100-word fiction is probably the only way I can complete my challenge! Animal Farm was such a surprise find in my list, and I found it unforgettable, it’s a collectible for sure, resonates so well with everything around!
Nice start Deepa…I have not read the book but seems an interesting read…will add it to my tbr list
Do read! Thanks Aparna, and good luck with the rest of the challenge!
A great novel to start with – I see your post is “uncategorised” – you may get more readers by adding a category – look forward to following you.
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Thanks for the suggestion Andrew, let me do that right away! Hope you keep hopping over for more! Good luck with the rest of the challenge!
Used to be required reading. It still strikes a chord (or two.) A great way to highlight books for A to
This month my fiction is in Ukraine – 2022. I wrote the original story while I lived in Ukraine (2007). Will see how it goes.
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I can imagine why it would be! It was just a random book in my list, but I do think everyone should read it. It continues to relevant as ever! Hopping over to yours, would like to read real on-ground experiences – rather than media reporting. I hope you’re doing OK. Good luck with the challenge, Leslie!
Flash Fiction book recommendations! How cool is that? I am a substitute teacher and read part of 1984 to some students earlier this year. I have been meaning to reread it. If and when I do, I’ll give Animal Farm a read as well.
Thanks Dave! I am yet to read 1984, I suppose it would be a good read as well. Animal Farm is a super short read, and one that is bound to resonate! Good luck with the rest of the challenge!
Nicely written, new discovery for me about the book – Animal Farm 🙂
Pig reminds me of an incident while living in HK back in year 2006 being served fried rice by a waitress. I requested saying “can i have fried rice without those pink stuff (pieces of pork ham). Reply from her was loud and clear – “No pork, No fried rice, OK !”
My mind quickly did hindi translation of that last word “OK” – “Khayega ya bhookha rahega”
Anyway great start and best wishes to you.
Hahahah, must have been a pretty rigid rule. I don’t think there’s much vegetarian food floating around, unless it clearly says that they make it! The default has got to be that! And do read the book, very short read and very relatable!
Good morning. You conveyed so much in so few words. Animal farm certainly starts the month off with a bang.
Best of luck with the AtoZ, I look forward to seeing what other books you have chosen.
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Thank you, Tasha! I have realized that I need to keep them short if I have any hopes of completing the challenge! 😀 Hope to see you around, good luck with the challenge!
Thank you for sharing. Animal Farm demonstrates the idea that power always corrupts. As I have also remembered some chapters of this novel.
So very rightly said, Mayuri! All animals are born equal. And some just become more “equal” once they get into powerful positions!
Thank you for sharing about this book . I have never read it.
Do read, you’ll enjoy it, very short read, only 120 pages!
Loved it!!! The book and its parallels in the world we live in, interspersed seamlessly.
Thank you, Deepti!
Animal Farm is easy on the eyes and is a quick read. Before I read I assumed Animal Farm was a children’s book (its not). It is one of my favorites. I am so glad you chose that book above all else.
So true. Children’s language, easy to understand, innocent and yet such a powerful satire. Easily one of the best books I have read till date.
Excellent! Animal Farm is apt in the context of our times.
I think no matter what the age or era, this will always remain relevant. After all, power and politics ain’t going anywhere!
You know what this is one of my all time fav books. So glad to see it as first post on ur blog. I intend to read 1984 another book of author…hoping to soon
Good luck with challenge!
Mine too! And ditto, 1984 on my TBR! Thanks Afs, ditto as well! 🙂