21 September, 2020

Animal Farm

Can you have a parody of a satire? Yes, if you visit the house Orwell was born in.

Swapan Nayak
Animal Farm
"The animals began to arrive and make themselves comfortable after their different fashions. First came the dogs and then the pigs who settled down in the straw. The hens perched themselves on the window-sills. The pigeons fluttered up to the rafters. The sheep and cows lay down behind the pigs and began to chew the cud. The cart-horses came in together, walking very slowly and setting down their vast hairy hoofs with great care lest there should be some small animal concealed in the straw. After the horses came the white goat and the donkey. A brood of ducklings filed in cheeping feebly. Last of all came the cat who looked round for the warmest (or coldest) place and purred contentedly...."
—George Orwell, Animal Farm

It is life imitating art, well almost, at the sprawling compound of the house where George Orwell was born as Eric Arthur Blair on June 25, 1903. Exactly 100 years on, Blair's 10-acre birthplace is a rundown, shambolic menagerie and belongs to the teacher's hostel of the local Gopal Sah school in East Champaran's Motihari town.

Blair was born...


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