Sunday, October 5, 2008

Animal Farm - Do You Know Why This Classic Book Was Banned?

Animal Farm by George Orwell: Animal Farm is an allegory for the rise and decline of socialism in the Soviet Union and the emergence of the totalitarian rule of Stalin. It was banned in the USSR until the 1980s for being anti-Communist but also banned in the USA for the Communist text in its introduction. Published in 1945 it is arguably one of the most important books of the 20th century.

The books below were also banned. Do you know why?

Gone with the wind - Margaret Mitchell

To kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

The Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie

The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

The Communist Manifesto - Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx

Brave new World - Aldous Huxley

The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

On the Origin of Species - Charles Darwin

Go here to find out why these other famous books were banned.

Watch videos of banned books where Maya Angelou talks about the importance of reading, Salman Rushdie reads from The Satanic Verses and a video about John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.

Borders Books UK announces a special offer to highlight the books that were banned by history. All this month Borders is featuring a wide range of banned books, all with up to 40% off the RRP.

Join the! [Blog debate on Banned Books at Borders Books.

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