It’s day 6 of Banned Books Week, and this is an early copy of George Orwell’s Animal Farm! Ours is an advance copy of the first American edition, owned by LA Times book reviewer Paul Jordan Smith in 1946. Orwell’s criticisms of the USSR made it hard for him to even find a publisher in post-WWII Britain, where feelings were positive for the communist ally. When the book was published, it was banned in the USSR, and other communist countries. The book’s bans aren’t all in the past - as recently as 2002 it was banned by the United Arab Emirates for contradicting Islamic and Arab values.

Animal Farm at UCLA Library Special Collections.

There are books that one reads over and over again, books that become part of the furniture of one’s mind and alter one’s whole attitude to life, books that one dips into but never reads through, books that one reads at a single sitting and forgets a week later.
—  George Orwell