Thursday, 25 September 2014

I read banned books

I've just discovered that it's banned book week. The whole point of a dedicated week, is to explore ideas of censorship, politics and immorality.

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There's a list on that lists a selection of book that have been banned historical or are still censored today. This wiki page also lists banned books.

I thought it might be fun to go through the list and pick out the banned books that I've read:-

  1. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess - banned in US schools for explicit sexual violence
  2. The Diary of a Young Girl, Ann Frank - banned in Lebanon for portraying Jews in a favourable light
  3. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll - banned in China for portraying humans and animals as being on the same level
  4. Animal Farm, George Orwell - banned by Allied forces in the 1940's as it is critical of the USSR. Also banned by Kenya in 19991 and the United Arab Emirates in 2002
  5. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood - banned in America for being anti-Christian and pornographic
  6. All Quiet of the Western Front, Erich Remarque - banned in Nazi Germany as it showed the German army in a negative light. See my review here 
  7. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K Rowling - banned and burnt in some US states and UK Christian schools as it promotes witchcraft
  8. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown - banned in Lebanon because of the novels attack on the Roman Catholic church. Denounced by many Christians in various countries 
  9. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera - banned in Czechoslovakia as it is critical of communist rule
  10. To Kill a Mocking Bird, Harper Lee - banned firstly in US states because it is about racism. Later, it has been banned in some school because of the stereotypical portrayal of Afrian-American characters and the repeated use of the n-word
  11. Nineteen Eighty-four, George Orwell - banned in the USSR as it is critical of Stalinism. Also banned in the US for having communist text in the introduction, even though it is criticising not promoting communism 
  12. Beloved, Toni Morrison - banned in some US schools for use of 'extreme' language. See my review here     
  13. Lolita, Vladimir  Nobokov - banned in Uk, France, Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa for obscenity
  14. The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov - banned in USSR as it is a satire of Soviet society
  15. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis - shrink wrapped and sold to over-18s only in Germany, Australia and New Zealand because of it's extreme violence    
  16. The Well of Loneliness, Radclyffe Hall - banned in UK for promoting lesbianism
  17.  Slaughter House Five, Kurt Vonnegut - banned in US for racist slurs, sexual and irreligious themes and because it criticises the actions of US troops in WWII
  18. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley - banned in Ireland for depicting sex, drugs and suicide
  19. Persepolis, Marjan Satrapi- banned in Iran as it is critical of the country. See my review here 
  20. Catch 22, Joseph Heller - banned in numerous US schools for offensive language
  21. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky - banned in US for homosexuality, explicit sexuality, offensive language, drugs, suicide and anti-family. See my review here 
  22. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou - banned in some US schools for pornography and violence
  23. Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison - banned in some US schools for references to lesbianism, pornography and erections 
  24. The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer - banned in US for sexual situations and swearing
  25. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D Salinger - banned in many schools for profanity and sexual references 
  26. The Colour Purple, Alice Walker - banned in some US states for troubling ideas about race relations, sexuality, God and violence 
  27. Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller - banned in the USSR because of the authors views on censorships. Also banned in some US schools for profanity and its criticism of capitalism 
  28.  Frankenstein,  Mary Shelly - various Christian groups have protested about this book for being indecent and against Christian theology 
  29. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell - banned in US states for racist language and the offensive portrayal of African-Americans 
  30.  Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad - banned in US school for repeated use of the n-word. 
  31. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman - banned in some US schools because of it's attack on Christianity and because of the sexual awaking of teenage characters
  32. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison - banned in some US schools because of violent and sexual imagery 
  33. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini - protested about in some Muslim countries as the book is about paedophilia, rape, sadism and violence in Afghanistan
  34. Lord of the Flies, William Golding - banned in numerous countries for violence, language, sexuality and racism. All criticised for attacks on women, disabled people and religion. 
  35. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R Tolkien - burnt in New Mexico for being satanic
  36. The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka - banned by both the Nazi and Soviet regimes 
  37.  Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck - banned in America for vulgar language, profanity, racism and sexism 
  38. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez - banned in some US schools. See my review here 
  39. Wild Swans, Jung Chan - still banned in China, the book is a memoir of three generations of a Chinese family
   Do you read banned books?Which ones have you read?

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