Banned Books Week!

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Tue, 10-02-2012 - 1:27pm

Since Julia mentioned Banned Books Week, here's a list of the frequently challenged classics:

 

http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengedclassics

 

Which have you read? Which do you want to read? Which would you recommend?

 

Bev

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Wed, 10-03-2012 - 11:24am

More banned books! Here's the list of Top 100 Frequently Challenged Books from 2000 to 2009:

 

http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengedbydecade/2000_2009

 

Bev

 

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Wed, 10-03-2012 - 11:33am

Wow... I'd never heard of Banned Book Week before and when I clicked on the link you provided, I have to admit to being shocked. A great number of these, especially Ernest Hemingway's, were required reading when I was in school, all those many years ago! So, besides Hemingway's books, I've read:
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
1984, by George Orwell
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey
The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Lady Chatterley's Lover, by D.H. Lawrence
A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote

And I recommend them all! LOL

As for which of those I'd like to read -- Call me crazy, but knowing someone wanted to ban any book kinda gets my dander up and makes me want to read it, just to throw their attempts at censorship in their face.

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Wed, 10-03-2012 - 2:16pm

Bet Fifty Shades of Grey makes the list at some point. :-)

 

Seriously, I'm wondering why some of these books made the list. For example, I just finished Snow Falling on Cedars and can't imagine what anyone could possibly find offensive about it.

 

Bev

 

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Thu, 10-04-2012 - 12:04pm
I have only read the following:
1,2,3,4,5,8,9,12,15,16,17,26,28,29,33,40,53,57,88

Of those I would definitely recommend The Grapes of Wrath.
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Fri, 10-05-2012 - 4:14pm

Bev,

50 Shades of Gray will definately be on 2012's Banned book List. Remember the library system in Florida that didn't want it carried? That's banning.

Julia

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Sun, 10-07-2012 - 6:59am

there were several that i know i read in school. but the only one i read for pleasure was gone with the wind.

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Sun, 10-07-2012 - 10:56am

In this list of Frequently Challenged Classics I've read

1-9,15-18,23,25,28-30,40, 48,57,66

 

I'd recommend any of them except for the Hemingway novels and Catch-22.

 

Roberta

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Sun, 10-07-2012 - 11:14am

In this list I've read

6,14,17,19,21,24,26,28,36,46,49,50,55,69,72,88,90,99

 

My kids all loved In The Night Kitchen and didn't notice that the boy was  naked.   They didn't  even remember the nudity and were surprised to read about it after Sendak's death, when they read that the book  had been challenged.

 

Roberta

 

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Sun, 10-07-2012 - 11:42pm

wow Ive read sooo many. I had no idea!

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Mon, 10-08-2012 - 10:59am

Roberta,

 

Same here .... I remember reading this one to my son when he was younger, but I don't remember the boy being naked either!

 

Bev

 

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