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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by isher, Sep 2, 2010.

  1. isher

    isher Clallam County Member

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    Remember, folks, Sept. 25th thru Oct. 2nd is the American Library Association's Annual Banned Book Week. Here follows a (very partial) list of books banned from American schools and libraries (as noted in the latest issue of the ARRP Bulletin:

    Too Political:

    Uncle Tom’s Cabin;
    Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1852

    All Quiet on the Western Front;
    Erich Maria Remarque, 1928

    A Farewell to Arms;
    Ernest Hemingway, 1929

    The Grapes of Wrath;
    John Steinbeck, 1939

    For Whom the Bell Tolls;
    Ernest Hemingway, 1940

    Animal Farm;
    George Orwell, 1945

    1984;
    George Orwell, 1949

    Dr. Zhivago;
    Boris Pasternak, 1957

    Slaughterhouse Five;
    Kurt Vonnegut Jr., 1969

    In the Spirit of Crazy Horse;
    Peter Matthiessin, 1983


    Too Much Sex

    Madame Bovary;
    Gustav Flaubert, 1856

    Tess of the d’Urbervilles;
    Thomas hardy, 1891

    Ulysses;
    James Joyce, 1922

    The Sun Also Rises;
    Ernest Hemingway, 1926

    Lady Chatterley’s Lover;
    D.H. Lawrence, 1928

    Tropic of Cancer;
    Henry Miller, 1934

    Lolita;
    Vladimir Nabokov, 1955

    Peyton Place;
    Grace Metallious, 1956

    Rabbit, Run;
    John Updike, 1960

    I know Why the Caged Bird Sings;
    Maya Angelou, 1969

    Jaws;
    Peter Benchley, 1974

    Forever;
    Judy Blume, 1975

    The Prince of Tides;
    Pat Conroy, 1986

    Beloved;
    Toni Morrison, 1987

    How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents;
    Julia Alvarez, 1991


    Irreligious

    On the Origin of Species;
    Charles Darwin, 1859

    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy;
    J.R.R. Tolkien, 1954

    The Last Temptation of Christ;
    Nikos Kazantzakis, 1960

    Bless Me, Ultima;
    Rudolfo Anaya, 1972

    Harry Potter series;
    J.K. Rowling, 1997-2007


    Socially Offensive

    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin;
    Benjamin Franklin, 1791

    The Scarlet Letter;
    Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn;
    Mark Twain, 1884

    As I Lay Dying;
    William Faulkner, 1930

    Brave New World;
    Aldous Huxley, 1932

    Gone With the Wind;
    Margaret Mitchell, 1936

    Of Mice and Men;
    John Steinbeck, 1937

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl;
    Anne Frank, 1947

    The Catcher in the Rye;
    J.D. Salinger, 1951

    Fahrenheit 451;
    Ray Bradbury, 1953

    Too Kill a Mockingbird;
    Harper Lee, 1960

    James and the Giant Peach;
    Roald Dahl, 1961

    Catch-22;
    Joseph Heller, 1961

    A Clockwork Orange;
    Anthony Burgess, 1962

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest;
    Ken Kesey, 1962

    In Cold Blood;
    Truman Capote, 1966

    Cujo;
    Stephen King, 1981

    The Color Purple;
    Alice Walker, 1982

    Ordinary People;
    Judith Guest, 1982

    A Thousand Acres;
    Jane Smiley, 1991


    I, of course am a Politically, Morally, Religiously and Socially superior person as i have not read a one of them............


    isher
     
  2. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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  3. judicator

    judicator McMinnville Active Member

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    If 'ol George Orwell were alive today, he'd be shaking his finger, saying "I told you so!"

    Well, right up until he was arrested for inciting new-thought.
     
  4. TANSTAAFL

    TANSTAAFL Downtown Seattle Member

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    I love banned book week! ALA is hands down my favourite org who stick their necks out for us concerning liberties. I have my dad's copy of Huck Finn from his high school completely unmolested by censors. SHTF and I'd want it to be with me. Give me Twain over God any day.

    Neil Gaiman said he wasn't trying hard enough since his books were rarely challenged and not on the banned book list.

     
  5. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    fahrenheit-451-1.jpe
     
  6. GRUNDEL

    GRUNDEL Washougal Area Active Member

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    If you asked me I would tell you I am not much of a Fiction reader. Then I went down that list realized I have read about 90% of them and would consider many to be some of the best books I have ever read.

    So it totally makes sense to ban them :banghead:
     
  7. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    Exactly. Many of these are very important works by some really important, famous authors. I had to read some of these in high school. I think the fact some of the content is edgier and makes reading more interesting.

    It would also be nice if people understood the root of parodies. Many cartoon writers and comedy writers parody classic works.

    I've always thought that if something struck enough of a nerve at a point in time to encourage censorship, it probably makes some strong statements that are worth reading. I prefer to have nothing censored. Censorship is completely contradictory to free speech.
     
  8. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    To be clear, the ALA is not in support of banning these books.

    It's no surprise to see that 'Atlas Shrugged' made the list. One of my favorite books of all time. The book banners really needn't be worried about it, considering that at 900 or so pages, most of the videogame generation couldn't even lift it, let alone attempt to read it.

    Seriously, who would try to ban 'The Old Man and the Sea'?

    Keith
     
  9. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    Wow.

    There is only one on there I've not read, and only 3 that I hadn't read by the age of 13.

    What a waste of good words.
     
  10. The Cheese

    The Cheese somewhere special Member

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    nice.
     
  11. TANSTAAFL

    TANSTAAFL Downtown Seattle Member

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    You know his book was actually modified, unbeknownst to him.

     
  12. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    I did not know that.
     
  13. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I heard they retitled it Celsius 233... :)
     
  14. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    :laugh::bluelaugh::laugh: :thumbup:
     
  15. isher

    isher Clallam County Member

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    :thumbup:

    I myself have an unexpurgated bootleg copy of Kelvin 505.777


    isher
     
  16. Grunwald

    Grunwald Out of that nut job colony of Seattle, WA Well-Known Member

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    I know that in the past totalitarian societies engaged in book burning.
    We should start a big barn fire and start a new tradition:
    censor burning.
     
  17. magnum

    magnum Springfield American....'nuff said

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    Jaws! What, there was sex in that book...?
    I gotta read that again. I must have missed that part.:bluelaugh:
    The sad this is that I've read most of those books when I was younger and look how I turned out......maybe they are right...?:D
     
  18. Unka-Boo

    Unka-Boo Milwaukie Active Member

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    Meh....chain email of the week list....
     
  19. Ballistic

    Ballistic Salem, Oregon Active Member

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    Actually, this is a very good reading list. If you read all the books listed, you would have a solid foundation of important, meaningful, well written books. Quite an educational, really.

    (My hat's off to anyone finishing Ulysses; that's just plain hard work.)
     
  20. Unka-Boo

    Unka-Boo Milwaukie Active Member

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    Not what I meant....the books in question are fine, the "OMG!!! they BANZORED mah booookZ!!!!!" is the trivial random "chain" e-mail crap that gets people worked up for nothing....