My local library has a display up this month with all the books they have that were at one time banned. I think they know that advertising this will draw patrons over to see what’s controversial and/or naughty, and without realizing it, they’ll be reading a book instead of just renting a DVD or using the free Wi-Fi. Those librarians, always scheming…
Here’s an informative post by April Wood, over at the blog, “A Well Read Woman” explaining Banned Books Week and giving some interesting examples.
Closing books closes mind. Celebrate your f-read-om to read this week, (September 21-27, 2014), by reading a banned book!
Books are banned for all sorts of absurd reasons, including offensive language, sexually explicit material, violence, occult and or satanic themes, religious viewpoints, and being considered “anti-family”.
Notable banned books include:
1.) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, 1884
It was called, “trash and suitable only for the slums,” because of racially sensitive themes. It was first banned in Concord, MA in 1885.
My grandfather owned this book, possibly an original copy, and I remember reading it when I was very young. The racially oppressive language never bothered me, mostly because I didn’t know what it meant.
2.) The Call of the Wild, Jack London, 1903
This “man and his dog story” is often read by adolescents, and because of the audience it attracts, isn’t considered “age appropriate” due…
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