Banned Books

It’s Banned Books week and I do not really agree with banning books. I think all of us are mature enough to know what to read and what not to and that individual choice should be left to us.

Here are a few of the banned books I have read.

 

The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank

An enduring story of a young girl’s enforced imprisonment during her formative years. Her moving account is as popular today as when it was originally published and has been translated into 50 languages. The book was banned in the Lebanon as it was deemed to portray Jews in too favorable a light.

I adore this book, have read it twice and will be going for more re-reads. It is such a sensitive book, everyone should read it.

 

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown 

If you have been living under a stone since 2003, you may have missed the phenomenon that is The Da Vinci Code. This mystery-detective novel follows symbologist Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu as they investigate a murder at the Louvre, and discover a battle between the Priory of Sion and Opus Dei over the possibility of Jesus Christ of Nazareth having been married to Mary Magdalene. The book has been criticized for its historical and scientific inaccuracy. It has been denounced by many Christian denominations as an attack on the Roman Catholic Church, and Christian leaders in the Lebanon went so far as to ban it.

Another one of my favorites, have read this one twice too, now this is surprising since I don’t read many books more than once. Loved it.

 

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini 

This tale of young people growing up through turbulent times in Afghanistan, with its coverage of paedophilia, rape, Nazism and sadism and strong language thrown in for good measure – all taking place in a Muslim country – was bound to create controversy. Its portrayal of characters from particular Afghan ethnic groups caused the film adaptation to be banned on the grounds that racial violence might ensue.

Beautiful touching story that made me cry. Must read.

 

The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka

Metamorphosis was banned by both the Soviet and Nazi regimes. Kafka’s story is of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetlelike insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. It was banned in the Soviet Union for being both decadent and despairing.

Read this one for Psychology Course requirement. Read it multiple times and loved all the psychological possibilities. This one’s deep. No idea why it would be banned.

 

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

Offensive and vulgar language; profanity; racism; sexism; promoting euthanasia and being anti-business are all accusations brought against this American classic, and it is often on the American list of the most censored books in schools.

Ah, such a lovely heart-touching story. Really liked it.  See my Review HERE.

 

Sons and Lovers – DH Lawrence

Lawrence tells the tale of Paul Morel and his Oedipal relationship with his mother. Essentially, Sons and Lovers explores the universal themes of family, love and the bonds of relationships.

Hmm, one of those difficult classics to tread through. I found it to be an alright book.

 

Angus, thongs and full frontal snogging – Louise Rennison

“Her dad’s got the mentality of a Teletubby (only not so developed). Her cat, Angus, is trying to eat the poodle next door. And her best friend thinks she looks like an alien — just because she accidentally shaved off her eyebrows. Ergghhhlack. Still, add a little boy-stalking, teacher-baiting, and full-frontal snogging with a Sex God, and Georgia’s year just might turn out to be the most fabbitty fab fab ever!” The first in the hugely popular Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series, its frank discussion of boys, and references to lesbianism, pornography and erections have made Angus… a target for censorship in US schools.

I understand why this would be banned. It made for a fun, light read though.

 Most of the other books on the list have been on my TBR since forever. I hope to read them all soon. What about you?

I picked up books from here – http://www.banned-books.org.uk/all

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12 thoughts on “Banned Books

  1. I have only read The Da Vinci Code from your list. I always get so surprised when they ban books, as if we as humans do not posses the right to choose which books are worthy to read.. It just goes to show what type of world we are living in.. I think i will read some of the books here, “The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini” seems especially interesting.. 🙂

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  2. I can’t believe books get banned- it’s ridiculous!
    I’ve also read Diary of Anne Frank, I read it earlier this year and, though it wasn’t what I expected at all, I am in love with that novel- it’s incredibly sad and incredibly beautiful. So many of the other books on this list are ones I’m really keen to read to- good on you celebrating banned book week!

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    • Pragya says:

      Oh I really liked Diary of Anne Frank too. I know, the whole concept of banning books is absurd. Do read some of them, they are amazing books.

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  3. Ugh! I hate book banning and I have read almost all the books on your list and I don’t really think any of them are inappropriate but that is my opinion. The more people tell me I can’t read something just makes me want to read it all the more!

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