Some were naked and carrying their clothes; others half-naked, or more or less dressed, in school uniforms, grey, blue, fawn, jacketed, or jerseyed. There were badges, mottoes even, stripes of color in stockings and pullovers. Their heads clustered above the trunks in the green shade; heads brown, fair, black, chestnut, sandy, mouse-colored, heads muttering, whispering, […]
Posts in category Banned Books
The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack. Private groups and public authorities in various parts of the country are working to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label “controversial” views, to distribute lists of “objectionable” books or authors, and to purge […]
Banned Books Read in 2008
I am the owner of a Yahoo group which reads banned and censored books, as well as books written by banned or censored authors. Anyone is welcome to join us.
Here is my banned books list for 2008:
1. The Giver, by Lois Lowry (read January 1, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
2. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison (read February 25, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
UPDATE: July 26, 2007 – The ALA Banned Books Week starts September 29, 2007 and runs through October 6, 2007. Why not celebrate by reading a banned book??
I don’t believe in censorship of books. One of the freedoms we are supposed to have in the United States is the freedom of speech, and so book banning or book challenges seem to go against everything for which the United States stands. Men and women have died to preserve our freedoms. And yet, every year books are banned in this country.
Because of this, I have made a point of reading banned books. I belong to a Yahoo book group which devotes itself to reading only banned books. Additionally, Pelham Public Library’s Fahrenheit 451: Banned Book Blog has challenged readers to celebrate their freedom by reading as many banned books as they can between February 26th and June 30th.
Throughout the year, I will be updating this post by listing the books I’ve read which have been banned or challenged (not only in the US, but worldwide).
Here is my list:
1. Catch 22, by Joseph Heller –
2. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker –
3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck –
4. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie –
5. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
6. For Whom The Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway –
7. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck –
8. A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving –
9. The God of Small Things, by Aruhdhati Roy –
10. East of Eden, by John Steinbeck –
11. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood –
12. Doctor Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak –
13. The Good Earth, by Pearl Buck
14. Candide, by Voltaire