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Celebrate banned books week by reading one

Posted on 23 September 2011 by Alice

The lovely people across the water in the USA host a Banned Books Week every year (starting tomorrow 24th September – 1st October) in the fight against literary censorship.

To take part, they encourage fellow Americans to read a banned book.

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But how can you get your hands on a banned book, I hear you ask. Well, it’s not as hard as you might think – you’ve probably got one on your bookshelf right now. It might not have been banned in your country or be banned at all any more.

Alice in Wonderland was banned in the Chinese Hunan Province in 1931 (if Wikipedia is to be believed) for portraying animals on the same level as humans. Tut, tut.

Why are most books banned? For offending, of course – either political regimes, religion, cultural or societal sensitivities. Some of the more famously banned books include D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover (very racy at the time), George Orwell’s Animal Farm (the USSR wasn’t a fan of its political overtones), Vladimir Nabakov’s Lolita (highly promiscuous) and Mein Kampf – Hitler’s biography (a cheery little title).

What banned books have you got on your bookshelf?

One Response to “Celebrate banned books week by reading one”

  1. JP says:

    All books are illegal…