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5 years ago  ::  Jun 05, 2009 - 1:24PM #1
Beliefnetsabee
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Have you ever read a book that was listed as having been banned? What's your favorite banned book?

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5 years ago  ::  Jun 05, 2009 - 2:33PM #2
Ironhold
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To begin with, Wikipedia has a list of the most commonly banned or challenged books in the US.


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Here's the ones on that list I've read, with those items marked by a * symbol being ones I read for class.


 


1984*


Bless Me, Ultima*


Brave New World*


Bridge To Terabithia


The Great Gatsby*


Heart of Darkness*


How To Eat Fried Worms


In The Night Kitchen


A Light In The Attic


Lord Of The Flies*


Of Mice And Men*


To Kill A Mockingbird


Where's Waldo


A Wrinkle In Time*

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5 years ago  ::  Jun 05, 2009 - 7:34PM #3
Don't_Be_Captious
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Good topic.  I looked at that list on wikipedia Ironhold mentioned.  Here are some from that list I can remember I've read.  (Edit: * read for class; good idea, Ironhold)


Animal Farm*


Brave New World*


Call of the Wild (are you kidding me?)


Candide


DaVinci Code


Frankenstein*


Grapes of Wrath


Gulliver's Travels*


Johnny Got His Gun


Lord of the Flies


Naked Lunch


Nineteen Eighty-Four*


Rights of Man (Thomas Paine)


Tropic of Cancer


Ulysses*


 


Edit:  I didn't see these on the wikipedia article, but Ironhold has them in his list (again, ones I've read)


The Great Gatsby*


Heart of Darkness


Of Mice And Men*


A Wrinkle In Time*

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5 years ago  ::  Jun 06, 2009 - 9:39AM #4
Fideidefensor
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1984


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


The Anarchist Cookbook


Captain Underpants


Carrie


The Catcher in the Rye


Christine


A Clockwork Orange


Flowers For Algernon


The Grapes of Wrath


Little Black Sambo (It was read to me as a child)


Lord of the Flies


Of Mice and Men


The Sun Also Rises


Where's Waldo?


Um....I didn't realize my reading list was so interesting. I consider many of these classics. I realize that this list is from 1990-2000, therefore the Harry Potter series had not been published. I hesitate to mention this, but there are some that I thought would make the list that didn't (thank God!). Chief among them is Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. It is one of my favorite works. I have my own copy, so I needn't worry.

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5 years ago  ::  Jun 06, 2009 - 9:42AM #5
Fideidefensor
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Another one that didn't make the list: Mein Kampf! (Unbelievable!)

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5 years ago  ::  Jun 06, 2009 - 9:45AM #6
Fideidefensor
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OK, my last one, The Satanic Bible. Apparently, Nazism and Satanism are alright by this lists standards!

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5 years ago  ::  Jun 06, 2009 - 1:20PM #7
Ironhold
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Forgot some:


Call Of The Wild


Gulliver's Travels (one year, my science teacher actually showed us the NBC mini-series)

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5 years ago  ::  Jun 07, 2009 - 11:13AM #8
anx
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Many books particularly on Psychic Development was not really banned, but considered dangerous to the masses...in the Philippines, for many are brought to the Psychiatrist/hospitals....


Books on how to contact Fairies - Encanto de Dios


Books on Witchcrafts & mysticm


Books on Unlocking Psychic developemnts


Books on how to contact on the other side.


Accdng. to RC church, only Arch Angel Michael & his legions can go to the other side, to take some souls to the Light, through novena prayers.


The Tibetan monks hadth seven years underground to develop thier psyche, through prayers & mediatations...


Fairies are elementals, accdg. to RC church, they are fallen angels....


 


 


 


 

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5 years ago  ::  Jun 08, 2009 - 12:23PM #9
appy20
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I have read the overwhelming majority of the list.  A lot of them I loved.   Two that I did not see on that list is Harry Potter and Catcher in the Rye.   Both favorites. 


However, my number one favorite on the list is To Kill a Mockingbird. 


The sad thing is many of these books are insightful, poignant and profound. Almost all are well-done.

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5 years ago  ::  Jun 08, 2009 - 1:05PM #10
MysticWanderer
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Jun 8, 2009 -- 12:23PM, appy20 wrote:


I have read the overwhelming majority of the list.  A lot of them I loved.   Two that I did not see on that list is Harry Potter and Catcher in the Rye.   Both favorites. 


However, my number one favorite on the list is To Kill a Mockingbird. 


The sad thing is many of these books are insightful, poignant and profound. Almost all are well-done.





Which is precisely why some wanted them banned!  After all you can not allow dangerous ideas like racial equality or economic justice to be presented in a comopassionate and compellinig fashion!!  Crap doesn't get widely read and influence minds, good writing does.

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