Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #106

In honor of Banned Book Week


Thirteen Of the 100 Most Banned/Burned Books Of the Last Century Which I've Read and Believe My Life Would Have Been Diminished Without Them

  1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
  2. The Call of the Wild, Jack London
  3. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey
  5. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
  6. As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
  7. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  8. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
  9. 1984, George Orwell
  10. The Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  11. Beloved, Toni Morrison
  12. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
  13. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

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Nicholas 10/01/2008 4:57 PM  

Did someone try to ban LOTR?

I've read 5 off that list. I am utterly opposed to banning any book, under any circumstances. No one should be able to tell anyone else how to think.

Joy Renee 10/01/2008 5:10 PM  

Nicholas: re LOTR--the link to the list I used is the title of my list but her is a direct quote on the entry for LOTR:

Burned in Alamagordo, N. Mex. (2001) outside Christ Community Church along with other Tolkien novels as satanic. Source: Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom, Mar. 2002, p. 61.

Candy Minx 10/01/2008 8:43 PM  

I really can't believe these books were amkes me feel a combination of fear and sadness. It also reminds me of the amazing novel (and movie) Farenheit 451. I don't even understand how 11 and 13 ccould be banned! And oddly...I too have read all of these books.

Amy's Blah, Blah, Blogging 10/02/2008 3:25 AM  

Interesting list. I had no idea many of those were banned. To Kill a Mockingbird? Oh please, every American should read that one!!

Toni 10/02/2008 5:19 AM  

I can't believe they would ever ban a book! I have read several on your list and they are amazing. Mine is up at A Daily Dose
A Daily Dose of Toni

Meju 10/02/2008 5:42 AM  

Most of those are must reads! How sad what wonders we could miss out on if banning books were common place.

Gattina 10/02/2008 6:37 AM  

Gone with the wind was banned ???

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