Question of the Week #44: Best Banned Books
This week is Banned Books Week. What's the best banned (or widely criticized) book you've ever read? Why?
For inspiration, check out this list of classics that have been banned at one time or another.
The classic: Fahrenheit 451.
Sep 28, 2009 10:04 am
'On the Origin of Species'
Sep 28, 2009 10:38 am
Wow - that list is like a "Must Read" list for anyone interested in classic literature. It saddens and angers me so much that small minded people feel that banning a book is an answer to anything.
Perish the thought that people might be able to exercise self censorship and simply decide not to read something because they don't want to rather than trying to tell someone else what they can and cannot read.
I could not even begin to choose a favourite from that list. I have read a lot of them. But I have not read them all so at least I have a new list of books to read in the future.
Sep 28, 2009 10:47 am
The two I like are: Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (so imaginative and provocative) and Light in August by William Faulkner which is my personal favorite of Faulkner's work.
Sep 28, 2009 10:55 am
I like Howl by Allen Ginsberg -- it was considered obscene, but its publisher won the 1957 obscenity trial.
I agree with cresswga -- it's horrible and sad and disgusting that people try to ban books! We should all read the ones on the banned lists... :)
Sep 28, 2009 1:55 pm
On that list it's a toss up between Catch-22 and Slaughterhouse Five.
Sep 28, 2009 4:55 pm
Gone Wind the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
It's such an accurate depiction of Southern culture. And Scarlett is so real!
Sep 28, 2009 8:12 pm
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck - beautiful prose.
Sep 28, 2009 9:14 pm
For now I would say 1984 but there are so many books in that list that I am planning on reading. If I didn't know any better I would say that list looks more like a "must read" book list than a "banned books" list. :)
Sep 29, 2009 9:50 am
Gone With the Wind is my favorite from that list, but I am also a huge fan of all Faulkner and Hemingway. As a teacher I cannot overstate the spiritual experience that is teaching Lord of the Flies or A Separate Peace.
Sep 29, 2009 2:21 pm
The biggest surprise on that list to me: that Charlotte's Web and Winnie-the-Pooh are on it. I can not imagine childhood without those 2 books.
Sep 30, 2009 11:25 am
Most of these I totally get. Bur Charlotte's Web? Seriously? Winie the Pooh? Kids not even old enough for elementary school can read these. Why were these banned?
Oct 2, 2009 1:53 am
My favorite is Catch-22 because it was the book that gave me access to layers. It helped me notice that all great books have way more than a story going on and made everything I read after so much richer.
Oct 2, 2009 9:36 am