Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Banned Books Week

In honor of Banned Book Week here are a few of my favorites from the banned book lists.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Apparently not everyone loves this story as much as I do.   High schools and even one college have banned this classic novel, though you’ll generally find it taught in most American Literature courses.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

This novel explores the darkest side of human nature so I often recommend it to fans of The Hunger Games and other dystopian novels.  It’s another book that shows up both in high school curriculum and on banned books lists.

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

It’s the quintessential anti-war novel and one of the most banned books of our time.  I read this one in high school specifically because of the controversy but discovered that I appreciated Vonnegut’s biting satire a lot more when rereading it as an adult.

1984 by George Orwell

Can you imagine never having heard of an Orwellian future or 1984 scenario?  George Orwell’s nightmarish vision of the future has been banned in both the former U.S.S. R. and the United States.   I suspect Orwell would have appreciated the irony.  

 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Since publication in 1884 this American novel has been banned, challenged and even revised to be less offensive.   Mr. Twain seems like a pretty feisty character himself.  I wonder what he would have thought about that.

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kakfa  

On the other hand Franz Kafka had a very dark view of government and I think he easily would have anticipated his work being banned by the Nazi and Soviet regimes. That's literally Kafkaesque.

Alicia Cavitt
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