I am quite anti-censorship and the banning of books is one of the most annoying things that civilization has come up with. It is akin to validifying someone's thoughts. Yeah, those thoughts got published as books but they started as thoughts and ideas at the very core. It is so 1984-ish (George Orwell's) thought control. Strange how they, people who challenge books to be banned, are afraid of thought being spread!
Are Ideas so exclusive that they can be buried under Banned tags?
I believe that ideas are not something that can only spread by exchanging. Ideas do ignite and evolve on its own. Most importantly thoughts are not exclusive! Many people can come up with same ideas without ever coming across each other. For example the invention of Airplanes, many people were working on the same mechanism during that era. It was a matter calibration and execution that, the Wright Brothers got that achievement's medal pinned on by history. However, we can rest assured that we were bound to get a flight sooner or later.
Here are some of the books that are/were banned and are often frequently challenged on the grounds of "offending" Religion, Sexuality, and Political Opinion.
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi: In 2013, banned in Chicago classrooms for gambling, offensive language, political and religious viewpoints. It was also considered to have “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” graphic depictions. This book is most challenged book almost every year.My Opinion: Enjoyable and incite-full. It is a memoir told in the form of graphic novel. The book gives you first-hand depiction of Islamic Revolution and life one family in Iran. The story speaks very strongly for education and condemns fundamentalism.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: This book was banned in Ireland (1953) for profanity and using God's name in vain. Another most frequent reason for the banning of this book is because of euthanasia.My Opinion: This book just gives me the feels! There is a strange sense of impending hope throughout the novella. It has a somewhat sad tone but yet it keeps the track filled with anticipate.
Candide by Voltaire: In 1930, U.S. Customs seized Harvard-bound copies of Candide, claiming obscenity.My opinion: Not outrightly banned, (or is it?) but yet detained from entering the country. well, about the book; I loved it. It's witty and satirical. However, most of all it is short yet encapsulates so many things! It feels like it was too short of a book to include so much content. It delivers more than written words, Wonderful and Impressive! Especially considering the fact that this book was written barely three days by Voltaire.
Animal Farm by George Orwell: It was banned in the USSR and other communist countries, In 2002, the novel was banned in the schools of the United Arab Emirates, because it contained text and/or images that are against Islamic values My opinion: I loved this book. One of my favorite classics. Absolutely brilliant. The writing is wonderful, the way this story is told is fascinating. George Orwell's book 1984 was also banned for political reasons. However, his dystopian worlds are the epitome of what could go wrong in social and political structures. Banning these books seems like a propaganda to push aside revoking of political ideas. No denying there may be some an ugly side to the social and political structure, but things are not just black and white. Balance is the key. Moreover, religious banning is beyond comprehension for me.
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank: This book is banned in Libanon for its positive depiction of Jews.
My Opinion: I cannot fathom the reason for this ban, I understand the underlining religious disharmony but come on Libanon! Also, Frank's diary is edited for sexual content, I have read the edited copy and unabridged copies are available nowadays.
Looks like I can go on and on with this list!
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