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Banned books July 26, 2007

Filed under: Books all sorts — Kim @ 12:46 pm

The ALA has an interesting article on challenged and banned books. It seems unbelievable that books in this day and age can be challenged. And even banned. You can see the article here. They also host a “Banned Books Week” from September 29. To October 6. Click here to learn more.

I found another article on banned books, to be seen here. Consult Wikipedia here, to see which books are banned. You can explore these banned books here.






I did a post about the “banned books bracelet” in the past, click here to see it. (*Reminds the appropriate people that it’s still on my wish list*)


5 Responses to “Banned books”

  1. whaletale Says:

    Aren’t most books banned for religious reasons? I know Harry Potter is banned in Catholic schools around the world. As well as politically critical works concerning governments in power, i dont know about the rest.

  2. kimbooktu Says:

    As far as I know, that is usually the case. It’s either on religious or political grounds. Funny thing is that I read somewhere that of the 100 classical reads that remain popular and very well read, 24 are actually banned. Go figure.

  3. jenni Says:

    I was surprised Alvin Schwartz topped the list. I read all of his ghost stories in third grade. I’ve hauled them back out, and while i can understand the charge of “violent themes,” there is no satanism or “insensitivity”(what does that even mean in the context of a ghost story?).

  4. D S Says:

    So, whats the deal with banned books? Are they not for sale in that country or is it illegal to bring / read them?

  5. kimbooktu Says:

    @ D S: Books can be banned by a certain country, but that does not mean they are not available in others. The way countries act upon a banned book depends.

    Take my (free thinking) country. It is (still) against the law to own a copy of Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler. Booksellers who do sell it from underneath the counter will have the book impounded. Next to this they have to pay a penalty. As far as I know, it is the only book in my country that is illegal.

    If you look at Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, it’s something different again. You can buy it in a lot of countries, except for countries who still take offense to the book. He still has a “fatwa” on his head for writing it.

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