Its quite an irony that every year attempts are being made to ban/challenge several of the literary classics.
Be it George Orwell’s 1984 or J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, or Heller’s Catch 22 or Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind – these books are being challenged/banned for several reasons (mostly stupid).
And the primary reasons for being challenged/banned are::
- Institutions (Schools/students/community etc.),
- Initiator (Parents/Religious Organizations/Government etc)
- Type (sex/adult content etc.)
For e.g. few of my favorite books being banned for stupid reasons are:
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger for sexual content, offensive language and being unsuited to age group;
- The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier for sexual content and offensive language;
- Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher for racism and offensive language
ALA (American Library Association) is celebrating 25th year of Banned Books Week (Sep 23-30, 2006) and Google Books has joined their hands to bring some of these banned books to people.
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