Mindy Memories

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Celebrate Freedom

From Booking Through Thursday

I bought a sweatshirt for my husband some years ago that says, "Celebrate freedom. Read a banned book." The shirt then goes on to list ten books that were currently banned somewhere in these United States. Here are a few examples: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, and Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. (For more information, see banned books online, and other sources.)

Have you ever knowingly read a banned book?
Yes, but I don't read a book because it's banned. A lot of the banned books I read in college and most of them I enjoyed. Don't know if Ulysses was banned, but it probably was due to the sexual references. Have to say that book drove me nuts -- not because of the topic but because of the way it was written. Yikes!

Have you read any of the books I listed above?
Yes, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Catcher in the Rye and The Grapes of Wrath.

Knowing that the above books have been banned, would you read them now? Why?
I don't give a hoot if a book is banned. I probably am more likely to read a banned book just out of curiosity, but if I started reading it and didn't enjoy it I'd put it down. I find that usually the reason books are banned is because they challenge the status quo in some way or aren't PC. I myself don't tend to follow all of society's little rules, so I would probably enjoy books that also don't.


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