5 Banned Books you should read anyway.
Ok soooo when i arrived to hartsfield terminal in ATL to start this tour couple days ago& was told my bags were 11 pounds overweight it disturbed me-i packed exceedingly light for such a long trip and didnt even have that big a bag. My awkward feelings only increased when i realized it was mostly all the (hardcover) books i’d brought. Yeah… ive heard of kindle. ive even bought them as gifts for people- but i still like physically turning the pages in a book. Even when its bulky.
Recently a new reason to keep the books here in the physical realm came to me though- consider that if the gov’t decides to ban a book or a movie today- all theyd have to do is remove it from your ebook menu… #ThinkAboutIt
At any rate, here are 5 books they decided in the past you werent able to handle for yaself…All 5 have been condemned, banned or even burned. What do u think?
1.Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Way before he got name dropped by Jay Electronica, Vonnegut was expanding minds. This masterpiece in nonlinear story structure that moves forward and backwards in time, Vonnegut’s book centers around possibly delusional solder Billy Pilgrim, who is captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. While detained in a slaughterhouse, Billy experiences past and future events out of order, including being kidnapped by aliens and the moment of his murder. Exploring the concept of fatalism over free will, Vonnegut’s book is as much of a trip as Billy’s journey to the planet Tralfamadore.
2.Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Often banned for sexual content and adult themes, Huxley’s book is eerily prescient, with fetuses being genetically manipulated and divided into different castes, and citizens conditioned to value consumption and to loathe being alone. With reproduction taken off the table, sex is encouraged as recreation, and marriage, parenthood, and pregnancy are never mentioned or pursued. Published in 1932(!!), Brave New World was and is a brave new book.
3.Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume
There is a rite of passage which every prepubescent girl must undergo before she can call herself a woman. That, dear readers, is plowing through Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Born to a Christian mother and Jewish father, sixth-grader Margaret sets out on a quest to find a religion. Meanwhile, she’s dealing with the usual pre-teen issues, including wishing for bigger breasts (doing exercises while memorably chanting, “I must, I must, I must increase my bust!”) and her period. Blume captures the familiar angst and confusion of an adolescent seeking her identity.
4.The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
Perhaps the most controversial book of our generation, Rushdie’s book focuses on the struggles of two Indian expatriates in England who are transformed in a plane crash into an archangel and devil. But it’s the dream sequences — one about a fanatic religious leader that is a thinly veiled allusion to the Ayatollah Khomeini — that have resulted in an ongoing fatwa against Rushdie and his publishers. Individual purchasers of the book have not been harmed.
5.Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
Banned for its sexual content, Miller’s 1934 book is a frank, semi-autobiographical novel about an expatriate American in Paris. A meditation on the human condition in all its squalid, lonely, and rollicking glory, the work opened the literary door for other writers to write more candidly about sex. Perhaps knowing the book would be controversial, Miller felt compelled to write as honestly as possible, writing “There is only one thing which interests me vitally now, and that is the recording of all that which is omitted in books.”
To me, if you cant explore the other side of your belief, the other guys position- you dont know your own well enough. If thats the case, you should be SEARCHING for more information and perspective- not blindly accepting what you’re “taught” (told). READ!!!