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120 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature
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Top Customer Reviews
I found this book very interesting in two ways. First, it offers a nice synopsis of 120 books, a few of which are somewhat obscure. And as it is unlikely that many have read all of these, this book provides enough information, along with Amazon reviews, of course ;), about the subject books for the reader to make the decision about investing the time to read it.
Following each book synopsis is a short history of when, where, why, etc that book was banned. I will admit that, after a few dozen times, I got tired of which local school board voted to remove a book from a reading list or library shelf. The local school board bannings are generally motivated by someone in the community finding a book offensive or insulting or age-inappropriate. And with the political correctness/hypersensitivity of today, I am only suprised that we do not see a vastly increasing number of complaints for various left- and right- of center reasons.
But I DID find the discussions of book bans at the national level quite interesting. The read can see how some governments through history have attempted control the thoughts of the citizens by controlling the printed material (and other media as well, of course) available. This book includes examples from all over the world and is very interesting.
This is a good book to add to your library.
If anything, this 540-page tome can tend to get a bit tiresome when it comes to details regarding censorship activities. Certain books are singled out by one parent, which leads to a cascade of committee reviews by district school boards, and frequently involving lawsuits. As one person noted in this book, attempts at banning books frequently lead to failure. And besides, if children really want to get their hands on a particular book, in this day and age, they readily can.
Perhaps the most surprising thing was how, even in the 21st century, there are still attempts to ban books in America.
FYI, the full text of this book is currently available on the Internet.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought it as a present for my roommate and she absolutely loved it! A great book for anyone who is interested in banned books and the histories behind them. Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by Kristen Luppino