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29 September 2011


It's National Coffee Day as well as Banned Books Week - two important-to-acknowlege "celebrations/commemorations", if you ask me!

In honor of National Coffee Day, I bought myself a coffee this morning, instead of subjecting myself to the gruel sad excuse for my caffeine fix I normally consume (for free) at the office. And it was glorious!

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As for the books... I like this celebration, because I rather dislike the idea of banning books. Duh. I mean, do we really need to discuss this? No. Here are 46 classic titles from the Radcliffe's Rival list of the 100 Best Novels that have been banned or challenged at some point or another in history:

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Ulysses, by James Joyce
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
1984, by George Orwell
Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
Native Son, by Richard Wright
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey
Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
Lady Chatterley's Lover, by D.H. Lawrence
A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
Sophie's Choice, by William Styron
Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence
Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs
Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence
The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer
Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser
Rabbit, Run, by John Updike

Book-banning is not a thing of the past, BTW. Here's a list (though not necessarily comprehensive) of 100 books that were banned or challenged somewhere or by some-body between 2000-2009!

I can't imagine not being able to read what I want, and I'm grateful for the freedom I have that enables me to do just that - read what I want, when I want to, wherever I please. I do not take this gift for granted. Any titles on these lists that you haven't yet read? Maybe to high-five Banned Books Week, try to read one or more of them in October?! I think I'll do that. It probably won't be Ulysses. Though I'm so glad I *could* read it if I had the urge (and time)!

Read more about Banned Books Week here. And if the mood so strikes you today, go pick up one of these great books and start reading with a cup of warm coffee in hand.

1 comment:

  1. I've read 19 of those 46 listed.

    As for Ulysses... I read years and years ago and there were so many footnotes to explain the contemporary context of Joyce's references... and Ulysses has even more!

    In books from the past for which contemporary events and culture inform so much of the meaning, I always wonder if I should ignore publisher/editor footnotes until the end, because the constant flipping back and forth between the narrative and the notes really disrupts the flow... and I don't know that it really helps me at all, getting context piecemeal.