Best Banned and/or Censored Books (or Worst to Have Banned) > Julia Boechat Machado’s Votes


1 Lolita
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 396,108 ratings
"Although it was published in Paris, it was soon (1956) to be banned there for being obscene. An Argentinian court banned the book in 1959 and again in 1962 ruling that the book "reflected moral disintegration and reviled humanity." In 1960, the New Zealand Supreme Court also banned the book. It was later freely published in France, England, and the U.S."
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2 Ulysses
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 64,124 ratings
""Given its long history of censorship, ULYSSES has rarely been selected for high school libraries." -- Judith Krug, director, Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association, 1986."
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3 The Catcher in the Rye
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,574,262 ratings
"Considered "dangerous" because of vulgarity, occultism, violence and sexual content.
This is a perennial favorite of censors and has been banned in the U.S. and Australia."
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4 The Master and Margarita
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 99,844 ratings
"Banned in Soviet Union for portraying the devil."
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5 Reinações de Narizinho, vol...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 316 ratings
"Children's book challenged in Brazil for racism allegations. "
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6 Doctor Zhivago
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 51,047 ratings
"Banned within the USSR until 1988 for its criticism of the Bolshevik Party."
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7 As I Lay Dying
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 80,715 ratings
"In 1986, Graves County, Kentucky, the school board banned this book about a poor white family in the midst of crisis, from its high school English reading
list because of 7 passages which made reference to God or abortion and used curse words such as "bastard," "goddam," and "son of a bitch." None of the board members had actually read the book."
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8 Slaughterhouse-Five
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 662,684 ratings
"Considered "dangerous" because of violent, irreverent, profane and sexually explicit content.
Burned in Drake, North Carolina, 1973;Rochester, Michigan, 1972; Levittown, New York, 1975; North Jackson, Ohio, 1979; Lakeland, Florida, 1982."
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9 The Decameron
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 19,407 ratings
"In Cincinnati, an "expurgated" version of Boccacio's Decamerone is confiscated in 1922. In 1926, there is an import ban of the book by the Treasury Department. In 1927, U.S. Customs removes parts of text from the "Ashendene edition" and ships the mutilated copy back to me British publisher in London. In 1932, import ban lifted in Minnesota. In 1934, the New England Watch and Ward Society still bans the book. In 1954, it is still on the black list of the "National Organization of Decent Literature."
Vonnegut’s book about a time-traveling prisoner of war who has no control of where he will end up next has faced challenges against what opponents feel is unnecessary sex, violence, language, anti-religion, torture, ethnic spurs, and misogyny."
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10 1984
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 1,434,831 ratings
"Objections to pro- Communist material and explicit sexual matter. Also banned on Soviet Union."
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11 Fahrenheit 451
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 835,400 ratings
"This book is about censorship and those who ban books for fear of creating too much individualism and independent thought. In late 1998, this book was removed from the required reading list of the West Marion High School in Foxworth, Mississippi. A parent complained of the use of the words "God damn" in the book. Subsequently, the superintendent instructed the the teacher to remove the book from the required reading list."
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12 Brave New World
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 786,591 ratings
"Removed from classroom, Miller, Missouri, 1980, because it made promiscuous sex "look like fun"."
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13 The Adventures of Huckleber...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 841,666 ratings
"The word "nigger," which appears many times in the novel, was the cause for the removal of this classic from an eighth-grade reading list. In the 1950s, the NAACP objected to the book's perceived racist tone. In 1984, the book was removed from a public high school reading list in Waukegan, Illinois, because a black alderman found the book's language offensive."
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14 Lord of the Flies
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 1,258,338 ratings
"Considered "demoralizing inasmuch as it implies that man is little more than an animal."
The Toronto School Board banned this classic from all its schools, claiming it was racist for use of the word "niggers." Even Golding's Nobel Prize in literature did not protect this author's book."
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15 The Grapes of Wrath
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 399,297 ratings
"Considered "dangerous" because of obscene language and the unfavorable depiction of a former minister.
Several months after the book's publication, a St. Louis, MO library ordered 3 copies to be burned for the vulgar words used by its characters. It was also banned in Kansas City and in Oklahoma."
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16 The Origin of Species
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 48,821 ratings
"The teaching of evolution *has been* banned at one time or another in certain parts of the United States. The famous Scopes "Monkey" trial was the result of a teacher being tried for violating the ban on teaching of evolution in Tennessee."
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17 The Picture of Dorian Gray
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 443,999 ratings
"Considered homoerotic and suggestive. Many critics, including the Daily Chronicle on June 30, 1890 said that there is, “one element which will taint every young mind that comes in contact with it. The first edition was more suggestive to the readers, and Wilde quickly responded by adding chapter to give more background to the characters. While much of the uproar was directed at the homosexuality of not only themes in the novel but Oscar Wilde himself, there was also a stir over the immoral influences. Many attempted to argue that the acts encouraged by Lord Henry were damaging to those who read the horrifying story of young Dorian Gray. Oscar Wilde’s response to those who saw “corrupting influences” in The Picture of Dorian Gray was that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.” The aesthetic movement that Wilde led and its clash with living a “moral life” shown in the novel haunted Oscar Wilde for years. After the release of this story in 1890, Wilde was brought to trial in 1895. This specific work of his was used against him in court. The moral dilemmas there were written were in direct conflict with societal rules. Wilde used The Picture of Dorian Gray as his autobiography claiming, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be- in other ages perhaps.” Not only was this book banned because of the sexual undertones, it eventually helped send Wilde to a couple of years of imprisonment."
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18 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's ...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 394,807 ratings
"Some parents called it glorification of prostitution, murder and obscenity. But educators, academic experts and even other parents see it as a valuable teaching tool."
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19 A Clockwork Orange
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 344,931 ratings
"Banned for its "objectionable" language."
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20 Black Beauty
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 150,404 ratings
"Banned in South Africa in 1955 because of the title."
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21 East of Eden
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 255,251 ratings
"Banned for being considered "ungodly and obscene.""
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22 All Quiet on the Western Front
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 175,242 ratings
"Banned in Chicago and Boston, in Austria, and Czechoslovakia in 1929; in Germany in 1930; and in Italy in 1933. There was a public burning in Germany in 1933, for demoralizing and insulting the Wehrmacht."
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23 Candide
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 121,506 ratings
"In 1930, U.S. Customs seized Harvard-bound copies of Candide, claiming obscenity. Two Harvard professors defended the work, and it was later admitted in a different edition. In 1944, the US Post Office demanded the omission of Candide from a mailed Concord Books catalog."
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24 Lysistrata
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 19,218 ratings
"U.S. import ban on Lysistrata was lifted in 1930.This Greek tragedy was written somewhere around 400 B.C."
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25 The Satanic Verses
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 32,014 ratings
"The Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran put a price on the head of this author for writing this book which allegedly is critical of the Islam religion. "
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26 The Diary of a Young Girl
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 1,415,723 ratings
"Banned because of objections to sexually offensive passages."
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27 A Farewell to Arms
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 156,317 ratings
"Labeled as a "sex novel."
Challenged by Dallas, Texas, Independent School District high school libraries, 1974."
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28 Harriet the Spy (Harriet th...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 57,460 ratings
"Considered "dangerous" because it "teaches children to lie, spy, back-talk and curse."
Challenged by Xenia, Ohio, school libraries, 1983."
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29 Alice in Wonderland (Alice'...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 244,898 ratings
"Banned in China (1931) for portraying animals and humans on the same level; "Animals should not use human language.""
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30 The Call of the Wild
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 177,486 ratings
"Banned in Italy (1929), Yugoslavia (1929), and burned in Nazi bonfires (1932)."
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31 The Complete Essays
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 7,807 ratings
"1595 France-Lyons: Certain sections of the unexpurgated edition were banned by the Church for being tolerant of an easy morality."
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32 For Whom the Bell Tolls
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 156,282 ratings
"Declared non-mailable by the U.S. Post Office (1940). On Feb. 21, 1973, eleven Turkish book publishers went on trial before an Istanbul martial law tribunal on charges of publishing, possessing, and selling books in violation of an order of the Istanbul martial law command. They faced possible sentences of between one month's and six month's imprisonment "for spreading propaganda unfavorable to the state" and the confiscation of their books."
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33 Ghosts
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 6,366 ratings
"In Spain in 1939, all works by Ibsen were purged by the Franco Government. In 1890, Ghosts was banned in St. Petersburg on religious grounds for references to incest and sexually transmitted diseases. The ban was lifted in 1958."
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34 The Joke
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 14,675 ratings
"Banned in Czechoslovakia after the Warsaw Pact invasion of 1968."
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35 Charlie and the Chocolate F...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 378,598 ratings
"This book was placed in a locked reference collection at the Boulder Colorado Public Library in 1988 because a librarian thought it espoused a poor philosophy of life."
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36 Twelfth Night
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 96,175 ratings
"Removed from a Merrimack, New Hampshire, high school English class in 1996 because of a policy that banned instruction which has "the effect of encouraging or supporting homosexuality as a positive lifestyle alternative.""
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37 Hamlet
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 426,701 ratings
"The Savannah Morning News reported in November 1999 that a teacher at the Windsor Forest High School required seniors to obtain permission slips before they could read Hamlet, Macbeth, or King Lear. The teacher's school board had pulled the books from class reading lists, citing "adult language" and references to sex and violence. Many students and parents protested the school's board's policy, which also included the outright banning of three other books. "
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38 Leaves of Grass
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 49,864 ratings
"Walt Whitman's famous collection of poetry was withdrawn in Boston in 1881, after the District Attorney threatened criminal prosecution for the use of explicit language in some poems. The work was later published in Philadelphia."
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39 Confessions
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 3,585 ratings
"Jean-Jacques Rousseau's autobiography Confessions was banned by U.S. Customs in 1929 as injurious to public morality. His philosophical works were also banned in the USSR in 1935, and some were placed on the Catholic Church's Index of Prohibited Books in the 18th century. (The Index was a primarily a matter of church law, but in some areas before the mid-19th century, it also had the force of secular law. A summary of the contents of the last edition, published in 1949, is available from the Internet Archive. The Index was finally abolished in 1966.)"
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40 Frankenstein
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 657,277 ratings
"Frankenstein was banned in South Africa as "indecent, objectionable, or obscene". "
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41 Little Red Riding Hood
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 14,497 ratings
"An illustrated edition of "Little Red Riding Hood" was banned in two California school districts in 1989. Following the Little Red-Cap story from Grimm's Fairy Tales, the book shows the heroine taking food and wine to her grandmother. The school districts cited concerns about the use of alcohol in the story."
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42 Howl and Other Poems
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 55,368 ratings
"Copies of the first edition seized by San Francisco Customs for obscenity in March 1957; after trial, obscenity charges were dismissed."
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43 Madame Bovary
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 128,546 ratings
"Flaubert's novel was banned and he was prosecuted for "offenses against public morals"."
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44 The Metamorphosis
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 259,179 ratings
"Banned in Nazi Germany, like all of Kafka's work."
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45 Nausea
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 43,799 ratings
"Sartre's complete works were banned for the Greek dictatorship of 1969.
His works were also in the Catholic Church's Index of forbidden works."
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46 Z
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 364 ratings
"Banned for the greek dictatorship of 1969. Also banned: peace movements, strikes, labor unions, long hair on men, The Beatles, Sophocles, sociology, international encyclopedias, free press, and new math. Also banned is the letter Z, which was used as a symbolic reminder that Grigoris Lambrakis and by extension the spirit of resistance lives (zi = "he (Lambrakis) lives")."
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47 Selected Stories
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 17,781 ratings
"Chekhov's complete works were banned for the Greek dictatorship of 1969.
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48 Oedipus Rex
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 98,254 ratings
"Sophocles's complete works were banned for the Greek dictatorship of 1969.
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49 The Oresteia
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 20,540 ratings
"Aeschylus's complete works were banned for the Greek dictatorship of 1969.
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50 Père Goriot
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 23,226 ratings
"Balzac's complete works were in the Catholic church's Index of Forbidden works."
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51 The Immoralist
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 5,211 ratings
"André Gide's complete works were in the Catholic church's Index of Forbidden works."
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52 Gargantua and Pantagruel
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 7,992 ratings
"Rabelais's complete works were in the Catholic church's Index of Forbidden works."
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53 The Gods Will Have Blood
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 763 ratings
"Anatole France's complete works were in the Catholic church's Index of Forbidden works."
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54 Feliz Ano Velho
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 1,073 ratings
"Banned for the brazilian dictatorship."
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55 Zero
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 94 ratings
"Banned for the brazilian dictatorship."
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