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message 1: by Kat (new)

Kat (katzombie) | 2478 comments Have you read any 'Banned Books' other than the group reads Moll Flanders or The Great Gatsby?

Here's the place to discuss them! Some banned books list for reference:

Books Banned by Governments

Goodreads Listopia of Banned Books

Most Commonly Challenged Books in the US


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Kat (katzombie) | 2478 comments I have read All Quiet on the Western Front and I can see why it was banned for the Nazis. Although it paints a very good picture of comradeship, it's certainly not very flattering towards the government.


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Kat (katzombie) | 2478 comments I've also read 1984 - the only reason I can see that it was banned by the Soviet Union is perhaps it hit a little close to home at the time.


message 4: by Lisa (last edited Jun 01, 2013 10:14AM) (new)

Lisa (lisathebooklover) | 9244 comments I have only read three banned/challenged books so far: The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men and The Da Vinci Code. I have several more on my TBR pile including Lolita, Lady Chatterley's Lover, Madame Bovary and Frankenstein. Hopefully I will get around to reading them soon.


message 5: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Lolita, particularly the the audiobook format narrated by Jeremy Irons, is fantastic!


message 6: by Lisa (last edited Jun 01, 2013 10:25AM) (new)

Lisa (lisathebooklover) | 9244 comments Chrissie wrote: "Lolita, particularly the the audiobook format narrated by Jeremy Irons, is fantastic!"

I have 'Lolita' in paperback but may also get the audiobook now that you have recommended it Chrissie :). I have the 1997 film, also starring Jeremy Irons, but I haven't watched it yet as I want to read the book first.


message 7: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Lisa, I never thought I would enjoy "Lolita". I gave it four stars!

My review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 8: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lisathebooklover) | 9244 comments Chrissie wrote: "Lisa, I never thought I would enjoy "Lolita". I gave it four stars!

My review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/..."


Great review Chrissie! I am really looking forward to reading it now.


message 9: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Lisa, I was so surprised! Jeremy Irons' reading, I think improved the book for me!


message 10: by Dem (new)

Dem | 944 comments I read The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien. This book was banned by Ireland's censorship board in 1960 for its explicit sexual content. Compared with some of the Novels of late, The Country Girls would seem very tame in comparison.


message 11: by Lisa (last edited Jun 01, 2013 12:30PM) (new)

Lisa (lisathebooklover) | 9244 comments Chrissie wrote: "Lisa, I was so surprised! Jeremy Irons' reading, I think improved the book for me!"

He was clearly the right choice to narrate the audiobook by the sounds of it. The fact that he starred in the film probably helped because he would know the text really well and would know how to narrate it to draw all the emotion and meaning out of it. Plus, he is a great actor and has a smooth, distinctive voice which would sound great on an audiobook. I am glad that you enjoyed it Chrissie and I think I will be bumping it up my TBR pile now :)


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Snoozie Suzie (snooziesuzie) | 937 comments I too read TDVC, and started to read Lolita, but I think we moved house and it never got finished and now I don't have it, but I may try to get a copy from the library as it got 4*s.
Lady Chatterly is one of my alphabet books do I will read it for that.

I enjoyed TDVC, and the others in the series. I think I demolished them all in next to no time once I had decided to succumb to the hype and read them!


message 13: by Snoozie Suzie (new)

Snoozie Suzie (snooziesuzie) | 937 comments Actually it's not on my alphabet list. Sons and Lovers is. I just looked.


message 14: by Ava Catherine (last edited Jun 03, 2013 09:09AM) (new)

Ava Catherine | 4258 comments I think most of the books I read are banned books. lol
I am amazed at how deep the list of banned books is. One of my favorite children's books Bridge to Terabithia is on the list. I am reading To Kill a Mockingbird and Gone with the Wind next week, and I think they are book on the list.
I will read The Great Gatsby and Moll Flanders again this month. Giant is a book I am interested in reading soon, and I haven't looked to see if it is on the banned list, but I wouldn't be surprised.


message 15: by Anne (Booklady) (last edited Jun 25, 2013 06:00PM) (new)

Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo (wwwgoodreadscomAnneMolinarolo) | 1282 comments I have read over half of the books on each list. I can't believe there are so many.

Connie, I WANT to read Giant by Edna Ferber too!


message 16: by Travis (new)

Travis (travistousant) | 6011 comments Lisa wrote: "I have only read three banned/challenged books so far: The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men and The Da Vinci Code. I have several more on my TBR pile including Lolita, Lady Chatterley's Lover, Madame ..."

Frankenstein is a good one very different from what most of us think of when we hear Frankenstein


message 17: by Travis (new)

Travis (travistousant) | 6011 comments I notice every single book we had assigned in school is on the wikipedia list


message 18: by Almeta (new)

Almeta (menfrommarrs) | 10137 comments Finished The Scarlet Letter on June 27th.

"This story is controversial because of Hester's adulterous affair and the resulting pregnancy. It has been challenged on sexual grounds, and has been called "pornographic" and "obscene"."

There are no sex scenes at all in the book, and no sexual language. Were it not for the resultant child, I would never have known of any perceived moral crime.

To my mind Nathaniel Hawthorne does not really write about the indiscretion of adultery. He writes about the affect of guilt.


message 19: by Rusalka, Moderator (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 17076 comments I've had this on my shelf for ages Almeta. Thanks for posting this, I pick it up sooner!


message 20: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 48834 comments Almeta wrote: "Finished The Scarlet Letter on June 27th.

"This story is controversial because of Hester's adulterous affair and the resulting pregnancy. It has been challenged on sexual grounds, and has been ca..."


Pornographic and obscene?? Wow, someone has a vivid imagination!


message 21: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20009 comments I read The Scarlet Letter last summer. I was trying to catch up on all of the "classics" I could not remember reading when I was younger.

I started reading it, without not even knowing what it was about. (Yes, I do that a lot.) I thought it was about a letter written in red ink or something. I wanted to know what was in the letter, and understand why the book was called that.

I agree with Almeta. It was totally all about the guilt. It is totally worth reading!


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