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East of Eden
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changing phrases of books

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message 1: by Kenneth (new) - added it

Kenneth White I am against all forms of censorship so, no I would not want the phrasing changed. Anyone who does not want to read it, just don't read it.

message 2: by Kelly H. (Maybedog), Big Kahuna, Ministry of Illicit Reading (new)

Kelly H. (Maybedog) (maybedog) | 623 comments Mod
I don't believe it's appropriate to change an older book that offends our modern sensibilities. If we do, then we don't understand the rest of the book. This sentence tells us what kind of narrator is talking, how he related to the ideas of the time. If we change it, the book is no longer the same book.

I haven't read the book but I am actually surprised by that. Have you read the whole book? Does that way of thinking continue throughout the whole book?

I think with old classics that might offend, it's fine to have a preface explaining things, but changing books, especially classics, is counter productive and morally repugnant in my opinion.

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