Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I don't think many publishers are in favor of banning books. On the other hand, we would want books to be appropriate for younger readers, and for parents to have knowledge of what their kids are reading. Nowadays so many books for young people address the problems of the times, which are pretty hard to avoid not only in books but everywhere else, real or imagined. In any case, the American Library Association's list of the books Americans tried hardest to ban last year raises all sorts of questions that one must answer for oneself. 'Huxley's vision of a totalitarian future comes third on American Library Association's list of 2010's 'most challenged' books. Banned in Ireland when it first appeared in 1932, and removed from shelves and objected to ever since, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is still making waves today. The novel of a dystopian future was one of the most complained about books in America last year, with readers protesting over its sexually explicit scenes, "offensive" language and "insensitivity".' More...
Posted by Jim Menick at 10:54 AM