Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Banned Books Week: Day Four
The Top Ten List

by Pa Rock
Cultural Commentator

I pulled the following list off of the Internet today. There was no information given as to who made the selections or how, but I thought is was a good cross-section of books that have stoked a lot of controversy. I'm going to set a goal or reading (or re-reading) each of these classics before the next Banned Books Week rolls around. If your book club is looking for ideas, you can't go wrong with anything on this list!

Top Ten Banned Books of the Twentieth Century:

10. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

9. Lady Chatterly's Lover by D.H. Lawrence

8. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

6. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

5. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

4. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

3. The Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

2. Ulysses by James Joyce

Drum roll...and the number one banned book for the twentieth century is...

1. 1984 by George Orwell

"Books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can put thought in a concentration camp forever. No man and no force can take from the world the books that embody man's eternal fight against tyranny. In this war, we know, books are weapons."

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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