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September 13, 2006

451 Degrees Away From Education

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ryan Jones @ 12:00 am

Google is celebrating our freedom to read with their addition of Banned Books to Google Book Search. (yet they still haven’t added Internet Slang Dictionary)

Take a look at the list though… I remember distinctly reading over half of these books in high school and college. To Kill a MockingBird is still one of my favorite all time books. If you haven’t read it, now’s a good time.

1984, The Great Gatsby, Lord of the Flies, and The Sun Also Rises (along with some non banned books like The Stranger and Death of a Salesman) helped shape the very person I am. Without these books my mind wouldn’t be open to the things it is today.

To ban the books on this list is a travesty. None of these books deserved to be banned, they deserve to be mandatory reading for all Americans; 1984 especially.

How many of these books have you read? I Myself have read 9 (and seen 2 movies). Do you think any of them deserve to be banned? Let me know in the comments.

1 Comment

  1. Personally, I’ve read 6 and seen 1 on the screen. The thing I wonder is what are the reasons for challenging them? Actually, I don’t really wonder at all. I’m pretty sure that most of them boil down to fear. We’ve gotten to be such a coddling, ‘nurturing’ society, that reality and realism (even when shown in a fictional setting) is seen as too scary (or enlightening?) for the general masses. I recently reread a few of these books, and it’s amazing how much more my eyes were opened this time through. In high school, 1984 was a good book. Six months ago it scared the hell out of me. Society can’t accept a look in the mirror. That’s why these classics are being shunned. Society is hiding from itself.

    Comment by Vaughan — August 15, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

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