Banned books? Did they ban books? Why would someone do that? And how can someone do that, people have worked for years to put their great thoughts and imagination in the whole book?
We have many truthtellers in this world and at the same time, we have several authors in this world, but when it comes to truthtellers + authors the number is surprisingly… well, you expected less… but it’s surprisingly more. We have many authors who dare to harbor the truth and irony within their book.
So, we have chosen a few books which have been banned from the world but are among the popular reads. Here, you go –
1. Tropic Of Cancer by Henry Miller
A book banned for 27 years after its first publication in 1934, is an American classic masterpiece by Henry Miller. This book is a combination of autobiography and fiction, detailing the struggling life of the writer. In this book, Miller also talks about his days and his friends. This book has been described as ‘notorious for his candid sexuality.’
2. Animal Farm by George Orwell
Depicting the Russian revolution, this powerful classic is a perfect satire. The story is about a group of animals, rebelling against their human farmer in order to create a happy and free place for everyone. However, the revolution doesn’t end well as everyone ends up under the dictatorship of a pig. This book didn’t suit to the government as it depicted the rise of communism. Also, the UAE banned it as they felt it was against Islamic values.
3. The Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Published in 1939, awarded with the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize, this book talks about a story of a poor family of tenant during the Great Depression. Through this book, the author tries to show the ordeal of the farmers during the Great Depression. The Grapes of Wrath was banned in 1939 for almost one and a half year in Kern county as people called this book ‘libel and lie.’
4. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Banned as obscene, this book is a story of a twelve-year-old girl, Lolita, who goes out for an adventure with her stepdad, who marries her mother for he develops an attachment with Lolita. It’s a beautiful novel.
5. Candy by Terry Southern & Mason Hoffenberg
A satire on sex and conventional culture, banned upon it’s initial publication, talks about a girl, Candy, and her adventures with sexual analyst and everyone she meets.
6. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
A 1979 novel, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1980, portrays these three stories – Stingo, a young aspiring writer from Sout, the Jewish scientist and his lover, the Sophie. It’s strange, but this book bothered the USA teenager parents as it contains sexual content.
7. Go The F**k To Sleep by Adam Mansbach
Described as a ‘children’s book for adults,’ a funny story of a parent who is asking her child to fall asleep sleeps himself, and then later when he wakes up, he finds his kid asleep so he sneaks out to watch a movie with his spouse, but after some time his child wakes up by the microwave beep alarm. It was banned as some people called it foul-mouthed children’s book.
8. To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
Published in 1960, won Pulitzer Prize, this book became a famous classic modern American literature. This book talks about the author’s observations of her family and her neighbourhood when she was 10. In 1966, some people found it improper for young students.
9. The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
An old, high-fantasy novel, has its separate fan base. In some areas, people called this book ‘satanic’ and in New Mexico, they even burnt it as it they found it against the values of the church.
10. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Published in 1982, this book illuminates the life of the women of Africa-America in the 1930s. This book has won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. The country banned this book due to its sexual graphics and content on violence.
So, which one are you going to read now? Share your experiences with us in the comment section below.