We owe it to each other to tell stories - Neil Gaiman

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Celebrate your freedom to choose

Read a banned book, it could just be exhilarating doing something doing something that you know that once upon a time you were not allowed to do!!!! Go on be crazy and live on the edge a bit...

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Books that have been banned

"For only when free men write and speak truth will the exercise of arbitrary power be exposed and opposed"

I find it interesting that numerous books that have been considered to be the best books written are those that have been banned. Here are some of the books that have been banned:

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
The Color Purple, Alice Walker
Ulysses, James Joyce
Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
Beloved, Toni Morrison
The Lord of the Flies, William Golding
1984, George Orwell
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Lolita, Vladmir Nabokov
Catch-22, Joseph Heller
The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
Their Eyes were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
Native Son, Richard Wright
Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey
Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
The Call of the Wild, Jack London
Go Tell it on the Mountain, James Baldwin
All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren
The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
Lady Chatterley's Lover, DH Lawrence
Sons and Lovers, DH Lawrence
Women in Love, DH Lawrence
A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
A Separate Peace, John Knowles
Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs
The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer
Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller
An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser
Rabbit, Run, John Updike

Monday, 28 September 2009

Banned Book Week

So today I went on to Sparknotes as I sporadically do, and discovered that we are in the middle of Banned Book Week. Very exciting. I have read a few of the books that have been banned such as The Catcher in The Rye, James and the Giant Peach and The Diary of Anne Frank. Of course it is ridiculous that books get banned, but people are stupid and think that by banning a book they can stop you thinking about something in a certain way, well they can't so Rock On to all authors who have been banned.

Some of the authors that have been banned are...
Lewis Carrol, Maya Angelou, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Milan Kundera, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemmingway, Joseph Heller, James Joyce, William Shakespeare et al.

Clearly there was not much freedom when these books were banned, but I am glad that I can read whatever I want to and at present I am reading Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex which incidentally is one of the books that were banned. Will write a post about it as soon as I have finished, but viva la revolution of honesty in banned books!!!

Sunday, 27 September 2009


Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

This is by far my favourite quote from all the literature I have read. It is so profound, and I thought it would just be fitting for my newest blog. So books I have read and loved or hated and authors I admire will be mentioned her. Lets have some fun...