Top 10 Banned Books Of The 20th Century

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They are all great reading.
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Female 94
These can`t banned now. I read in school To Kill a Mockingbird, reading this year The Cachter in the Rye and will read Grapes of Wrath next year.
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Female 23
I read Farenhieght 451 in school for Banned Books Week or whatever....it was really good, but confusing.
I have a copy, and it`s in a glass case, along with all my Harry Potter books.
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Female 1
Most of you don`t realize, but this was in the 20th century, which was in the 1900`s. A lot of these books aren`t banned now because the country is a bit more liberal than it used to be. Besides, most of these are classics that should be taught in schools.
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Male 31
Catcher in the Rye was brilliant.
YOU seem pointless.
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Male 581
....1984 was the worsst book ever. Giant waste of my life. To kill a mockingbird wasn`t bad. Catcher in the rye didnt really make much sense, just seemed pointless.
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Male 1,093
i read half the books in school. I guess my school was a rebel.
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Male 460
yeah it is VERY ironic that Farenheit 451 was banned.

I dont think they thought of that.

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Female 857
I think I have some new books on my to-read list.
Also, in Civics class (Politics) we watched the cartoon adaptation of Animal Farm. It was... interesting. I`d like to read the book.
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Male 221
Uhhhh no most of those aren`t banned
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Female 500
I have not read most of these books, but I`d like to know why Ulysses was banned? I`ve heard decent things about that book.
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Male 50
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, should be on the list , it is a wonderful banned book, but not banned anymore like many of these. Many of these are banned in a certain time period because they went againt the norm , or said something the goverment didn`t approve.
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Male 447
those books arent banned
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Female 105
Oh yah, I do know that Animal Farm isn`t on there, but it`s considered contorversial, and if you do not know by chance, Animal Farm and 1984 are both by George Orwell. I <3 him!!!
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Female 67
"I still do not know why you would ban Catcher in the Rye, or To Kill a Mockingbird."

To Kill a Mockingbird is often challenged by schools because of the fact that it has frequent usage of racial slurs, as well as a rather uncomfortably vivid description of rape in it. Silly, conservative PTA members thinking their kids don`t hear this stuff already.

Catcher in The Rye is often prohibited for the same reasons: silly parents and/or administrators not wanting kids to read about premarital sex, offensive language, alcohol abuse, and prostitution.

A vast majority of books that have been banned/are banned are banned because they`re thought of as inappropriate for students to read.

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Female 105
Wow. I already knew that Fahrenheit 451 and To Kill A Mocking Bird were banned, but 1984??? Lol. I had to read the latter in 10th grade, and Fahrenheit 451 last year (and way before then), and I read 1984 by choice, and I plan to start reading Animal Farm soon enough. But really now, I didn`t much care for To KilL A Mocking Bird, `twas quite drawn out and boring. XD
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Female 273
I still do not know why you would ban Catcher in the Rye, or To Kill a Mockingbird.
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Male 247
1984...brilliant novel.
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Male 105
The idea behind our government, Foob, is that there is a theory that at least 15% of americans are idiots. Are these people we can afford to have unrepresented in office?
I think not.

I find it morbidly ironic that 1984 was banned at some point. That`s exactly the kind of Big Brotheresque actions that are DESCRIBED IN THE BOOK.

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Male 632
The Grapes of Wrath???? I read that in school!!!
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Male 285
those books were banned in the 20th century (1900`s), they arent banned anymore.
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Female 670
I`ve read four, tried to read The Naked Lunch and Lady Chatterly`s lover, and never tried the other four.
The Naked Lunch is f*cked up.
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Female 119
Kairobert I really don`t know why are you sayung that, perhaps to sound "cool" that you`ve read the Qu`ran but honestly, it is by no means a racist nor violent book and if you really believe that, I would want you to read the Bible very closely with the same type of "ignorant set mind" that you read the Qu`ran and you will find some resemblances in "violence and racism"...but I guess that is what you get when you buy a cheap translation...

And with that said, for those who asked...Mein Kampf is not banned in here (US), one can get it at Barnes and Noble (and it`s not even expensive). Somebody should post a currently banned book list (but that has more variety other than English language books, there are very good banned Russian books)...would be interesting :)

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Male 49
Ha, it`s so ironic how Farenheit 451 was banned. It`s also one of my favorite books.
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Male 300
I`ve read several of them, but not all. I guess I`ll have to go and buy the ones that I haven`t read.

Book banning.......:-( >-(

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Female 84
^believe
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Female 84
I can`t BELIVE they would ban 1984. One of the best books.
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Female 14
kairobert, did you really read it or are you just saying it? When I read it I didn`t see any of that.

I`m not sure about the rest but I know To Kill A Mockingbird isn`t banned here.

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Male 1,289
are the quotes underneath the book covers the reason the books got banned? or what?
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Female 1,596
Fahrenheit 451, awesome book.
Banned because it talked about censorship, but I still thought it was good.
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Male 382
Banned? No book has banned in my country, not since before the 1800s. You americans, you`re a lovely people, but an insane government.
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Female 272
i think the fact that they WERE banned just makes each of their messages stronger, like fahrenheit 451 and 1984.
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Male 1,623
mein kampf is banned here... lol dunno why. if mein kampf is banned, the koran should be banned also. i have read the koran, its more violent and racist than any book ive ever read.
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Male 169
i read something like this ahiles ago, and catcher in the rye was "too depressing"
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Male 1,275
Who cares
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Male 81
Let me predict the next 20 comments.."I`ve read this book" or "We`re reading this book now in school"
POST CLOSED
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Male 27
DUUHHH.

I think the idea is they WERE banned at some point in time, probably when they were first released.
OBVIOUSLY they`re not banned now since you`re all reading them in school. Jees.

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Female 451
ha we`re talking about it in my english class. it`s banned book week so we`re reading banned books b/c our school doesn`t ban books! maybe cuz its so small and unimportant.?
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Female 170
Wow... I`ve read 6 of those already in my short lifespan...

We were discussing in my English class the fact that Catcher In The Rye was banned... I don`t understand it... That is a G rated book compared to the stuff on TV and movies I`ve seen parents let their kids watch... hypocrites...

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Male 572
yeah i have read some of them in school they`re not banned!
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Female 156
They`re not banned, they`re just challenged so often that it would be easier if they were. But I believe they all have been at some point.

I`ve read four of them so far...

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Male 442
Mein Kapf isnt banned, you can get it on amazon here
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Male 1,623
^ yeah I wondered why they left out Mein Kampf also. Thats like the most famous banned book ever. And its internationally banned I think. Wonder why, I thought we had free speech...
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Male 416
I expected mein kampf, since well... that would be more hate-creating than any of the ones in this list.
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Female 469
"Kind of ironic that fahrenheit 451 was banned"

Exactly what I was going to say, lol. Ive read all of these cept Lady Chatterleys Lover and Naked Lunch. Good reads, so glad they were unbanned. Surprised Huckleberry Finn isnt on here anywhere :P

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Male 4,246
"Reading is overrated." AKappy, that says SO much about you, you have no idea.

Anyhow, I used to own a book called "100 Banned Books," which would easily explain why these had been banned. But I had to sell it, and now I can`t find it anywhere. :-(

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Male 193
What the hell..back in my high school they MADE us read 1984, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Catcher in the Rye. I, of course, never read them anyways, but had I known of this list sooner, I would have used it as evidence! Curse you internet. Why couldn`t you have sought me out sooner when you could have be of use to me. Ahh, who am I kidding, I`ll always use you for porn :`)
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Male 47
I don`t get it. I`ve also read To Kill a MockingBird. Wtf, how does it have anything to do with anything. WHY IS IT BANNED?
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Male 602
In my school we HAVE to read catcher in the rye in gr. 11 or 12.
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Male 9,305
451 banned, wow...nice. Literature beginning to manifest itself.
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Male 756
slaughter house V was a pile of crap, but a lot of the other ones are ok.
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Male 458
what i dont get is, if you dont like the book/are offended by it, THEN DONT READ jeez, is it really such a hard concept to grasp? :-O
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Male 162
Kind of ironic that fahrenheit 451 was banned
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Female 472
Oggleboppite: These are actually banned in some schools/cities.

And you could just do research to find that out.

And both Fahrenheit 451 and 1984 ROCK.

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Female 1,589
It`s funny how "To Kill a Mockingbird" was banned, and now they teach it in school. ^__^ I read it in grade 9 as a class novel study. Lord of the Flies grade 10, Animal Farm grade 11, and The Great Gatsby grade 12. All of which were also in the top 100 books list here...it`s a shame that when I read them for the first time it had to be in high school because after analyzing them so much they were ruined for me. :/
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Female 442
Fahrenheit 451 is one of the best books I`ve ever read... I started Grapes of Wrath but haven`t really gotten the chance to read it recently.

BTW Gleeballs, that`s pretty cool. I shall now read that book just because of that fact. :)

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Male 2,616
Reading is overrated. I`ve only read these books because my AP lit class made me.
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Male 1,497
f451 and to kill a mochingbird are banned?!?!?! WTF??? i read those in school... they arnt banned!
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Female 850
slaughter house V was the first book to say "motherdrater" so that`s why it was so controversial.
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Male 180
Maybe they should have stuck with books that were CURRENTLY banned, since Ive read most of those.

Therefore this list does nothing for me.

The least they could have done was explain the history of when the books were banned, instead of leaving us to trust them.

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Male 869
Link: Top 10 Banned Books Of The 20th Century [Rate Link] - They are all great reading.
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