The American Library Association celebrates the Banned Book week 2018 between September 23 to 29 this year. Of course everyone knows that, it has been the talk of the book blogger world for the past few weeks. Why am I, someone who doesn’t live in the USA , posting about it, right?
I am an Indian, who lives at Dubai and I think banning books are more relevant to me than anyone else. In India books get banned for the weirdest reasons and as a country that has just decriminalized same sex relationship mere days ago, it may not be really surprising. More often than not, random books get challenged for religious reason, so much for being a secular country.
So my enthusiasm to give a voice against banning of books and the banned book week is quite understandable.
TEN QUOTES FROM BANNED BOOKS
I am sharing the quotes I love from the books that were banned in any given point of time in the USA. Let us get on with it.
they say that time heals all things,
they say you can always forget;
but the smiles and the tears across the years
they twist my heart strings yet!
― George Orwell, 1984
I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It’s nice.
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
Obscenity only comes in when the mind despises and fears the body, and the body hates and resists the mind.
― D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover
I can’t change where I come from or what I’ve been through, so why should I be ashamed of what makes me, me?
― Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
I want anything that breaks the monotony, subverts the perceived respectable order of things.
― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
I opened my mouth, almost said something. Almost. The rest of my life might have turned out differently if I had. But I didn’t.
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
He Who Marches Out Of Step Hears Another Drum
― Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.
― John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men
When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.
Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak
I had given up some youth for knowledge, but my gain was more valuable than the loss
― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
What do you think about censorship? Do you have any favorite book that was banned or challenged in your country? Let us discuss.