Banned Books Week 2017: 10 quotes from iconic banned books

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An annual event celebrating the freedom to read, Banned Books Week reinforces the value of free and open access to information. It brings the book and general community together in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas – even those some consider unpopular.

Books are banned or challenged for essentially four reasons. Some parents and librarians believe specific titles violate the social, political, sexual or religious norms that they hold dear, and that the influence of the titles would negatively affect readers and in turn the broader population. Sadly, each year a new crop of books is listed.

Here’s a selection of quotes from 10 favorite books of mine that have been banned or challenged.

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The Catcher in the Rye | J.D. Salinger | 1951

“It’s funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they’ll do practically anything you want them to.”

A Clockwork Orange | Anthony Burgess | 1962

“We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.”

The Handmaid’s Tale | Margaret Atwood | 1985

“Better never means better for everyone… It always means worse, for some.”

The Kite Runner | Khaled Hosseini | 2003

“It’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out.”

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest | Ken Kesey | 1962

“This world . . . belongs to the strong, my friend! The ritual of our existence is based on the strong getting stronger by devouring the weak. We must face up to this.”

The Outsiders | S. E. Hinton | 1967

“Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.”

A Prayer for Owen Meany | John Irving | 1989

“Logic is relative.”

Slaughterhouse-Five | Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. | 1969

“It is just an illusion here on Earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone, it is gone forever.”

To Kill a Mockingbird | Harper Lee | 1960

“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”

Where the Wild Things Are | Maurice Sendak | 1963

“There should be a place where only the things you want to happen, happen.”

Explore reasons for the ban or challenge for these and other titles here and here.

Support your freedom to read the books of your choice! Banned Books Week: 24-30 september 2017.

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