Saturday, August 12, 2006

The Forbidden Library: Banned books

I recently found a very interesting website about censored books from the entire world. It's called The Forbidden Library and it features a large number of books that we're banned or challenged in different countries of the world as having a bad influence.

I'll quote a few hilarious titles just to show you how some governments can think:

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Banned in China (1931) for portraying animals and humans on the same level, "Animals should not use human language."
  • The Call of the Wild, by Jack London, Banned in Italy (1929), Yugoslavia (1929), and burned in Nazi bonfires (1932). Who knew Nazis didn't like sled dogs?
  • Hamlet. William Shakespeare, Banned in Ethiopia (1978)
  • The Martian Chronicles. Ray Bradbury. Challenged at the Haines City, Fla. High School (1982) for profanity and the use of God's name in vain. Challenged at the Newton-Conover, N.C. High School (1987) as supplemental reading due to profanity. Challenged at the Gatlinburg-Pittman, Tenn. High School (1993) due to profanity.
Well, you get the picture. Maybe it's not really a website to come back every day, but it's an interesting read anyway and well worth studying.

My score:
Graphics: 2/5
Useful information: 5/5
Enjoyment factor: 4/5
Comunity: N/A

Final score: 3.67/5 (Worth visiting)

You can find them at

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