Top 7 banned literature books
on May 13, 2022
Books or other printed works such as plays or essays which are restricted or prohibited by the law or not easily accessible are Banned Books. The practice of banning books is a form of censorship with various motives such as political, legal, religious, moral, or commercial.
Fictional works such as novels, poems, and plays, and non-fictional works such as biographies and dictionaries, are also included in the banned books.
Many governments worldwide have their ways of controlling access to books, albeit the methods differ dramatically from one country to the next.
Since there are many banned books, here we sum up a list of the Top 7 Recently Banned Literature Books.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (2007)
Thirteen Reasons Why is a young adult novel that tells us the story of Hannah Baker, a school freshman, and the thirteen reasons which lead her to commit suicide. After her demise, Hannah leaves behind a series of 7 double-sided tapes which highlight 13 particular people and events that she thinks are the reason for her death. The tapes convey her life story that Hannah narrated herself.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (2009)
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a first-person narrative from the perspective of a 14-year-old promising cartoonist, Arnold Spirit Jr., also known as "Junior". The book showcases the life of Junior on the Spokane Indian Reservation and how he decides to go to a nearly all-white public high school. It is a graphic novel that includes 65 comic illustrations.
China Dream by Ma Jian (2018)
China Dream is a scathing, comical & beautifully written fable that aims at President Xi Jinping's Chinese dream of national rejuvenation. Ma Daode, a corrupt and prurient party official, has been appointed director of the China Dream Bureau. However, just as he is about to propose his proposal for implanting a microchip into every citizen's brain to replace all sad memories with a communal fantasy of national supremacy, his sanity begins to crumble.
His nightmarish visions from the past threaten to wreck his fantasy of a beautiful future.
Beartown by Fredrik Backman (2016)
Beartown is a story that follows a decaying rural village that pins its hopes of glory and economic regeneration on its junior hockey team competing in national competitions. But the weight of expectation rests heavily on the shoulders of the young lads, culminating in a violent deed that will traumatise one girl and throw the village into chaos.
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami (2002)
Kafka on the Shore is the story of a 15-year-old kid who runs away from his Oedipal curse, and Satoru Nakata, an old, crippled man with the extraordinary capacity to converse with cats. The book includes issues such as music as a means of communication, metaphysics, dreams, fate, and the subconscious.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)
To Kill a Mockingbird has become a classic of modern American literature. Jean Louise ("Scout") Finch, the protagonist, is an intellectual and unusual young girl. Her widowed father, Atticus Finch, a successful lawyer who urges his children to be compassionate and just, raises her and her brother, Jem. When Tom Robinson, a Black man, is wrongfully accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a white lady, despite threats from the community, Atticus agrees to defend him. Despite Atticus's powerful defence, Tom is convicted and later killed while attempting to flee custody.
The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1885)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) is told from the point of view of Huck Finn, a barely literate boy who fakes his death to escape his violent, drunken father, who is the protagonist of the novel. He meets Jim, a runaway slave, and the two set out on a raft trip down the Mississippi River. Twain also offers a vivid picture of slave Jim, a character unlike any other in American literature. He is guileless, rebellious, sincere, superstitious, warmhearted, ignorant, and astute, all at once.
People have tried to prevent others from reading books for as long as they have existed.