In response to Reinder's list of banned books he's read, here's mine, with commentary. Italics are partially read, bold is completely read.
#1 The Bible - To be honest, I really doubt this is true. Banned *where* exactly?
#2 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Good book. People just get upset because Mark Twain - horror of horrors - portrays Huckleberry's overcoming of prejudice realistically for his time period.
#3 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes With books written in foreign languages, a good translator is key to your enjoyment. I didn't have one.
#4 The Koran I've only read a little of it, but I should read more - it's on my to read list.
#5 Arabian Nights I've read all the ones I could find, but, well, the complete version is something like 30 volumes....
#6 Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain - People don't like this one because it shows boys being, well, naughty and disrespectful of elders. People want their children to read sanitised pap, it seems.
#7 Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift I can probably see why this one gets banned. Brobdinagian whores with lesions Gulliver could climb into on their breasts? Urination to put out a fire in Lilliput? It's a strange, scatological novel. Still shouldn't be banned, though.
by the way, after reading Gulliver's Travels the first time when i was 8 or so, I bought a copy for my own, with a tie in to some movie of it on a cover. They had edited out all the scatological biits. Damn secret censorship.
#8 Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer - I've read most of this. I remember how red faced I got when I had to deliver a report on the Reeve's tale in front of the entire class, explaining how the Reeve was one-upping all the sex and comic mishaps of the Miller...
#9 Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Why on earth would they ban this marvellous book?
#10 Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman Read this as a child. Remember little.
#11 The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
#12 Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe Read this as a child, remember little.
#13 Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank Anne Frank was a wonderful girl, and her death ccan only be described as tragic in every sense. Why would anyone ban this?
#14 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
#15 Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens Charles Dickens is a good author, but damned hard to actually read.
#16 Les Miserables by Victor Hugo Have read most of it, but my mother had a habit of cleaning my room for me as a child, boxing all the books around my bed and putting them somewhere in the basement. So books I was reading occassionally vanished without a trace.
#17 Dracula by Bram Stoker It's probably shameful of me that I liked the old man in Whitby, the exxperiences with Cockneysin London, and the Scottish captain rather better than some of the main plot points.
#18 Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
#19 Tom Jones by Henry Fielding About half way through, but I have been rather ill this past year.
#20 Essays by Michel de Montaigne
#21 Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Read about nine chapters of it, absolutely loathed it, and made do with Cliff's notes.
#22 History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
#23 Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
#24 Origin of Species by Charles Darwin I've read most of this, but I've never actually sat down and read cover to cover. I should.
#25 Ulysses by James Joyce
#26 Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
#27 Animal Farm by George Orwell orwell was a good author, but he was rather caught up int he McCarthy era to some extent.
#28 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell My mother gave this to me on tape when I was 8, thinking it was the Orson Wells broadcast of War of the Worlds. Trusting my mother, I put it on after I went to bed.
I had nightmares for weeks.
#29 Candide by Voltaire - Must read this
#30 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Wonderful book!
#31 Analects by Confucius
#32 Dubliners by James Joyce I like, but do not love James Joyce.
#33 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - Grapes of Wrath was painful enough for me, thanks. just because it's controversial doesn't mean the author can actually write.
#34 Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway Didn't much care for Hemmingway, though. Felt his overly simplitstic writting style was talking down to me.
#35 Red and the Black by Stendhal - Never heard of it.
#36 Das Kapital by Karl Marx - Should read this.
#37 Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire - Never heard of this.
#38 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - People ban this? Why? The drugs?
#39 Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence Mmm. Read a little of it. Wasn't drawn in. Read some of D.H.Lawrence's Short stories recently and kind of liked them (I'm not convinced he's a good writer, but he has incredible charisma that makes you read anyway.), so I might give him another shot.
#40 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley I liked it a lot, too!
#41 Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser - Dunno it.
#42 Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
#43 The Jungle by Upton Sinclair - And hated it
#44 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque - I'm told this is just people in torment dying one after another, but beautifully written.
#45 Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx - Should read this.
#46 Lord of the Flies by William Golding - Eh. Doesn't really inspire me with the desire to read it.
#47 Diary by Samuel Pepys - I really *should* read this, though. I have read a couple interesting extracts.
#48 Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway Still don't like Hemmingway.
#49 Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
#50 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - Should read
#51 Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak - Should read
#52 Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
#53 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey Well, saw it on stage, actually. IT was good, but...
#54 Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus Been reading this in my spare time at Uni. However, I've been ill this year
#55 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller I've read a few pages of this. I found them whilst on a temp job I had for a day a few years ago at a landfill, and read them, as I read almost anything, given the chance. Took me ages to find what they were from.
#56 Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
#57 Color Purple by Alice Walker
#58 Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger Read some of this, but it was the year of my parent's divorce and I was a bit unsettled. I liked it, though.
#59 Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
#60 Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
#61 Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe - Should read this
#62 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#63 East of Eden by John Steinbeck - Gyah! More Steinbeck! Are they confusing "banned" with "Unreadable"?
#64 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison - I can't say I really liked it, though. Weird book.
#65 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou Now this, I loved. But it was a selection in an Anthology, and i haven't yet read it in full. Well! I'll soon fix that *heads over to amazon.co.uk*
#66 Confessions by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#67 Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais - Must read this too *adds to his amazon order*
#68 Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
#69 The Talmud
#70 Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#71 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
#72 Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence Odd book. Force of author's personality carries it and makes it wonderful, kind of like Herodotus.
#73 American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
#74 Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
#75 Separate Peace by John Knowles
#76 Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
#77 Red Pony by John Steinbeck - GYAH!
#78 Popol Vuh
#79 Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith
#80 Satyricon by Petronius
#81 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl And a good book too.
#82 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
#83 Black Boy by Richard Wright
#84 Spirit of the Laws by Charles de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu
#85 Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut - I've read other Vonnegut, though. Sure I'll read this eventually.
#86 Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
#87 Metaphysics by Aristotle
#88 Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder I don't *think* I've read this in full...
#89 Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin
#90 Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
#91 Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
#92 Sanctuary by William Faulkner
#93 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner - ooh! I've heard this as a radio play *adds to amazon order*
#94 Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
#95 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
#96 Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - My German friend tells me that, having read it, his class insisted on a "Werther's Dead" party.
#97 General Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud
#98 Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
#99 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown
#100 Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
#101 Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines
#102 Emile Jean by Jacques Rousseau
#103 Nana by Emile Zola
#104 Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
#105 Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
#106 Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#107 Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
#108 Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
#109 Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
#110 Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes - Gloomy, strange, surreal book - and a godawful movie.
I must admit I haven't heard of a lot of the late-in-the-list entries. Odd.