It is said that a book is the best friend ever. Never demands anything, never complained about anything and can be with oneself always. But sometimes a book can uproot your former belief, argue with you and tell you that you are wrong and sometimes hurt you deeply through its words. Sometimes a book can create heavy upheavals in publics minds and make them distracted. Then these books come in the list of controversial books and sometimes it gets a ban in any country or region. But not always a ban can reduce the reach of books to the people. Here the list of 7 books that are listed under controversial books due to its sexual, political, religious content that is different from the general public view and may distract the belief of some people and can heart them. THese 7 most controversial books are banned in some countries.
1. ”Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov
This may be most distractful and notorious book of all time and in many countries, it was banned. This book tells the story of a middle-aged literature professor who fell in love with a 12 years girl. The professor married her mother and became her step father. Then the professor involved her sexually with him and nicknamed her Lolita. The book first came in the year 1955. Originally written in English and was later translated by its Russian-native author into Russian. It has been considered as ”filth,” ”pornography” and ”erotica” also. Then French officials forbade it, and Britain’s government ordered customs officers to confiscate copies. Now Nabokov’s humor, word play, surrealism-inspired style and irony help preserve the novel’s place as a classic. And today it is hugely popular in the USA.
2. ”I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a 1969 autobiography about the early years of American writer and poet Maya Angelou. The author, through this book, gives an account of her youth filled with trauma, tragedy, frustration, disappointment and eventually independence. Despite her grandmother had more money than whites she had to face racism and trauma. She describes in this book through a passage in which she tells that how she was raped by her own mother’s boyfriend. The graphic nature of the book, depicting details of abuse and rape was considered controversial by many. But the book has many awards such as national book award and critically appreciated by many.
3. ”The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown
The Da Vinci Code is a 2003 mystery-detective novel by Dan Brown. The conspiracy thriller, it can be argued, is the purest kind of bestseller. The premise of such books is that there’s no such thing as a random happening. The Da Vinci Code provoked a popular interest in speculation concerning the Holy Grail legend and Mary Magdalene’s role in the history of Christianity. The book was also criticized for inaccurate description of history, geography, European art, and architecture. The conspiracy thriller, it can be argued, is the purest kind of bestseller.
4. ”The satanic versus” by Salman Rushdie
The Satanic Verses was published on 26 September 1988, is Salman Rushdie’s fourth novel. In the novel which was even remotely insulting to Islam. It was a very funny novel and a brilliant piece of literature. But after pressure from the Janata party, banned in India by Rajiv Gandhi’s government nine days later. In the United Kingdom, The Satanic Verses received positive reviews, was a 1988 Booker Prize finalist (losing to Peter Carey’s Oscar and Lucinda) and won the 1988 Whitbread Award for novel of the year. A major controversy ensued as Muslims accused it of blasphemy and mocking their faith and after that Ayatollah declared a “fatwa” on Salman Rushdie for “blasphemy”.
5. ”Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury
The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any that are found. Set in the 24th century, Fahrenheit 451 tells the story of the protagonist, Guy Montag. At first, Montag takes pleasure in his profession as a fireman. The people in this society do not read books, enjoy nature, spend time by themselves, think independently, or have meaningful conversations. School districts in Florida and California prohibited or removed this book about banned books for its language, the depiction of Christianity and an unforgettable Bible burning reference.
6. ”To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
In To Kill a Mockingbird was written by author Harper Lee in which he used memorable characters to explore civil rights and racism in the segregated Southern United States of the 1930s. The title of To Kill a Mockingbird refers to the local belief, introduced early in the novel and referred to again later, that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. Harper Lee is subtly implying that the townspeople are responsible for killing Tom Robinson, and that doing so was not only unjust and immoral but sinful. It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature. U.S. school systems banned the book, claiming that the historically accurate racial epithets within it promoted racism. Still, others consider the discussion of rape too advanced for young children.
7. ”1984” by George Orwell
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell which came out in 1947 was written by him when he was on his death bed, the novel is influenced heavily by the author’s political views. The novel is set in Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of the superstate Oceania in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public manipulation. Nineteen Eighty-Four sounds as natural and compelling. But when you see the original manuscript, you find something else: not so much the ringing clarity, more the obsessive rewriting, in different inks, that betrays the extraordinary turmoil behind its composition.Some Americans also objected to the novel, on grounds it was “anti-government”. But oddly, US parents often interpret 1984 as “pro-communist,” leading to several local bans.