7 Most Controversial Books In The History Of Reading!

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“Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.”
The quote is given by Mark Haddon and it means every book has something to convey to us. But do we listen? If you ask me, I would say perhaps.

Books are the treasure of knowledge and we all must grab the shine of treasure but only of good books. Are all books good and knowledgeable? Books critics are always on alert to judge the books based on its content and the target audience.

History has many books that are targeted by the critics and the readers as well. Not only that, these books and novels faced the anger of the nation and got banned in few states.

These books then included into the category of most controversial books of all time and here we are going to tell you about some of them.

1. The Adventure Of Huckleberry Finn


Mark Twain
Published: 1884
Reason Of Controversy: The opulence of vulgarity and frequent use of n-word made it extremely controversial.

2. The Color Purple


Alice Walker
Published: 1982
Reason Of Controversy: It shows the story of a black woman trying to make her way. It features sex, spousal rape and abuse, homosexuality and these all make this book controversial.

3. Tropic Of Cancer


Henry Miller
Published: 1934
Reason Of Controversy: The novel describes the author’s sexual escapades in Paris and his frequent use of the c-word. Also, 60 obscenity cases were filed against the book.

4. Lolita


Vladimir Nabokov
Published: 1955
Reason Of Controversy: It is considered a pornographic edition due to the content that explains the story of a man who marries a woman so he can embark upon a relationship with her 12-year-old daughter

5. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings


Maya Angelou
Published: 1969
Reason Of Controversy: The book is completely banned in US for having racism, rape, drug abuse, profanity and various adult themes.

6. The Satanic Verses


Author: Salman Rushdie
Published: 1988
Reason Of Controversy: Author’s opinion on Islam religion and its faith outraged the violence. If you caught reading The Satanic Verses in Venezuela, you will be sent behind the bars.

7. The Catcher In The Rye

Author: J.D. Salinger
Published: 1951
Reason Of Controversy: Vulgar and Profane content. Though comparing to today’s time, the novel wasn’t inappropriate but when it was published, the time was way different.
Probably, the novels were way ahead of their time and hence attracted the controversies and outrages the anger of critics and readers. Whatever be the reason, these are among the most controversial novels of the history.

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