Great Banned Novels That You Should Read


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In the history of literature the great books are the ones that get the most readers, the most studies and the most awards. There are some books that didn’t even get the chance to gain popularity due to their theme, timing or merely because they were categorized as cult books. If you happen to be holding a copy of a book that looks a tad controversial, don’t just put it back in the shelf yet because it might just be one of the greatest stories that you will ever read. There are works of famous writers that are considered underrated and eventually becomes forgotten. But, before you shake your head and abandon that book to oblivion, consider adding it instead onto your reading list. In any case, if you’ve enjoyed it, here is a small list of great banned novels that you should read:

American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis – definitely not for the faint of heart. While it is highly entertaining for like-minded people, it is said to depict too much violence thus deemed unfit for young audiences. If you were revolted by the film, the book has much more to offer in terms of notoriety.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov – once regarded as the filthiest book for its pedophilic context, this book was banned in France but surprisingly got published in the US without any issues. Although dubbed as “confessions of a forbidden fantasy”, it is still interesting enough to explore the corners of the author’s approach on the dark side of sexuality.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky – whilst relatively a new book, it has gained so much controversy with its explicit sexual content specifically the homosexual facet. It has however garnered a cult following and was eventually made into a movie. If anything, it is a coming-of-age book that touches on the overall teenage alienation people go through.

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka – banned under the Nazi and Soviet regimes, this book wasn’t let out until after the second World War. This is to be read not just because of its unique story but for Kafka’s literary genius.

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