Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Naughty Books 3

I truly hadn't planned on taking up so much space with this, but there were more good comments made on Naughty Books 2, so here are three points: First: Tolstoy was brought up. Would that he were on the city's list. You see, I kind of have a background in Russian and Soviet literature (only in english, unfortunately), so I compiled a short list of books I'd love to see SLC put into its book club: War and Peace, Ana Karenina, Heart of a Dog, Mother, A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, The Gulag Archipelago, The Foundation Pit, We, Omon Ra, Farewell to Matyora, Dr. Zhivago, The Brothers Karamazov, Cement, Envy, Red Cavalry, The Master and Margarita These titles represent society altering, even earth shattering texts. I'd be proud if my city recognized them. Second: The library was also brought up. But I really see the library and the city book club as two separate things. The library is an uncensored place (at least it should be, but it's not exactly) where people can go and pick out books for themselves. The purpose of the city book club is to encourage as many citizens as possible to read and discuss the same book. A noble cause. It's meant to be inclusive. Third: While it's true no city can completely cater to every taste and sensibility, reasonable efforts should be made to include as many people as possible. It's a unifying "bridging" event. The city book club should NOT become a place for some to separate themselves by daring others to read books they know they'd object to, then mocking their protests. Especially when there are books like "War and Peace" that are so important, yet remain unread.


Blogger Shawn said...

Ahem, "bridging the divide" does not mean kow-towing to LDS sensibilities. If you cannot get past a few cuss words to understand the deeper moral dilemma being played out in a reading, then you probably shouldn't read at all. Or think for that matter.

9/07/2005 09:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Dexter said...


Remember Ethan, all those books you listed where revolutionary when first published. People objected to them. Often on religious grounds.

A book club is an intellectual endeavor, and needs to challenge participants, even shock them out of complacency at times.

Also, I'd like to point out to you that those inclined to participate in book clubs are generally speaking, already well read. That's why books like those you've listed aren't a high priority. People are already familiar with them.

9/07/2005 02:05:00 PM  

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