Sheila over at Book Journey in celebration of our right to read whatever it is we please. I had planned a multitude of other things to appear this week, but unfortunately, sickness has prevented that. I will try to post at least one of these before the end of the week for your reading pleasure, however.
In honor of Banned Books Week, I decided to pick up the book The Diary of Anne Frank. For those that have not heard of this book before (and I truly believe you would be in the minority here!), this is a true diary of a young Jewish girl that went into hiding with her family during World War II, in the height of Hitler's Nazi regime. For more than two years, they hid away in safety and avoided the concentration camps while literally life around them was destroyed. However, before they could experience the "after the war" world that they all imagined, they were discovered and sent off to their death. The only living member of the family was Anne's father, who graciously has allowed Anne's story to be shared with the millions that need to hear it. This is a story that cannot and should not be forgotten.
I feel this book is very important for everyone to read. Though due to the graphic conversation that could result after completing the book, I do not believe it is one that should be simply read. It is one that needs to be discussed and processed. Though it is an easy read, it is not necessarily easy for one to fully comprehend and a discussion may be necessary after its completion. I do NOT believe it should be challenged or banned in any way, but others have disagreed. In fact, according to an article in the Washington Post in January 2010, a school in Virginia recently removed a version of this book due to sexually explicit content and themes of homosexuality. Over the last few decades, ALA has recorded six different challenges to the book for this same reason or because it was "a real downer." Even today, this book proves to be a controversial one, and it should be! We cannot ignore the history of our world and this book ... this short-lived life of Anne Frank ... is proof of that. We must always remember!
As I mentioned above, this article is written in conjunction with Book Journey Banned Books Week. Be sure to pick up all the clues from Saturday, September 24th to TODAY (Saturday), October 1st and leave a comment on each of the participating blogs to be eligible to win the prize package. Participating blogs are posted daily at Book Journey (http://bookjourney.wordpress.com/). Good luck and have fun!
And, your clue is . . .
Have you read The Diary of Anne Frank? What have been your thoughts, particularly when considering past versus present? What books have you read for Banned Books Week 2011?