It’s been said very often “Books are man’s Best Friend”, and why not. The Books hold the capability to shape your personality and to change your view points. It’s actually the writer and his words that can put the “Books” to Life.
Even, the books have faced the controversies for the view points that the writer shared or due to the content of the Books. I am going to list the “Controversial Books of All the times”:
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Lolita was written by Vladimir Nabokov in English and was published in 1955 in Paris, in 1958 in New York and in 1959 in London.
The novel is popular for its controversial subject: the protagonist and unreliable narrator, a middle-aged literature professor called Humbert; he is obsessed with the 12-year-old Dolores Haze, with whom he becomes sexually involved after he becomes her stepfather.
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
“I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” is an autobiography of American writer and poet Maya Angelou.It was published in 1969.
The book begins when three-year-old Maya and her older brother are sent to Stamps, Arkansas, to live with their grandmother and ends when Maya becomes a mother at the age of 16. Angelou used her autobiography to explore subjects such as identity, rape, racism, and literacy. She also wrote in new ways about women living in a male-dominated society.
The book was banned from schools and libraries for being inappropriate for younger high school students, for promoting premarital sex, homosexuality, cohabitation, and pornography, and for not supporting traditional values.
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
Tropic of Cancer was written by Henry Miller which was published in 1934 by the Obelisk Press in Paris. This book was banned as obscene in the United States for twenty-seven years after its first publication. This book has been described as "notorious for its candid sexuality".
Tropic of Cancer centers on Miller's life as a struggling writer. As a struggling writer, Miller describes his experience living among a community of bohemians in Paris, where he intermittently suffers from hunger, homelessness, squalor, loneliness and despair over his recent separation from his wife.
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
American Psycho was written by Bret Easton Ellis and the story is told in the first person by Patrick Bateman who is a serial killer and Manhattan businessman. It was published in 1991.
The book was deemed "harmful to minors" in Germany and its sales and marketing was severely restricted from 1995 to 2000. In Australia, the book is sold shrink-wrapped and is classified "R18" under national censorship legislation. The book may not be sold to those less than 18 years of age.
Brave New World By Aldous Huxley
Brave New World was written by Aldous Huxley in 1931and published in 1932. This novel anticipates the developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that combine profoundly to change society.
This book received a negative criticism from G. K. Chesterton on 4th May 1935 where he explained that Huxley was revolting against the “Age of Utopias".
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
The Metamorphosis is a novel written by Franz Kafka which was published in 1915. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed or metamorphosed into a large, monstrous insect-like creature. The cause of Gregor's transformation is never revealed, and Kafka himself never gave an explanation.