The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
The Kite Runner along with Hosseini’s equally masterful A Thousand Splendid Suns are two of the greatest books I have read in recent years. The description of “unsuited to age group” leads me to realize that those protesting books have most likely not ever read more than the description on the jacket. The central character is a young boy in Afghanistan in parts of the story, but the intended “age group” is adults. For those who wish to learn what life is like in other countries and clutures: read. And for a view of what life can be like for Afghan women in a repressive society, read A Thousand Splendid Suns.
Other favorites of mine that have appeared on recent lists:
2007 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain Reason: racism
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker Reasons: homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit
2006 The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicity, and unsuited to age group
Beloved, by Toni Morrison Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
I should make it a point to read every book on the list.