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PostPosted: 16 Mar 2017, 17:54 
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Ah, but her brother was cunning and sent it to her clad in a suitable dustcover :D

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Remember in Angela Thirkell's books, how Miss Hampton wrote about Vice with a capital V, and how much it was regretted that her books couldn't always be Banned Book of the Month?

A guaranteed way to increase one's readership.

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I am just re-reading Brave New World and it seems to me this would definitely have been a banned book in CS land - in fact I'm surprised it wasn't banned in real life.

Probably unlikely to have been what Thekla was reading though :D


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It was banned in Ireland in the sixties but availble in our senior school library and read by most of us


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It was my class's book for Higher English. Had it not been a set text I doubt very many people would have read it (and probably quite a few of the class didn't read it themselves in any case).


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Brave New World was the book I chose for my specialist study in Higher English. It was one of the books on the recommended reading list and I don't remember being shocked about any of it. But then I'd been recommended to read Christine Marion Fraser books by a teacher when I was only 12 and they were very explicit. One series had a male rape scene and what the characters believed was incest. She would definitely not have been allowed at the chalet school if she had been writing at the time.


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Funnily enough I don't remember being shocked by any of it at the time, but re-reading it now I was surprised by parts of it - especially (spoiler in white) the children's sexual play.

I actually think the book would have trouble being published now because of that, even though it is in no way approving of it.


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I did not find this book shocking - and I read it for the first at about 12, and have read it many, many times since.

For me, the point mentioned above and others were not shocking because it was so matter-of-fact. Actually, they seemed drearily boring in many ways!


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For me I wasn't so much shocked by it (although it is a hideous idea) as shocked that it made it into print in the 30s.


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