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1. Bernard and Lenina aren't really better than everybody else, just different. They live happily together under a government that tries to keep everyone as happy as possible. Lenina loves a type of candy called soma, which makes her feel happy. Bernard just is comforted to be in the presence of the woman he loves.
See, it wasn't that hard to change Aldous Huxley's dystopian novel into a perfect utopia! What book, a dark criticism of social trends, is censored above?
2. Which ancient work of literature could be censored to have a plot resembling the following?
Even though a group of women are unhappy that their husbands are fighting in a war, they realize that such a war is patriotic and necessary for their wellbeing. They dedicate themselves to working harder for their city-state and help their husbands in any way possible.
3. One of the most fascinating censorship crusades of the twentieth century could have been avoided if the author had just planned his novel more carefully, like this:
After surviving a plane crash, Farishta and Chamcha become great friends. They become prominent Indian actors in the London community and never even think about Islam in the slightest. Farishta doesn't have any weird dreams about Muhammad. Really.
If rewritten in the form above, which "devilish" book would not have been responsible for the death of translator Hitoshi Igarashi and for a world-famous fatwa?
4. Which 20th century American novel could be summarized by the now-censored quote below?
"If you really want to hear about it ... I hate phonies. They kill me." (That's all that remains of the book, after all of the swear words were deleted)
5. Frustrated by a husband made impotent by war, the protagonist of this novel feels ennui in her stifling life. However, she recognizes that the sacred law of marriage prevents her from an affair with the gamekeeper Oliver Mellors. By the end of the novel, she has recovered her faith and overcome temptation.
If that had actually been the novel that was published in 1928, there wouldn't have been so much controversy, including a highly publicized obscenity trial in 1960. Which classic is it?
6. The protagonist of this novel is fairly satisfied with his life, even though it's really cold. He understands that he has broken the law and can come to terms with his punishment. There is no discontent. He got what he deserved.
Political interests dictated the publication of the 1962 novel that was censored before its release in Soviet Russia. Those interests also resulted in the deportation of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Which book was it?
7. Guy Montag doesn't really know what to do: if he censors books, then that's an indirect protest against the government, and his book gets banned. If he refuses to censor books, then it's a direct protest against the government, and his book gets banned. Trapped in a Catch-22, he decides to quit his night job and become a productive member of the work force, by purchasing a big screen television.
Perhaps one of the most ironic censorships of all time, which science fiction classic could be altered to that form?
8. A European man, with an eccentric fondness for Edgar Allan Poe, moves to the United States and becomes a boarder with the Haze family. When Mrs. Haze tragically dies, the protagonist adopts her daughter as his own, and they travel around the States in the image of a perfect family.
Something is missing from the summary above; I'm not quite sure what. What novel could be simplified as a tragic love affair that ends in the arrest of Mr. Humbert Humbert?
9. Which massive classic novel of the twentieth century needed some serious censorship before it could appear in the more child-friendly form below?
Leopold Bloom walks around the city on June 16, 1904, trying to find medicine for his wife Molly, who is sick at home. He meets some interesting people during the day, and he doesn't return home until very late. Thankfully, a family friend named Blazes Boylan had been around to cheer Molly up.
10. "I never see such an African-American person. If he got a notion in his head once, there warn't no getting it out again. He was the most down-on Solomon of an African-American person I ever see."
Hopefully, new reprints of the classic book will look more aesthetically-pleasing than that. Either way, which 1884 novel gained controversy when a 2011 edition eliminated certain offensive words from the text?
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