Monday, April 09, 2012
Review: The Day They Came to Arrest the Book
The Day They Came to Arrest the Book by Nat Hentoff
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a book meant more to illustrate the various perspectives in a debate on censorship than entertain. And in that sense it does a good job. Unfortunately, though censorship, and in particular the censorship of Huckleberry Finn, is a timeless issue, this book manages to date itself. First there are the rather hilarious references to communism and a fear of the Russians. Then there are the potshots the book takes at feminism. It's not just that the feminist student is an extreme character, because really all of the characters are written to represent extremes, but the little disparaging comment made by a female teacher about gender neutral language and the term Ms.
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