Friday, December 12, 2008

Banned Books: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

In this story, a child named Alice falls through a rabbit hole into a strange backwards world where hatters are mad, cats smile and all of the adults are tyrannical and confused.

It's funny, it's nonsensical and it's the quintessential girlhood story- even though a lot of men love it, too.

Written by Lewis Carroll (AKA Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) in 1865 the story was banned in the Hunan province in China in 1931, because it depicted animals talking.

It "put animals and human beings on the same level" the authorities said. "Animals should not be using human language."

Duly noted. Although, someone really should tell the animals...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Um, yeah... news flash, humans *are* animals (sp. kingdom Animalia, class Mammalia, order Primates....)

Let's just give 1930s China a You Fail Biology Forever.