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6 books that will get you arrested

6 Books that will get you Arrested

6 books that will get you arrested

Banned Books Week celebrations are being held all around the country this week in celebration of the freedom of people to be able to read whatever they want, whenever they want.

Sadly not everyone in the world is allowed such freedoms. So lets take a look at some examples of books that will get you arrested simply for owning them.

The Bible: The country of Maldives arrested and deported a teacher from India in 2011 for a bible and a rosary found in his house after it was raided. He was accused of preaching Christianity in the Islamic country which forbids those very actions.

Bibles are also illegal to own in North Korea, so if you are planning a trip to sunny Pyongyang, perhaps it would be best to leave your Bible at home, lest you end up in one of their notorious Prison Camps where people are locked up for such crimes as not having a picture of Kim Il-Sung on display in their houses, and not being sad enough at appropriate times.

Dianetics, by L. Ron Hubbard: Another religious text that will land you in hot water, Dianetics has been classified by Russian Authorities as a banned extremist literature.  So next time Tom Cruise is in Moscow, he runs the risk of being thrown in jail if he hands out copies of his religious text to his fans.

Anarchist Cookbook: The Anarchist Cookbook was released all the way back in 1971, but the impact of the book lasts to this very day. In 2007 a 17 year old British boy was arrested for possession of owning a copy of the book which he used to research smoke bombs and fireworks.

arrested for lost girlsLost Girls, by Alan Moore: Alan Moore’s famous Graphic Novel puts together the characters of Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, and Peter Pan’s Wendy. While this sounds like a great premise for a children book, it gets a little ‘interesting ‘ from here on in. The 3 meet by chance at a mountain resort in Austria and, as any famous children’s characters are want to do when they meet each other, they proceed to share with each other stories of their erotic adventures.

While it is long out of print, most stores in the United States and Canada flat out refuse to stock it for fear of being charged for selling obscene pornography. The UK goes one step further in describing it as potential child pornography, as some of the character exploits occurred when they were under the age of 18.

On a slightly different note:

arrested for twilightTwilight: A Woman was arrested in New Mexico for not returning her copy of Twilight and two Twilight DVD’s to her local library on time. Police came to her home and arrested her in front of her five children over the $35.98 worth of overdue fines.

Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James: A UK man was arrested for spraying his girlfriend with hot sauce when she wouldn’t stop reading her copy of Fifty Shades of Grey, which as many of you may know started out as a Twilight Fan fiction. This just goes to further demonstrate the real and present danger of anything and everything to do with Twilight.

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10 Books Every Man Should Read

Being a man means so much more than the ability to grow hair on your chest and nether bits. To some, being a man means having the knowledge and ability to be able to and fight for what you believe in, to stand up for those who can’t. To others, it means being able to smoke a cigar and enjoy a fine whiskey. To me, being a man means being comfortable with who I am. These are ten books that helped me decide who I am as a man.

1984 Cover1984 – George Orwell

If this book does not change the way you look at your life and your Government, then nothing will. George Orwell wrote 1984 in 1949, but bar a few dated references, this could have been written yesterday as a commentary on the world that we live in today. Once you finish 1984, pick up Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, whichever you like more, you will not look at the world the same way.

 

On the Road – Jack Kerouac 

Love it or hate it, On the Road is the diary of a generation. Kerouac’s novel is the perfect journal of the beat generation who, sick of living in the suburbs, threw off the 9 to 5 shackles and got On the Road.

 

Bill_bryson_a_short_history of nearly everythingA Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson

This is, as the name suggests, a short history of quite a lot of things. Things such as the Earth, the solar system, the Universe, the Big Bang, the human Body, ecology, zoology, physics, chemistry. Like it says, nearly everything. Delivered with Bill Bryson’s clever humor and wit, this is the only way I have ever read about physics and actually enjoyed it.

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

This is one of those books that you simply must read if you want to consider yourself an educated man. Heart of Darkness is the story of British Imperialism vs. the “Savages” of Africa and the institutionalised racism of colonialism that made it all possible. It takes the reader on a journey downwards, downwards towards the madness and inner turmoil that exists in every one of us. Heart of Darkness is one of the few books to ever make me genuinely uncomfortable about myself, but got re-read nonetheless.

Slaughterhouse five coverSlaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut

Vonnegut has to have a place on this list somewhere, let us give his masterpiece number 5 on the list.  Slaughterhouse Five is ostensibly about war. It asks why we as humans feel the need to destroy whenever we are given the chance. It ponders what it might be like to be of those that we are told to hate. It tells us that any which way we justify war is just as absurd as another.

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

This book is almost always dismissed as being perverted pornography, but that could not be farther from the truth. It deals with a highly unpleasant subject, paedophilia. But it is so much more than just a porno book for pervs. It is a wonderfully written book that is designed to make you uncomfortable, that is designed to make you question certain things that you know to be true, to delve into the darkest places of the human psyche. Being an adult means being exposed to things that you don’t like, Lolita will certainly do that, but it does it with wit and humour to make this dark trip just that little bit easier.

all quiet on the western front book coverAll Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque

To me this is the single most heartbreaking book on earth. Every child on earth that plays Call of Duty or Battlefield video games should be forced to read this book first. War is not a game, and All Quiet on the Western Front tells the real story of war. The gruesome, depressing, utter hopelessness of the “Adventure” of man murdering his fellow man.

Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink

This is all getting a bit depressing, so let’s loosen things up. You are a man, you should know not only how to drink and enjoy a beer, but to be able to tell the difference between mass produced swill and actual quality beer. The best part about buying this book is that it gives you a perfect excuse to drink quite a lot of beer.

 

The Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams.

If the world often seems like it is slowly going crazy and you are the only sane one, fear not, you are not alone. Douglas Adams takes everything that you know to be true, these things that you take for granted, and turns them upside down to show you the pure absurdity of human nature. It’s utterly absurd, it’s absolutely ridiculous, and its bloody good fun.

The Bible/ The Koran – God

Whatever you thoughts on religions place in today’s world may be, these two books have shaped and changed the world more than any other books ever have and perhaps ever will.

If you are religious, you can be saved by a book you didn’t read. St Peter isn’t going to check your library on your way through the pearly gates.

If you are not religious then reading these books can give you a better insight into those that do, and a good look at why civilization developed the way it did, as well as a few good arguing points along the way.