LOL, very funny. Thanks for sharing.
Lyn, yes, a label or notice would definitely a good idea.
Thanks, Book Calendar. Just last night my niece and I had the same conversation about Native Americans and blacks. She always felt that the history she was taught in school was incomplete and incorrect and began doing her own research.
You're welcome, Lisa. Thanks for your comments.
No, slave is definitely not a synonym and thus shifts the significance of the n-word. To me, that makes it even more offensive. Btw, how old are your students?
That's what I was saying the whole time, the people who will read Huck Finn are not kids but young adults.
The issue, in my opinion, is not the changing of the text but the systematic avoidance of an uncomfortable conversation.
This is the dumbest thing. A sanitized version of Finn? So people won't be offended. What has happened to this country that we are now changing books so as not offend someone? Fine, can I get a copy of the Koran with certain phrases removed? How about the Bible? Maybe we need to rewrite the Constitution because that document offends a lot of people. I can find somethign offensive in every book I read. I can find something offensive in every television and movie I watch. But guess what? I don't have the right not to be offended. I'm offended that this happened. But why do I have to capitulate to the few stupid enough to have shoutest the loudest?
Now, Lyn, why did you have to go and do that?
I hate to disappoint an intelligent and elegant lady. If it was my crude aggressive language, I'm sorry about that; getting men to read spiritual, literary books isn't easy unless you add a lot of spice. If it was my cynical take on the current politico, does it help if I balance the attack by mentioning that the last guy couldn't find anything better to do with his spoiled millionaire life for years than drink. Sorry, I think Twain had a lot more integrity than most politicians. Please forgive whichever of my many sins caught your attention.
LOL, no not disappointed at all! I'm not that easily offended.
Crude and aggressive has it's place and if it gets men to read spiritual/literary works, I'm all for it. I run a book club and we always try to attract male readers. Over the years, we've had one guy join and he came to exactly one meeting.
Sounds like your book is something I'd like to read - I've ordered it from Amazon. My dream is to one day ditch my 'safe' life and travel, not to the areas on a tourist map but to the places that teach me something about myself. Looking forward to reading it.