In case you're wondering, here in Canada we like to give thanks for the same things as everyone else: family, friends, food, freedom, and... er... more food. And speaking of being thankful, I'd also like to give thanks to Kat for sending me this link after I posted recently about the parents (who hadn't read the book, of course) who are trying to have Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 pulled from the curriculum and libraries of all the schools in their district.
Here's the best part:
The school has appointed a committee to review Verm's objections. But students are now circulating a petition in support of the book. They plan to wear t-shirts on Friday voicing their opinions.Ha!
"This was probably one of the greatest eye openers that we've had in our school curriculum," said student rally organizer Darrell Lee. "A lot of the people who did sign said that of all the books they had to read, this was the one they enjoyed. It really makes you think about the situation."Okay. Now here's where I have to confess that, while I've been meaning to for years, I've never gotten around to reading Fahrenheit 451. But all this kerfuffle has got me hankering to get my mitts on a copy and hustle it to the top of my to-be-read pile. So I went to Amazon to see what kinds of editions are available.
And wouldn't you know it? The mass market paperback of Fahrenheit 451's sales have shot up in the past week. Last time I checked, it was ranked at #338.
When are the book banners going to learn that we book lovers are contrarians by nature? Hopefully the answer is "never," so that we can continue to enjoy a few laughs at their expense.