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offensive books


Oct 07 2003
11:32 am

What specifically was considered offensive material in Snow Falling on Cedars? I remember there was some sex in it, but I also remember the sex being very beautiful. However, there were many other more important themes from the book that stick out in my mind: racism, truth, compassion….

The way I see it, we read to understand our world better so that we can navigate around in all its complexity with a greater sensitivity and wisdom. I don’t think the question is whether you’ve become desensitized to offensive material, but whether people are purposely desensitizing themselves to the reality of life.