BOOKS > 'Of Mice and Men' gets taste of Turkish censor


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The İzmir Education Directorate's books commission is seeking to ban certain parts of John Steinbeck's classic “Of Mice and Men” for several “immoral” passages, according to daily BirGün.
The book "contains immoral sections" and is "unfit for educational use,” according to the commission's report.
Despite the call, Steinbeck's classic is one of the Turkish Education Ministry's "100 Fundamental Novels."


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iskander chasles

1/3/2013 6:07:25 PM

Untill Ataurk's ideas are revivified and applied the decline to medievalism will continue.

mara mcglothin

1/2/2013 10:09:59 PM

Good one BRIT IN TURKEY or for that matter how about "Our bodies Ourselves" which is a book on female sexuality geared toward young women. It has a lot of the dreaded "v" word in it. So i would guess no.

sid solo

1/2/2013 8:40:31 PM

Oh my! These are the guys Ataturk tried to push back with his reforms such as the modern dress code and secular state. Obviously, these revanchist have found a way back into Turkish society and would like to create a generation pious, with one book only and always following the great leader! Disgusting!

Brit in Turkey

1/2/2013 6:55:42 PM

Can you buy the Kama Sutra in Turkey?

mara mcglothin

1/2/2013 6:47:12 PM

And also all National Geographic magazines will have to be pulled from library shelves and they have pictures of half naked women in them!

Hakan Haksever

1/2/2013 6:26:36 PM

What an absolute disgrace, im a Turk born and raised in London UK and like many other people associate this book with my childhood growing up at school. There were many life lessons in this fabulous book and look forward to my daughter reading this to me as part of her curriculum from school. Izmir you make me ashamed, what absolute time wasting, busy body, fruitcake of a bone head came up with this idea to censor it?


1/2/2013 5:46:34 PM

This 1937 classic has been widely sencored by many due to the controversial foul language contained within as well as for other reason(s), such as the act of one of the characters euthanizing another mentally challenged character. However doing so, does in fact and unfortunately so, reduce its overall impact as it weakens the melodramatic emotionalism of its various adult themed scenes and scenarios. In my opinion, it should be left as is since it is not a young children's book. Regards

Basil Keilani

1/2/2013 5:44:08 PM

I guess some people want to deny people freedom and take a country backwards. With all this talk of trying to be closer to the EU, this behavior contradicts that. Izmir is more of an open city, so I'm wondering who exactly is promoting this? There are far worse books that young people are given that we could say could be censored including books promoted by the AKP.


1/2/2013 4:21:19 PM

"Lady Chatterley's Lover" from D.H. Lawrence is the next one on the list, I suppose?

Tevfik Alp

1/2/2013 3:22:53 PM

They must have nothing else to do. Tey need to observe the activities in their own surroundings.
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