Banned Book Club is a true story retelling a Banned Book University club that formed during a time when there was a militant censorship from the government in Korea. There was already a good number of protests and police brutality as the government locked down on all connections to North Korea and perceived “negative” Western influences. So when first generation college student Kim Hyun Sook joined the book club, club members were reading books like The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne, The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara and The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedman to name a few.
Standing for rights and personal beliefs is important because this determines how life is spent. Banned Book Club may have started with the belief that the right to read is not an action to be censured, but it also speaks about activism and need to protest when actions from the government are perceived wrong.
Other similar book and subjects for this book is March by John Lewis, Tiananmen Square, Iraqi protests, etc. So very often there might not be a good resolution for protests, but if so then this is a impetus for a movement to form and this can change the world.
Reviewed by Linda Y on Oct 23, 2020
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