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Started by toffle on May 5, 2020 12:50:40 PM
What dodgy books are on your bookshelves?

...and how do you explain their presence?

(Inspired by: https://justthetalk.com/uknews/49012/michael_gove_
racist_bookshelf_outrage/
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Tricyrtis - 05 May 2020 13:13:35 (#1 of 194)

Define 'dodgy'.

toffle - 05 May 2020 13:15:54 (#2 of 194)

In my collection...

Lots of WW2 stuff, including quite a few by (or with input from) senior German commanders. All concerned with military aspects of the conflict rather than politics/ideology though, and giving some perspective from the other side.

My collected anthologies of 1970's war-comics (I had the originals when I was young) - often enormously politically-incorrect and outrageously and casually violent. These were my first source of information on recent military events. The stories generally stand up well to the passage of time (and while making light of the carnage, don't glorify war), many of the authors went on to subsequent graphic-novel-fame/greatness.

Various works of fantasy and science fiction involving, or by authors with, some questionable political views. I'm just reading these for the entertainment and escape, not because I agree with them.

A handful of volumes of Victorian 'erotica'... I have no idea how these got here, honest.

toffle - 05 May 2020 13:17:57 (#3 of 194)

Dodgy, in the sense of anything that might raise eyebrows, or cause you to be misunderstood, or even get you into trouble with the wrong small-minded people.

Tylenol - 05 May 2020 13:18:41 (#4 of 194)

The Anarchists Cookbook, bought at Compendium in the late 80s, now considered terrorist literature.

Tricyrtis - 05 May 2020 13:20:19 (#5 of 194)

Ah, understand.

I've got some Kipling stories. He's now very uncool.

Tadagee - 05 May 2020 13:21:26 (#6 of 194)

I won a copy of John Terry's autobiography in a raffle. But I keep it hidden behind a copy of 'Mein Kampf' to avoid embarrassment.

AlanII - 05 May 2020 13:23:04 (#7 of 194)

Is that, Captain, Leader, Bellend?

brooklyn - 05 May 2020 13:23:36 (#8 of 194)

Two bibles. one Koran.

no Book of Mormon. but one about Pagans.

machiavelli - 05 May 2020 13:23:40 (#9 of 194)

Kipling poems. Rider Haggard.

brooklyn - 05 May 2020 13:24:14 (#10 of 194)

oh. all the Dickens novels.

they were free with something or other.

Rendered - 05 May 2020 13:29:22 (#11 of 194)

No bookshelves.

JennyRad - 05 May 2020 13:30:27 (#12 of 194)

No bookshelves.



Good god! Mods, pls delete and ban!!

Tricyrtis - 05 May 2020 13:30:51 (#13 of 194)

No bookshelves.

Well dodgy!

brooklyn - 05 May 2020 13:32:06 (#14 of 194)

a Kindle, at least?

HorstVogel - 05 May 2020 13:33:19 (#15 of 194)

A handful of volumes of Victorian 'erotica'..



does that include "Walter"? A copy of which I do not have.

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DesEsseintes - 05 May 2020 13:35:43 (#17 of 194)

Hm, I dunno, Novalis, Nietzsche, Evelyn Waugh, Flaubert

Rendered - 05 May 2020 13:36:17 (#18 of 194)

a Kindle, at least?

Of course. I inadvertently gave away 90% of my books during the last house move. I was a bit miffed at the time but it's rather liberating.

barkis - 05 May 2020 13:38:09 (#19 of 194)

Ezra Pound.

DesEsseintes - 05 May 2020 13:41:04 (#20 of 194)

Huysmans, of course

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