Posted on April 19, 2019 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The theme of the Guardian’s coverage these past few days has been “finding issues with books.”

We first had a primary school in Barcelona remove about two hundred books from its library for having sexist and/or stereotypical characters.

The Guardian quoted a Spanish paper as saying that other Barcelona schools are expected to follow the Tàber school’s example.

And next up was not a removal, but a rejection of a certain book.

Author Charles Boyle published an essay in the paper arguing that it’s time to let Robinson Crusoe fade into oblivion.

He describes Daniel Defoe’s novel as “a recipe designed to perpetuate the racism, sexism and unearned entitlement on which the (British) empire had subsisted.”

Ready to raise your hands in celebration or your blood pressure out of rage?

Read the original articles about the Barcelona school removing certain books and on the case for retiring Robinson Crusoe in the Guardian.

Categories: Today in Books

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