Published privately in Italy in 1928 this was immediately banned due to explicit sexual content and vulgarity. It was only available in heavily abridged versions until 1959 (released by the Supreme Court along with Tropic of Cancer and Fanny Hill. (Ulysses had been okayed in 1934.)
Interesting I should be reading this during Banned Books Week. We have to remember that books were once banned in this country and they no longer are – taking books off a public school’s library shelf is dangerous, but it’s not the same as making sales and distribution – or even ownership – illegal.
Anyway – I read this back in 1966 or so – as a high school senior and yes, I was impressed by the literary value, I enjoyed the descriptions of nature, but honestly I was more interested in the “good parts.” And I wasn’t all that primed to read it again because a lot of graphic sex in books gets boring these days and I end up skimming. Oh well – a reading group chose it so I read it. >>>>MORE>>>>