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2.0 out of 5 stars The classic book collection has been expurgated, 22 Jan. 2009
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This review is from: 100 Classic Book Collection (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
I recently bought the 100 classic book collection and was initially very pleased with it and decided that my first classic to read would be Jonathon Swift's Gullivers Travels. I am presently 2 thirds through and realise by checking it against the original (found on line) that whole controversial chunks have been cut out. e.g. sections describing urination and being abused by Glumdalclitch. I expect to find more. I haven't checked any of the other books but I suspect that the other classics have been similarly treated. This is most disappointing and I definitly would not have bought this "game" had I known.
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Initial post: 10 Feb 2009 18:58:32 GMT
Cardiffian says:
Thanks for the review - you have saved me from wasting my money

Posted on 20 Feb 2009 15:37:33 GMT
father ted says:
Sorry there's no urination in the story

Posted on 24 Feb 2009 21:44:23 GMT
M. Gabriel says:
I'm concerned that Harper Collins felt they had to mutilate these classics of literature. Shame on them.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2009 21:46:42 GMT
M. Gabriel says:
Are you being serious? The problem is not urination but censorship, which is the equivalent to have someone else urinating on our right to read the original version of a literary work.

Posted on 24 Feb 2009 23:17:24 GMT
Jamie says:
The comments from "Zena Diamandis" and others regarding the apparent editing of the books on Nintendo's 100 Classic Book Collection concerns me. Have the books contained on this cartridge been edited or not? Who can we contact to find out? If there has been any editing of any of the texts then we ought to be told. I've not bought this cartridge yet, although I've seriously considered it as it appears to be a lovely idea; 100 books on something the size of a postage stamp that can be read on a device no larger than a paperback! But...if one or more of the texts have been edited I'd like to know why. Can Nintendo enlighten us?

Posted on 26 Feb 2009 20:56:23 GMT
BritishHobo says:
Is this true?

I was told the books were the unedited originals.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2009 14:37:46 GMT
Liam Braynt says:
Lets hope so,
I don't even want to imagine what "the picture of Dorian Gray" or Edger Allen Poe's selection of book will be reduced too!

Thanks,
I was going to buy this!

Posted on 3 Apr 2009 07:47:05 BDT
J. ter Horst says:
The books in this "game" are in the original Harper Collins editions, the ones you'll find on the shelves. They are not abridged or especially censored for this version. Differences in editing against other versions might exist but they have always existed and nobody made a big deal about it. Bottom line is, if you would have bought the book off the shelf, you'll be excited reading it on your NDS.

Posted on 11 Jan 2013 23:40:31 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jan 2013 23:41:02 GMT
MWA says:
I don't remember Gulliver being abused by Glumdalclitch...
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