I have to say, I was pretty surprised when I read this article listing the three most popular book titles in the library at the Guantanamo Bay detention center.
Out of the 13,500 books available to the 229 prisoners, these 3 were most popular:
1. Harry Potter (series)
2. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
3. Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama
First, I thought this was kind of cool because I’ve read all 3 books. (Okay, I attempted Don Quixote and didn’t quite finish it) … The article goes on to quote a lawyer who spoke with one of the prisoners as a potential client. The prisoner was a 36 year old Algerian man named Ali.
From the article:
I kept our conversation light. We spent a long time discussing the Harry Potter books, his favorite books at the Guantánamo library.
Ali sees parallels between George W. Bush and J.K. Rowling’s arch-villain, Voldemort. Guantánamo is the real-world equivalent of Azkaban, the cheerless prison guarded by the soulless “tormentors.”