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Banned Book Review: Fallen Angels

November 16, 2005

24. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

Reason:  Challenged for racism, offensive language and violence.

Fallen Angels follows a young black man into the depths of the Vietnam war.  The story is told from the young man’s point of view and is starkly written.  The description is sparse, leaving nothing but the bare story to the reader’s eye.  Nothing in this story is sugar coated.  The main character’s actions and the actions of those around him are coarse and sometimes brutal.  There are several discussions among the characters about the racism of the officers and fellow soldiers.  The word “nigger” is used several times in the course of the book but is not gratuitous.  In the end, the most painful thing about reading this book is watching the characters slowly fall away into madness and death in the depths of the jungle while fighting for a war that they’re not even sure they’re winning.  Recommended for young adults and anyone wanting a first person experience of the Vietnam War.

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