Another one that I just can't understand the banning of is A Wrinkle In Time' by Madeleine L'Engle (#90). I grew up on this book! I loved this book, adored this book, and cherished this book before I could even really understand what was going on in this book.
Wikipedia (the source for all accurate information) has this to say about the banning:
Reasons given include the book's references to witches and crystal balls (although the characters are not in fact witches, and the crystal ball is a science-fictional one), the claim that it "challenges religious beliefs", and the listing of Jesus "with the names of great artists, philosophers, scientists, and religious leaders".Phewy--that's what I say. What happened to intellectual interpretation of literature? Do the people who ban books just throw that out the window? I'd like to see where on these lists Mein Kampf sits.
Anyway, about a Wrinkle In Time. Have you read it? If you haven't... how did you miss out!?
"Meg looked. The dark shadow was still there. It had not lessened or dispersed with the coming of night. And where the shadow was the stars were not visible.::insert demonic religion challenging laughter here::
What could there be about a shadow that was so terrible that she knew that there had never been before or ever would be again, anything that would chill her with a fear that was beyond shuddering, beyond crying or screaming, beyond the possibility of comfort?
"That dark Thing we saw," she said. "Is that what my father is fighting?"
"Yes," Mrs. Which said. "He is behind the darkness, so that even we cannot see him."
Meg began to cry, to sob aloud.
. . ."My child, do not despair. Do you think we would have brought you here if there were no hope? We are asking you to do a difficult thing, but we are confident you can do it. Your father needs help, he needs courage, and for his children he may be able to do what he cannot for himself."
Clearly a book worth banning. Right up there with The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien (#40).
Which brings me nicely to the song I picked out. My friend swore I couldn't use it in connection with A Wrinkle In Time because it was made for LOTR, but since I've read a large portion of the books on these banned lists it can be argued that I'm not exactly one for following convention.
Yes, that's me... banned book reader.
Enya has a song called 'May It Be' that was used in the Lord of the Rings movies, but I think it goes so well for Meg and her companions.
May it be an evening starLovely.
Shines down upon you
May it be when darkness falls
Your heart will be true
You walk a lonely road
Oh! How far you are from home
Mornie utúlië (darkness has come)
Believe and you will find your way
Mornie alantië (darkness has fallen)
A promise lives within you now
May it be the shadows call
Will fly away
May it be you journey on
To light the day
When the night is overcome
You may rise to find the sun
Now, I'm off to go read some more banned books, perhaps I'll start with Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne (#22).
Books: A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, Charlotte's Web by E. B. White, Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park, Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
Music: May It Be by Enya