While imprisoned for charges of treason Boethius wrote The Consolation of Philosophy a beautiful 'end of life' thought process. He is counseled by Lady Philosophy herself in the nature of wealth and fame. All of life's "big" questions are addressed and given nuanced conversations, opinions and thoughts. Boethius was convicted and killed after these writings. In honor of Boethius here are two banned books. What were and continue to be consider subversive texts always make me question what are people so afraid besides the expansion of knowledge and or as Boethius states, "What I look for is not library walls adorned with ivory and glass, but your mind's abode; for I have installed there not books, but what gives books their value, the doctrine found in my writings of old." (Chapter 5)
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Perhaps its banned because its a reflection of most high schools? (just kidding?) It is #8 on American Library Association’s list of frequently banned classics because of complaints of its anti-religion message. It follows a plane crash and a group of boys having to survive on an uninhabited island and what happens when 'nature' takes over the 'nurture' of humanity.
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
A children's book published in 2005 has been on the American Library Association's top ten Most Challenged Books List between 2006 and 2010. Because two male penguins want to adopt a baby penguin is an attempt to promote homosexuality. It really is a cute kids book as I have mentioned in a previous post, kids only see what they are shown. Every time I read this to kids they obsess over the cute penguins and relate it to Happy Feet, two dads are never mentioned.
Though never banned I have to mention Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, a beautiful end of life novel that follows Reverend John Ames as he writes letters to his young son as his life draws to an end. It questions religion, faith, and the essence of a "good" life. No matter your political leanings she did a very engaging interview/conversation with President Obama in September of this year. Here are the links to the transcripts of Part 1 and Part 2.