Fallen Angels (Myers novel)
2008 paperback edition
|Author||Walter Dean Myers|
|Genre||Young adult, war novel|
|Preceded by||Crystal (1987)|
|Followed by||Scorpions (1990)|
Fallen Angels is a 1988 young-adult novel written by Walter Dean Myers, about the Vietnam war. It won the 1988 Coretta Scott King Award. Fallen Angels is listed as number 16 in the American Library Association's list of 100 most frequently challenged books of 1990–2000 due to its use of profanity and realistic depiction of the war.
Richard Perry is a young man trying to hold into his dreams amidst his troubled neighborhood, Harlem, New York City. Though highly intellectual, Perry cannot afford to attend college and thus enlists in the United States Army. Little does he know that the Vietnam conflict is about to escalate to gruesome levels. Amid philosophical reflections and a dire struggle to maintain their humanity, a bleak but realistic depiction of combat gradually unfolds for the young soldiers far from home. Careless military leadership, brutal guerrilla resistance, and American war crimes are just a few of the horrors young Perry witnesses firsthand. With no end in sight to the war, the men wonder if any will return home at all.
- Fallen Angels, Walter Dean Myers. New York: Scholastic Press, 1988. ISBN 0-590-40942-5
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