Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age - and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a modern American classic that will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read - or listen.
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Customer images. See all customer images. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. Angelou does not censor anything; She wants us to know it all. It is so true, straightforward, and uncensored that many white parents have attempted to ban this book from schools. This memorable and mysterious autobiography - originally published in - was followed by another masterpiece entitled: Gather Together In My Name. Both books are available in audio format recorded by Random House Audio.
It is amazing that we can hear Dr. Angelou reading her own books to us just like a grandmother putting us to sleep with her adventurous bed-time stories.
Maya Angelou, who has been honored and awarded numerous times, is a pure soul writing about the evil world of the racist America keeping a matching voice on each chapter of her life. When she is writing about her experiences as a five-year-old, you hear a five-year-old talking to you.
This bird sings her heart out until the cage breaks and she becomes our national treasure. This book became the best-seller immediately after it was published. What added to my personal itch to read this book when I was first introduced to it was the fact that Dr. Angelou has described William Shakespeare as one of her strongest influence on her life and works. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is coming from a heart and soul of someone who had to witness the unnecessary, harsh, and brutal insults that no ordinary human being can bear.
Maya Angelou writes the story of a human who was pushed to her limits by the ugliness of this world and while being in a saddest cage, sang the happiest song. You must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer.
It eats upon the host. So use that anger. You write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk it. Never stop talking it. Maya Angelou is, of course, very famous, and the title of this book is known to most people.
For years, with a few exceptions, I have been reading nonfiction. I have been intensely interested in a few subjects, which changed somewhat as I grew older, but rarely turned to fiction. It was no doubt because of an attempt to remedy my ignorance that I picked this up, as well as the fact that it was only two dollars on Book Bub. I now understand why Maya Angelou was such a giant figure in American literature. In rich, sometimes poetic language, she brings the reader into her world of social tensions and appreciation of her culture.
She is able to demonstrate the degree of her strength and intelligence, and I came to a great appreciation of this major writer. I'm not sure why it took me so long to read this book! I've heard about it for years, seen it referenced in other books and movies, yet I always avoided reading it myself. After coming across it again on the Amazon store, I decided to go ahead. Maybe I would get bored one day and skim it. Oh my goodness. As soon as I started reading it, I didn't stop. Starting at pm. Aside from the obviously touching story, Maya Angelou is a truly gifted writer.
She was able to transform her writing as her character herself aged. She wrote from the mind of a child in the beginning, and by the end, she had a new maturity. Worth all the accolades it's received thus far. I adored Maya Angelou. Brilliant, loving, an inspiration, a mother to us all.
Although it clearly evinces her unique perspective and gift for writing, it is so sad and full of disappointment, betrayal and tragedy my heart ached. I'll add that aside from race issues, from a feminine and family perspective my own early life had several parallels to Angelou's. As Oprah Winfrey says in her introduction, hers did too yet the book had the opposite effect on her. I give it two stars instead of one for her writing skill and the purely intellectual knowledge that she prevailed in life, and in a BIG way.
But had I not known this Oddly enough, this book had the opposite effect on me as The Color Purple the book, not the film- I didn't care for the film. I guess that has most to do with the fact that the story is complete, we get to see Celie triumph over abuse and adversity.
Will I read the rest of her story, contained in her subsequent books? I don't know, maybe. Angelou writes about such heavy issues abandonment. I wasn't excited about this book before reading it, but boy was I wrong!
This book is actually fantastic! Angelou writes about such heavy issues abandonment, sexual assault, racism, sexual confusion, etc. The writing is so fun and engaging. Angelou makes use of figurative language to paint vivid and delightful pictures of her childhood experiences.
She does a great job of communicating so much in less than pages. There are many little gems embedded on every page; this book is so rich with meaning and literary technique.
See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews. Maya Angelou, a writer and civil rights activist among numerous other careers recounts her childhood experiences growing up first with her grandmother in the poor, isolated small-town Stamps and later with her mother in the lively glamour of San Francisco. Her story comes close to covering the entire spectrum of human emotion; it leads readers through the horrifying, funny then achingly sad in a relatively short space of time.
Its almost lyrical style means the memoir reads almost like fiction and I had to keep reminding myself of its reality. However, I think the true poignancy of this memoir lies as much in the words she does not use. She added that the least he could do was fight for his country the way her son was fighting on Iwo Jima. The story said that the man pulled his body away from the window to show an armless sleeve. Instead, they are allowed to speak for themselves. Also, the approach taken to portraying the complex relationships in the book is very much one of interwoven moments rather than a monologue.
No attempt is made to simplify or explain these relationships; to do so would be to reduce them, and detract from the way in which the memoir explores the true nature of human connections. Something about the book, other than its genre, felt strange and different when I first started reading it.