I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Here is a book as joyous and painful, and as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s first memoir, published in 1969... show more
Here is a book as joyous and painful, and as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s first memoir, published in 1969 is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.Sent by their mother to their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” When she journeys at eight to her mother’s side in St. Louis, she is attacked by a man many times her age. Years later, in San Francisco, she learns about love for herself–and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. The kindness of others, Maya’s own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.Poetic and powerful–now in a beautiful keepsake edition–I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds as long as people read.
Publish date: April 21st 2009
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
Series: Maya Angelou's Autobiography (#1)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the first of seven memoirs that Maya Angelou wrote. This book tells of her life from childhood to the age of seventeen - the years 1928 to 1945. The story is a harsh and sad one, dealing with poverty, racism, abandonment, rape, sexual abuse, and teenage pregnancy. ...
This is a good book, but I am not in love. It is a memoir of the author’s childhood and adolescence in the 1930s and 40s, in the segregated South and later in California. It is certainly a well-written book, with vividly drawn scenes – the reader must accept a certain amount of creative license, as ...
[2/16/16]Incredible command of language, imagery. This is clearly an accomplished poet. And the story was very moving, but I felt a little cheated when it ended well before her life was fully formed. It stopped when she was 15 (16?) at the birth of her first child, and I felt that that event, unl...
I have seen the movie/video adaptation of this book but had not read the source from which it is derived. At the time and mostly since then I never felt inclined to, but after the author's death in 2014 I thought it would be good for me to read at least one of her books. And I figured this would be ...
A modern classic, this book traces the early life of renowned poet Maya Angelou. Growing up in small town Arkansas wasn't easy. Segregation and racism were the rule and it was so accepted that any sort of rebellion was unheard of, despite the downtrodden nature of a people who still worked the cotto...