Maya Angelou's six volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration.
In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother's lover.
'I write about being a Black American woman, however, I am always talking about what it's like to be a human being. This is how we are, what makes us laugh, and this is how we fall and how we somehow, amazingly, stand up again' Maya Angelou
©1969 Maya Angelou (renewed 1997) (P)2011 Random House Inc
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"Such perfect diction and attention to detail"
Having read Maya's books myself thirty years ago, it was one of the first audiobooks I bought to listen to on my iPad ,now in my seventies, and I have been delighted to listen to Maya's perfect diction and wonderful attention to the details of The English language , a rare treat these days of sloppy Americanisms and ubiquitous estuarine accent. Her accent and diction immediately add local colour to her story of hardship growing up as a negro child in the Deep South of early twentieth century America in the time of segregation and the Great Depression.
This was a fantastic listen , read by the author . Full of wisdom and beautiful writing . I shall listen to it again for sure .
Some wonderful quotes to meditate upon . The book really picks up pace in the second half .
Inspiring . Absolutely amazing .
"My favourite book"
I've loved this (the first book in maya angelous autobiography) since childhood. So, I purchased this from audible to listen and experience the story over again. It is narrated by Maya Angelou and very enjoyable. The story is deep and rich. A must read.
"Such a Fascinating Story!"
I only found out about this book from my mother after Maya Angelou's death. Well, what can I say- it has left me speechless. The book is inspiring and shows how determination can take you far against all odds. Highly recommended read.
"A first class read"
I was aware of the works of Maya Angelou but this was my introduction to the lady herself
Well versed and at times funny innocent and frightening this is a insight to the wrongs done by man upon his fellow man and how the singular individual can overcome such adversity
I would highly recommend this title to anyone who
"Better read than heard"
I know this book is considered something of a modern classic, but I must say that I found it agonizing to listen to Maya Angelou's reading. Her ultra-precise and ultra-slow diction made me feel as if she were either reading the most secret and sacred text on the planet for the one and only time I would ever get hear it, or reading out instructions while I had my head in the engine compartment, trying to fix a car. How anyone can take hours and hours of is beyond me.
This is an inspiring read which is enhanced by the almost perfect way that the Author herself articulates her own words.
"Excellent chance to read this autobiography!!"
Not this one but other books of Maya Angelou's, yes :)
Marguerite/Maya, coz she's an inspiration!
All but it was a real eye opener 're segregation in the South, only Vanilla ice cream allowed on Fourth July to black people , really!!! :(
Will read more of her .
"Amazing journey with Maya"
Beautifully written memoir, amazing language. You feel that you are in the era with Maya standing by watching everything.
"Great Book Read by A Great Woman"
Can't believe it's taken me this many years to read this book. What an interesting story that only goes up to her teens. Can't wait to read the books that follow.
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