Sent by their mother to live with 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”. At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age - and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime.
Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her 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, 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.
©1969 Maya Angelou (P)2010 Random House
"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.” (James Baldwin)
“A beautiful book - an unconditionally involving memoir for our time or any time.... Maya Angelou is a natural writer with an inordinate sense of life and she has written an exceptional autobiographical narrative.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Simultaneously touching and comic.” (The New York Times)
The story is beautifully written. Angelou is a master of description. She paints a masterpiece with words.
Her struggle with her stepmother was very memorable and painful.
Angelou's narration brings her own words to life. Reading the book without that would be an entirely different experience. She brings emotions to the story exactly as she experienced them at the time of the events.
I enjoyed savoring this book over several sittings, although it was interesting enought to drink in at once.
Angelou was one of the most masterful writers whose work I have ever read. Pairing that skill with a touching story made the book a truly memorable experience.
Raw honest writing.
Just hearing the voice of the person who had the experiences in the book adds so much.
yes, already have. triumph over adversity, an amazing story of the human experience at its worst and very best.
my most memorable was, as children, Maya and her brother Bailey laughing uncontrollably during church service when the preacher's false teeth fell out onto the floor.
her narration colored the story so vividly that I could often imagine exactly what these places, faces and things would be and feel like.
I felt the highs and lows of the human experience as Maya may have wanted her audience to. I never cried, but surely did laugh when it was funny. I felt a greater appreciation for Ms. Angelou and the amazing light she was to so many, myself included.
its a long audiobook, but worth the listen as so much of our life's journey takes twists and turns we can only understand in retrospect, this book shared the hope that we are given life's lemons to make amazing lemonade.
Addicted to Audible!
Definitely having the author narrate the book.
The Color Purple
I have listened to her poetry. Never an entire book. It was great! She became every character.
I understood it better with the author reading it. Through her voice I was more aware of how she experienced various situations.
Finishing final semester pursuing Bachelor's degree in English.
I listened to the book as a school assignment. I actually enjoyed it more than I believed I would. Maya experienced a lot of abuse and mistreatment, but came out stronger on the other side. She never wallowed in self-pity, but moved past her circumstances. It was especially enjoyable that the author performed the audio book, herself. Every line was read the way it was intended.
I have never experienced Maya Angelou prior to this, and I must say, I enjoyed hearing about her life's journey.
Tell us about yourself! Love Audible! Listening to a good story on my long commute to work makes the drive awesome.
Yes - insiders view of growing up black in a society governed by hateful whites.
Personal views of author
made parts seem boring
questionable - the jury is still out
Just when I thought I couldn't listen anymore something intriguing happened and I continued
The voice of Ms. Angelou.
Of course, the most memorable moment has to be her being molested. It is the moment that the book builds up to and that everything falls down from.
Ritee had such a wonderful relationship with her brother. He was her only real "connective tissue," so to speak. He was the one thing that was always there, whether she was going to live with her grandmother with a note attached to her as a very small girl or being sent back and forth between her parents and grandmother as a growing child, he was the one thing she could always count on. I think he was my favorite because he was a constant.
I re-read this book, this time right after Ms. Angelou died. I think my reaction this time was much less extreme as it was when I read it when I was much younger. I was remembering the times - her childhood and how she was such a strong person, living through so much, and how she got to be that way. This time reading the book, didn't make me laugh as much as smile when she did the things she did. Her determination, for instance, at becoming a money taker on the trolley cars.
I will miss Maya Angelou's voice so much. She had such a great talent and this book was one I turned to when she died to say goodbye.
Maya Angelou narrates her own classic and brings the story fully to life. This audiobook helps one understand the value of an oral tradition.
Commuting 2 hours a day to and from work allows me the pleasure of listening to many books where I would otherwise not have time to read
That's it, no more audio books narrated by the author. I know that we speak her name, and may she rest in peace, but in my opinion, Maya Angelou's reading of her own work was horrible. It was as if she forgot her reading glasses and was struggling to read the words. I found it very annoying.
I did not enjoy this book.
Ok, I know, this is the pivotal Maya Angelou, but I honestly love Mom and Me and Mom so much more.
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