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)
Maya Angelou was reading the book.
It made me laugh and made me upset sometimes. I don't want to give to much detail of the book.
the details of her life growing up
Dr. Angelou's voice telling her own story cannot be surpassed. However, it felt like she may have recorded the narrative more recently, as her narrative sometimes fumbles, almost as if she's not reading her own words. But wouldn't trade her voice for anyone else.
What a joy it was to listen to Maya Angelou narrate her story! The book is wonderful, and to have her narrate it made it amazing. I was sad when the book ended because I wanted to go on listening to her voice.
I loved Maya Angelou's reading of the book. The story was interesting but not riveting because it simply listed and did not delve into events.
It was, if only to become more acquainted with Maya Angelou.
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.
An amazing story.
The story of Maya's early life was pretty amazing.
Her performance wasn't perfect, but it worked.
I dont know if I should be admitting this but I am, this was my first Maya Angelou book. I mean, I remember reading this book in early grade school but as a child I could have never grasped the meaning. Reading this story now as an adult I appreciate her honesty. Her narrative tone placed me by her side. I walked with her, laughed with her, hurt with her, and hugged her. This story took me to the place when I questioned my placement in the world and my natural beauty. I applaud Maya Angelou for being ever so brave to share her story. This story has encouraged me to always remain true to myself, seek the guidence of the Lord , and never never lose my faith. Thank you for writing this story.
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.
There were many moments or learning and awakening.
I feel like I was with her. So real!
I loved the glimpses allowed into the mind of Maya, the way she thought, the way she saw the world.
Several moments in this book were life-changing for Maya, but hearing her tell them was life-changing for me.
It's difficult to hear of the hardships and struggles of a young girl, but it is also good to see the strength and resilience of the human spirit.
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