I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Dr. Maya Angelou

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

By Dr. Maya Angelou

  • Release Date: 2010-09-02
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
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Maya Angelou's seven 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


  • Brilliant

    By Mitchum better to do
    The first book in her autobiographical series, Maya writes so fluidly that you are sucked into her world without even noticing the words that take you there. The dramatic saga that is the story of her life, is like travelling back in time in someone else's body. The prose is perfect; the writing is honest; and the story is real. From the beginning of this book to the end if the last, Maya Angelou's life is captivating, and surprising at every turn. I would happily read her story right to the deathbed. When I had to put the book down, I would be thinking about her world. I developed a great appreciation for the African American culture and history and learnt through Maya's voice as a participant of this history and not just a reader. Loved it so much, I bought books 2, 3, 4, and 6 all together. (5 was unavailable :(