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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (Virago Modern Classics) (English Edition) van [Angelou, Maya]
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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


  • Editie: Kindle-editie
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  • Printlengte: 317 pagina's
  • Uitgever: Virago; New Ed editie (17 mei 2010)
  • Verkocht door: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Taal: Engels
  • ASIN: B003MQM7H8
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5.0 van 5 sterren It is amazing that we can hear Dr 22 januari 2017
door Leon - Gepubliceerd op
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Here's my review on one of the three books that I've read by Maya Angelou:

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings:
Smiling Through Sadness

Maya Angelou’s first memoir, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, captures the sweetest, purest, and the most honest inner voice of a black child who grew up to be a heroine. Dr. Angelou does not censor anything; She wants us to know it all. It is so true, straightforward, and uncensored that many white parents have attempted to ban this book from schools. This memorable and mysterious autobiography - originally published in 1969 - was followed by another masterpiece entitled: Gather Together In My Name. Both books are available in audio format recorded by Random House Audio. It is amazing that we can hear Dr. Angelou reading her own books to us just like a grandmother putting us to sleep with her adventurous bed-time stories.
Dr. Maya Angelou, who has been honored and awarded numerous times, is a pure soul writing about the evil world of the racist America keeping a matching voice on each chapter of her life. When she is writing about her experiences as a five-year-old, you hear a five-year-old talking to you. Being one of the most recognized public figures and a civil rights movement’s heroine, Maya Angelou, gives us a poetic journey of how a poor disadvantaged black girl was rejected by everyone including her own mother, raped by her mother’s boyfriend, and had to witness his crippled uncle hiding under a pile of onions and potatoes to be protected from racist white beasts on a regular basis. The good news is that the story of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings does not end here. This bird sings her heart out until the cage breaks and she becomes our national treasure.
This powerful modern American classis has changed many readers’ (and listeners’) hearts and minds in a way that every great work of literature should. This book became the best-seller immediately after it was published. What added to my personal itch to read this book when I was first introduced to it was the fact that Dr. Angelou has described William Shakespeare as one of her strongest influence on her life and works. Shakespeare is my all-time favorite “pennist.”
Buy it, read it, keep it, reread it, highlight it, talk about it, advertise it, buy more of it and give it out as a gift, learn from it, and apply what you’ve learned from it in your daily life. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is coming from a heart and soul of someone who had to witness the unnecessary, harsh, and brutal insults that no ordinary human being can bear. Maya Angelou writes the story of a human who was pushed to her limits by the ugliness of this world and while being in a saddest cage, sang the happiest song. Once precious Maya Angelou told her younger generation that seem to be unable to cope with the racism in the past and present:
“You should be angry. You must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. It doesn’t do anything to the object of its displeasure. So use that anger. You write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk it. Never stop talking it.”
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5.0 van 5 sterren A story of inspiration and lessons 21 september 2014
door R. DelParto - Gepubliceerd op
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Published in 1969 and one of several autobiographies that Maya Angelou would write. However, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is her first and the most intimate memoirs to be written and to take into account a lifetime of experiences during the most pivotal periods in American history. Her story represents and is symbolic to the African American experience during pre-civil rights era and the migration of communities in the United States during the late 1930s and 1950s that uprooted their lives from the south in places such as Stamps, Arkansas, St. Louis Missouri in the Midwest, and to the West to San Francisco. But the unique aspect about this history and story, it is first told from the perspective of Angelou as a child and the events that will occur thereafter in this coming of age memoir.

Upon reading the first lines of the book, readers will be in store with much of the emotional intensity from Marguerite Bailey as well as the moving elements of her narrative that are told with great detail. Her story is told in flashbacks but within a block of memories, and there are several worth noting. But one did leave a lasting impression that involved the a pre-World War II era and the home-front during the war, especially the effects that the war had on particular communities; one of the interesting bits of history that Marguerite observes was when she was in San Francisco and how the internment of Japanese Americans in her neighborhood left a void to the community, shops and businesses and homes that were left vacant. But as time progressed during the war, the void was filled as more African Americans looked for opportunities on the west coast. And as a bright-eyed and precocious child to a blooming and maturing young lady, this event and several others may touch a nerve. Aside from the history, there exists the social dilemmas and issues that tend to be subtly told but clearly understood that related to the adversity that Marguerite experienced and the questions that she either asked her mother and the answers that she received of that is the way things were, or what she questioned of herself. With that sentiment in mind, throughout the book readers see the strength in the words that Angelou wrote, “Without willing it, I had gone from being ignorant of being ignorant to being aware of being aware. And the worst part of my awareness was that I wasn’t aware of what I was aware of…” (288)

Whether one first reads this most thought-provoking book in school as a class assignment or out of curiosity, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is as relevant today as it may have been the day one first read the book. Indeed, it is a story worth discussing because of its timelessness, but most importantly, the somewhat unspeakable issues that she shares with the reader that still exist today as it existed during Maya Angelou’s time.
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5.0 van 5 sterren A true necessity in understanding human psychology and our nation's past. 30 mei 2015
door Martin R. Wessner - Gepubliceerd op
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I read this book about 10 years ago and didn't have the appreciation for it that I do now. This is not a warm and fuzzy story, but it is the truth as the author goes through her life as a child to young adult. The subjects, which are many, and experiences that Ms Angelou lived through must be remembered forever. I hesitated at the mood. I would say it was a dark story, and was a dark time in America's past, and humanity's past. To say that white and black people have differences is true, but don't we all? Isn't that what truly makes us human? To think that just not long ago in this country, there was slavery. Black people were not considered human beings, but property to be bought and sold. The book brought me to tears, which is why I said "Dark", yet look at where she came from and where she is now. I would say it really doesn't apply, as it is her truth as she recounts her thoughts and life events. It may be painful for white people to have to remember what our grandparents and great grandparents felt about people of color, but it was the truth, and it should be painful. Soo painful that we never forget what great accomplishments we have as human beings, but also the mistakes and suffering of innocent people. It's horrible, but it must be read and never forgotten. Maya Angelou is one of my top 5 role models in understanding life, good and bad. Please read this book then give it to someone who hasn't.
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5.0 van 5 sterren Words that rise off the page and lift the soul 5 september 2015
door Stacy Thomas - Gepubliceerd op
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I admit to being one of those bad parents who allowed my children to read about rape, murder, torture, slavery, infidelity, polygamy. And when they were done reading their Bibles I also allowed them to read beautiful works of art like this one.

Yes, some difficult subjects are revealed in this book but they are done so with a brutal reality that feels like you've slipped back into that confusing and sometimes chaotic world known as childhood. Angelou so adeptly reminds her readers what it feels like to be in a world where the adults know more than you and seem to want to keep you in the dark, back into a world of partial truths where you are left to assume realities. Her prose is magnificent and I step away from each reading of this feeling lighter and a slightly better person who has her world opened up just a little larger. Why in the world would anyone want to steal that gift from 14 or 15 year olds who can see much smaller, stilted, laugh track versions of life every time they turn on the Disney channel?
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5.0 van 5 sterren Classic for a reason! 7 mei 2017
door Jacob Todd - Gepubliceerd op
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I'm not sure why it took me so long to read this book! I've heard about it for years, seen it referenced in other books and movies, yet I always avoided reading it myself. After coming across it again on the Amazon store, I decided to go ahead. Maybe I would get bored one day and skim it.
Oh my goodness.
As soon as I started reading it, I didn't stop. Starting at 7:00 pm., by the time the birds signaled dawn, I finished the last page with tears in my eyes.
Aside from the obviously touching story, Maya Angelou is a truly gifted writer. She was able to transform her writing as her character (herself) aged. She wrote from the mind of a child in the beginning, and by the end, she had a new maturity.
Beautiful. Worth all the accolades it's received thus far.

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