I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings


The first and best-known of Maya Angelou's extraordinary seven volumes of autobiography is 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 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 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.

Our Review

I had heard about I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou well before I read it. I am so glad I chose to read it. I have no words for how much I loved it. 

Maya Angelou has such a unique voice and the ability to transport the reader to the segregated Southern states of America. There is a reason why this fascinating book is considered to be a classic and I cannot praise it highly enough. 

"In Stamps the segregation was so complete that most black children didn't know what whites looked like. Other than that they were different, to be dreaded, and in that dread was included the hostility of the powerless against the powerful, the poor against the rich, the worker against the worked for and the ragged against the well dressed." 

Although, this is a book about the hardships she and her family faced, it is also a book about pride and the power of familial love. 

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