I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – review

I finishedI Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou last night.

There isn’t much to say about this book that hasn’t been said before. Maya Angelou is as poetic in her prose as she is with her poetry. Her insights into life are inspirational and moving.

This is the first in a five volume biography series. Written in 1983, it chronicles Maya’s life from age 3 to her early teens. The details of her childhood living with her grandmother in Arkansas, her absentee parents that just flicker in and out of her life, and her incredible bond with her brother showcase the value of family, loyalty, strength and the basic human instinct of survival.

Its amazing to me the lives people have lived in the 1900’s. From early on in the century to now. How much the world has changed, grown, developed, de-evolved, stabilized, and stopped growing. Each decade pushed American society forward one large step. In my lifetime I went from cassette player, to cd player to Ipod. VHS to DVD. The Iraq War is prevalent, although neglected. Potential presidental candidates are a black man, and a white woman. The Terminator is my state govenor.

I’m not sure about any musical group that’s as influential and popular as The Beatles, and Elvis.

I wonder what I’ll experience in the next 3 decades of my life? What other great social movements will happen?

Find this book at your local library

5 responses to “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – review

  1. I need to read Maya Angelou. What a huge gap in my reading!

  2. Yeah, she’s very gifted verbally. I need to pick up one of her poetry books. I’ve only heard her poetry on TV shows and in movies.

  3. I couldn’t find her poetry, but I picked up “Even the Stars are Lonely” (Lonesome?) at the library booksale yesterday.

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  5. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is a brilliant book. I’d even go so far as to say that it’s better than To Kill a Mockingbird.

    I’ve compared the two on my blog if you’d care to take a look: http://martinrain.wordpress.com/2010/07/19/book-review-to-kill-a-mockingbird-vs-i-know-why-the-caged-bird%C2%A0sings/

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