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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (English)

Author: Maya Angelou
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Language: English
Length: 289 Pages
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is Maya Angelou’s debut memoir, which was first published in 1969. It is a modern American classic which provides an incisive look into the early years of African-American writer and poet.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a coming-of-age story which very beautifully shows how the strength of a character and a love of literature can help overcome trauma and racism. Maya and her brother, Bailey were sent by their mother to live with their grandmother in a small Southern town. They bare the pain of abandonment and prejudice of the local white folks. When she was just an 8-year-old girl, she was attacked by a man many times her age in St. Louis. She does not have a choice but to live with its consequences for a lifetime. After several years, in San Francisco, Maya finally realizes that love for herself, the kindness of others, and her own strong spirit are the only things which will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a poetic and powerful read and will touch the heart of the readers.

About Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was an African-American author, poet, dancer, actress and singer. She has written seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry. She has received several awards and over fifty honorary degrees. Maya Angelou is best known for her autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings tells the story of her life up to the age of seventeen. This book brought her international recognition and acclaim. She has also authored Gather Together in My Name, Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas, The Heart of a Woman and All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes.

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Author Maya Angelou
Author Info
Poet, writer, performer, teacher, and director, Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas, and then moved to San Francisco. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, she has also written a cookbook, Hallelujah! The Welcome Table, and five poetry collections, including I Shall Not Be Moved and Shaker, Why Don’t You Sing?
Book Details
Publisher Random House Publishing Group
Imprint Ballantine Books
Publication Year 2009 April
ISBN-13 9780345514400
ISBN-10 0345514408
Language English
Edition Reprint
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 289 Pages
Dimensions
Width 0.83 inch
Height 6.93 inch
Depth 0.74 inch
Weight 0.33 Pounds (US)
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abhisek das
27 Nov 2011
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an innocent girl remained ingenuous

this is a story of a negro girl who learns and accepts the vicissitudes of human life through different risky pleasurable paths along with her responsible,sensible brother accompanied by their grumpy,strait-laced grandmother more often than not.The narration is so intriguing that you can't leave it incomplete halfway or anywhere during the reading.The story bears resemblance to no other than the writer,Maya Angelou,herself and spans up to the protagonist's giving birth to a child at an untimely age of being pregnant and the writer wonderfully leaves it upon us to delineate the story with d... ()

this is a story of a negro girl who learns and accepts the vicissitudes of human life through different risky pleasurable paths along with her responsible,sensible brother accompanied by their grumpy,strait-laced grandmother more often than not.The narration is so intriguing that you can't leave it incomplete halfway or anywhere during the reading.The story bears resemblance to no other than the writer,Maya Angelou,herself and spans up to the protagonist's giving birth to a child at an untimely age of being pregnant and the writer wonderfully leaves it upon us to delineate the story with d...
this is a story of a negro girl who learns and accepts the vicissitudes of human life through different risky pleasurable paths along with her responsible,sensible brother accompanied by their grumpy,strait-laced grandmother more often than not.The narration is so intriguing that you can't leave it incomplete halfway or anywhere during the reading.The story bears resemblance to no other than the writer,Maya Angelou,herself and spans up to the protagonist's giving birth to a child at an untimely age of being pregnant and the writer wonderfully leaves it upon us to delineate the story with delicate brush-strokes so much similar to her way.

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I know why the caged bird sings

This book is a brilliant narration in first person account of a brave yet guileless gir. It's a must read for anyone who likes reading intense portrayals.

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Abhishek Kashyap
03 Oct 2013
the Curse of racism

The author has had to deal with the curse of being a black from a very early age. Growing up in Stamps, her innocent mind regards the Whites as an almost different species. Very often she tries to fathom the unjustifiable contempt the Whites feel for the colored people; yet, just like every other Black, she is forced to accept her predicament, with her brother and grandmother by her side. Painting a stark picture of what it meant to be a Black back in her childhood days, Maya Angelou describes how she was relocated to her mother's place, only to deal with a blow that shatters her to the ext... ()

The author has had to deal with the curse of being a black from a very early age. Growing up in Stamps, her innocent mind regards the Whites as an almost different species. Very often she tries to fathom the unjustifiable contempt the Whites feel for the colored people; yet, just like every other Black, she is forced to accept her predicament, with her brother and grandmother by her side. Painting a stark picture of what it meant to be a Black back in her childhood days, Maya Angelou describes how she was relocated to her mother's place, only to deal with a blow that shatters her to the ext...
The author has had to deal with the curse of being a black from a very early age. Growing up in Stamps, her innocent mind regards the Whites as an almost different species. Very often she tries to fathom the unjustifiable contempt the Whites feel for the colored people; yet, just like every other Black, she is forced to accept her predicament, with her brother and grandmother by her side. Painting a stark picture of what it meant to be a Black back in her childhood days, Maya Angelou describes how she was relocated to her mother's place, only to deal with a blow that shatters her to the extent that she refuses to talk to any person. Finally, she finds solace in poems. The book ends with a beautiful "If you're for the right thing, then you do it without thinking."

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