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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Autor: Maya Angelou
Sprecher: Maya Angelou
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Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash”. At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age - and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime.

Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.

Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a modern American classic that will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read - or listen.

©1969 Maya Angelou (P)2010 Random House

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" I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.” (James Baldwin)
“A beautiful book - an unconditionally involving memoir for our time or any time.... Maya Angelou is a natural writer with an inordinate sense of life and she has written an exceptional autobiographical narrative.” ( Kirkus Reviews)
“Simultaneously touching and comic.” ( The New York Times)

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A story of survival

Maya Angelou's childhood as she writes it, is tragic and filled with so much detail that you can feel it. She tells the history of African Americans within her own life. The injustice and prejudice. Her uncle had to hide under onions and potatoes for hours to avoid being tortured by the KKK, her neighbors worked all day picking cotton to just end up in debt anyways since they had to buy their cotton sacks. In her 8th grade graduation the boys were told they could only become athletes and the girls weren't mentioned at all. "It was aweful to be negro and have no control over my own life. It was brutal to be young and already trained to sit quietly and listen to charges brought against my color, with no chance of defense…. As a species, we were an abomination, all of us ". "The Black female is assaulted in her tender years by all those common forces of nature at the same time that she is caught in the tripartite crossfire of masculine prejudice, white illogical hate and Black lack of power. "The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance."

I can't say it any better than Maya herself. Her memoir is a gift to future generations, to provide hope to those in need and to provide reflection for all others.