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(Audio) Book Thoughts: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)

Angelou, Maya - I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings


Title: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
Author/narrator: Maya Angelou
Genre: Non-Fiction / Memoir / Autobiography
First published: 1969
Edition: Audio

The cadence of Maya Angelou’s voice really helps tell her story and I am very glad that I decided to listen to this on audio.

This is both a story of survival and triumph. It is a story of being black in America in the mid twentieth century and it also questions what it means to be a woman.

The author tells us about growing up, from a small child until sixteen. She survived some truly horrendous events and my heart broke whilst I was listening to her relating what happened to her. No child should have to go through what she has been through. And yet, despite the many serious issues she touched on during this memoir of her young life, I did not find this a depressing listen. I could hear the heart and courage in her story and it was kind of empowering. I simply opened my heart to this young girl.

This was a great listen and I highly recommend the audio book. I am looking forward to listening to more of her audio books. I would really like to read some of her poetry as well.

6 out of 7 stars


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