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Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: A Casebook
With the continued expansion of the literary canon, multicultural works of modern literary fiction and autobiography have assumed an increasing importance for students and scholars of American literature. This exciting new series assembles key documents and criticism concerning these works that have so recently become central components of the American literature curriculu ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 31st 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA
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I know why the caged bird sings In my opinion was very boring, and not that interesting. I did not like it at all, and I do not recommend this book to anyone. I rated this book a two, because it didn’t get my attention. It was very boring, and confusing. The book was very boring and confusing, because it was just her life, there was no real descriptive climax, other than she got raped. The strengths of this would be how it can really touch people’s hearts, in the book Mayas parents are divorced, ...more
I read this book for the first time in college and didn't really love it- I think our class went way to far into the symbolism of the book (I NEVER can see the symbolism in a book, and I get bored with discussing it). This time around, I really enjoyed reading it. Maya had a tough childhood... it gives me courage that people are able to rise above such trials.
I read this book when I was 13 and in school. I loved it then and I still love it now. Up to this day I have still been sharing it with family and friends. When I was 15 I remembering doing a essay on this book and also writing a letter to the author which my teacher had mailed. Out of all the authors to write back Maya Angelou was the only one who did. Unfortunately for me, I was just a nappy-headed little geek and and had no idea that one day I would want that letter, or how much it would mean ...more
I prefer to read fiction (this autobiography was picked by one of my reading groups) so at first I wasn't hooked, seeing it as a series of essays from memory, all written beautifully, with economy, originality, honesty, empathy, humour, but varying in narrative interest. Also as the first big storyline developed, I feared the book was a 1969 precursor of the unappealing 'misery memoir' genre. I was wrong on both counts. The book is far from miserable, even the lulls have their interest, it devel ...more
After reading Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings I felt I knew the real Maya. Angelou doesn't try to cover up any of her mistakes or bad experiences and allows the reader to see her faults. There is no screen between the reader and the author.