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Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: A Casebook

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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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Rawan Ismail
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 had the pleasure of meeting Maya Angelou at an event several years ago and since that meeting longed to read this book. A great read--which is not surprising for such an amazing woman.
Ayesha Ahmed
not that good or clean
Louise Payne
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
Bobbie Darbyshire
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
Loved it...absolutely LOVED it...but there was some very unexplained business near the end that left me unhinged and a bit confused.
I found it rather laboriouse after just halfway through though did enjoy it at first.
Rose Finnerty
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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.
Kathy Whipple
I love the language that Maya Angelou uses but when I read about her life I am glad I haven't had to have her journey. Her early years were quite rough and somehow she has be able to find a beautiful voice through it all.
I learned how difficult it was to live a life as a black person in the South! I learned that society, as a whole, has come a long way in our least most of us!!! I love how Maya writes, but at times got bored.
Rionna Morgan
This is one of those books everyone should read. It helps define who you are as a human, what it means to have human feelings and how to proceed with that strength and weakness. It is beautiful!
Robert Osenenko
Rural life writing from someone who knows the experience cannot be duplicated no matter how many apps they have. A reminder of how important and powerful memoir writing can be.
Maya Angelou autobiography. Wow!!. It shoulds you can excel no matter what valleys and lows you life may have. You can break free.
S.  Dixon, DTR
It's amazing to see the turbulent life Maya started out with and who she has become. Her story gives strength to all who read it.
an interesting insight of a black girl from a poor community and how most black children were raised by their grandparents.
I first read this book my junior year in high school. I have read many of her works all worth the time.
Jeannie Eneh
I've read this world renowned book 7 or 8 times. I will be reading it again during the summer months.
Heather Friedman
Amazing autobiography- To kill a mockingbird from the other side of Segregation.
Rebecca Cripe
Easy to read and Maya Angelou has a artistic way of describing a story.
An amazing piece of writing, I loved every minuite of it.
A timeless classic by one of my favorite writer/poets!
i bet you just cant keep up with the fashionistas
Classic classic classic classic what more can i say
Reading for AM lit class in college.
It was really sad :'( I cried alot
Larry Watson
Nobody tells a story like Maya Angelou.
Do I even need to say. CLASSIC!
Tianna Hubbard
Feb 08, 2012 Tianna Hubbard marked it as to-read
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