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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
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it was amazing

This is one of those books that makes me wonder why I haven't read it before. This might be a popular classic but coming from a different country than the US, I encountered Maya Angelou quite recently in my life. It made me remember the impact that "To kill a Mocking bird" caused in me. I guess I wouldn't be able to tell which one is my favorite.

Angelou tells us about her early life, dating from she was barely 3 years old until the end of her teen years. The truth can be cruel, but it is the truth and we see through her eyes the injustice of this world. It amazed me how the early 30s and 40s in the US seems like a different unknown world. Racism against black people was significantly present in these years to a level that is hard to believe (although, unfortunately, racism is still a giant issue in many countries, including mine).

Getting to understand it from the perspective of a little girl is different. Trying to assimilate that a rape situation is not invented or part of the fictional story but part of the biography is hard on the soul. Angelou's writing and storytelling is powerful. This is one of those books where you can savor word by word and cherish English writing. I just wished I had read it earlier. If you haven't yet, then you are missing a big classic.

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Reading Progress

January 22, 2015 – Shelved (Paperback Edition)
January 22, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read (Paperback Edition)
December 10, 2019 – Started Reading
December 10, 2019 – Shelved
December 20, 2019 – Finished Reading

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