I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Thoughts ikwtcbsbyma by Maya Angelou, Random House Audio 2011 (1970 orig) 10 hours 12 minutes

Narrated by Maya Angelou.

Um, I had thought this book was a book of poetry. Perhaps because all I really thought I knew about Maya Angelou is that she was a poet? I really am not that familiar with her but have no reason not to admire her. This book proves that she is the product of some fabulous female influences and strong personal will to survive horrific and unfortunate experiences.

This is a memoir of her first 18 years. (In case anyone else also thought it was a book of poetry.)

I may not go out of my way to listen to her narrate any other works of literature but having her read her own words was just fine for me.

Rating: Five slices of pie.

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18 thoughts on “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  1. I read it back in the 1970s and thought it was a testament to her will to survive. I can see why you might have thought it was a book of poetry since that’s what she’s been known for the past 30 years or so.

  2. I read the beginning of this book when I was nine (birds! hooray!), quickly self-diagnosed myself as being too young for it, and haven’t picked it up since. But I should give it another try, even knowing how terribly sad it is.

    1. That’s OK. I don’t recall you being one that enjoys memoirs, do you? And I ‘get’ the narration issue. She had pauses and stops that broke the flow, yes?

  3. Add me to the number of people who thought it was a book of poetry, but I like poetry so that hasn’t put me off the book. I just haven’t gotten around to finding a copy. It’s on my mental wish list.

  4. This is such a wonderful book! I loved it when I read it. I want to read her other autobiographies, too. The way she got through those tragic moments in her young life has helped me deal with my own.

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