By Maya Angelou
Here's a ebook as joyous and painful, as mysterious and noteworthy, as youth itself. I recognize Why the Caged chook Sings captures the longing of lonely young ones, the brute insult of bigotry, and the sweetness of phrases that may make the realm correct. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a contemporary American vintage loved worldwide.
despatched via their mom to dwell with their religious, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern city, Maya and her brother, Bailey, undergo the pain of abandonment and the unfairness of the neighborhood “powhitetrash.” At 8 years previous and again at her mother’s aspect in St. Louis, Maya is attacked through a guy again and again her age—and has to reside with the implications for a life-time. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her personal robust spirit, and the information of serious authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will permit her to be unfastened rather than imprisoned.
Poetic and robust, I understand Why the Caged poultry Sings will contact hearts and alter minds for so long as humans read.
“I understand Why the Caged chook Sings liberates the reader into existence just because Maya Angelou confronts her personal lifestyles with the sort of relocating ask yourself, this type of luminous dignity.”—James Baldwin
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