Monday, August 15, 2011

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

This first in Maya Angelou's series of autobiographies has achieved an iconic status. This nook has been sitting on my shelf for a while and in my preparation for banned book week and in light of my anger at books being banned I picked it up to read. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a book about growing up with poverty, racism, child abuse, and disadvantage in pre-civil rights America. But it is also about striving for splendor and happiness even in when faced with overwhelming tribulations. The book proves that oppression isn't the sum of a person’s existence, but something that affects each and every experience.

5 Stars and so glad to have read it again.

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