I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings ( Maya Angelou )

Angela's Book Reviews

Maya’s storytelling style appeals to the child in each and every one of us. Her writing is vivid, clear and lucid. Her precise descriptions of sights and sounds are wonderful. It is heartbreaking that at only eight years old, she is brutally raped by her mother’s lover. And so begins the most beautiful song in the world of the journey that takes her from tragedy to triumph. From a very tender age, Maya internalises harmful racist imagery. She looks forward to the day when she will wake from her black ugly dream and her hair which would be long and blond would take the place of the kinky moss that Momma (grandmother) wouldn’t let her straighten. “My light blue eyes were going to hypnotise them”. (4) Yet in reality, white people who lived on the other side of town, were not real were not even people. (23).

However, it is…

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