Maya Angelou racconta cosa voleva dire essere nera nel Sud degli Stati uniti fra anni trenta e quaranta. Lo fa con forza, intelligenza, senso dell'ironia e grande franchezza.
Racconta la propria vita senza falsi pudori e senza costruirsi un'immaginetta olografica.
La lingua segue perfettamente lo stile. Un bell'inglese vario, insaporito di termini gergali.
A book that everyone should read and then reread. This book offers the reader to understand the importance of hope and being optimistic in your life. Such a great book that can be reread over and over again
Saw where Maya Angelou was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom so finally read this book after seeing the movie two years ago. Now I get why people like Oprah Winfrey respect her so much. She shows the ugliness and cruelty in the world right alongside her own faults and vulnerabilities as a black girl growing into a young black woman during some of the most racist times in U.S. history. The chapters and paragraphs move like floetry. Need to give it 10 stars for Maya Angelou's courage and honesty....Continua
This testimony from a black sister marks the beginning of a new era in the minds and hearts and lives of all black men and women....
這本書是美國女詩人及劇作家Maya Angelou的多本自傳之一。本書的書名I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings源自於Paul Laurence Dunbar的"Sympathy"：
I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,-
When he beats his bars and he would be free;
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings -
I know why the caged bird sings!
1. If growing up is painful for the Southern Black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat.
2. Our lives were fated to be different from everyone else's in the world.
在困難的處境下，書中的多位女性例如Maya的祖母、Mrs. Flowers (一位高貴的黑人婦女)及Maya的母親適時地接納Maya並改變了她生命的歷程。
•1. Miss Kirwin was that rare educator who was in love with information. I will always believe that her love of teaching came not so much from her liking for students but from her desire to make sure that some of the things she knew would find repositories so that they could be shared again.
•2. She's stimulating instead of intimidating.
另外書中第100頁Miss Flowers為Maya朗讀A Tale of Two Cities的文字相當迷人：
Her voice slid in and curved down through and over the words. She was nearly singing....