- Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
- Verlag: Ballantine Books; Auflage: Reissue (21. April 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0345514408
- ISBN-13: 978-0345514400
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 2,1 x 17,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 130 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.019 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 21. April 2009
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In this first of five volumes of autobiography, poet Maya Angelou recounts a youth filled with disappointment, frustration, tragedy, and finally hard-won independence. Sent at a young age to live with her grandmother in Arkansas, Angelou learned a great deal from this exceptional woman and the tightly knit black community there. These very lessons carried her throughout the hardships she endured later in life, including a tragic occurrence while visiting her mother in St. Louis and her formative years spent in California--where an unwanted pregnancy changed her life forever. Marvelously told, with Angelou's "gift for language and observation," this "remarkable autobiography by an equally remarkable black woman from Arkansas captures, indelibly, a world of which most Americans are shamefully ignorant." -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.”—James Baldwin
From the Hardcover edition.
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I don't particularly feel the need to defend its merits. (I am not articulate enough to do justice to that task.) As with any book, some will love it and some won't. Guaranteed, it will make you uncomfortable at times, because one chapter describes the rape of a young person--which is painful for any compassionate human being to hear. Plus, there are other sexual issues, largely stemming from the earlier assault, but also because she is a teenager in the last phase of the book. Such questions about love and sex are characteristic of the teenage years. Many young people, as well as adults, are confused about such topics. While these are generally the most controversial segments from the book, the fundamental lesson of the book goes far beyond the survival of one victim. I won't supply you with the answers as to what one should take away from the text. It is a personal experience for each of us.
We can all learn from Maya's honest account of her childhood journey. We can all try on her experiences and live vicariously through her for a while, and see how it changes our own perspective on what it means to be a human being.
I'll be the first to admit, this book is a challenge for all my students in one way or another. Some because they are white and live in the northern US. Some because they are male and it's difficult to view life through a woman's eyes. Some because of the adult vocabulary and extensive use of figurative language. Some of these experiences are so remote from their own, while others are very close to home.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
Als dieses Buch 1969 erschien, war es eine Sensation, ein bahnbrechendes Zeugnis direkt aus der afroamerikanischen Community heraus. Auch heute noch ist diese Biografie lesenswert. Die Lektüre macht deutlich, wieviel die Bürgerrechtsbewegung seit damals geschafft hat, aber auch, wieviel es noch zu tun gibt. Danke an die Autorin, die Menschen eine Stimme gibt, die normalerweise selten zu hören sind.
"For the first semester, I was one of three black students in the school, and in that rarefied atmosphere I came to love my people more. Mornings as the streetcar traversed my ghetto I experienced a mixture of dread and trauma. I knew that all too soon we would be out of my familiar setting, and Blacks who were on the streetcar when I got on would all be gone and I alone would face forty blocks of neat streets, smooth lawns, white houses, and rich children." As a white female reader, I found Maya Angelou's views very interesting and different from what I had expected. Her point of view helped me to understand her and her feelings even more deeply than I already did. It also helped me to understand the contrast between the races at the time.
"I guess it ain't your fault if Uncle Atticus is a n----r-lover besides, but I'm here to tell you it certainly does mortify the rest of the family-" says one of the white main character's cousins in To Kill A Mockingbird.
Both books portray racism in America in the earlier part of the twentieth century and the great similarities and differences between the two races. One of the similarities in I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and To Kill A Mockingbird was religion. Religion was a very large factor in both a white and black person's life in the two books. However, while religion was important to the different races, it was for very different reasons.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
The author died this year (2014) and I bought this for my husband.
He liked it and asked me to get more of her work for him. Of course I will read the books again, also. Lovely, simple prose.
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I will urge everyone who in interested in knowing the life of African-Americans in the early days of the 20th century to get this book and read. Lesen Sie weiter...Vor 10 Monaten von ATO veröffentlicht
I thought this book was a really boring read unfortunately. I didnt really understand the point of the story - and found myself skimming towards the end.Vor 17 Monaten von LB veröffentlicht
Of course Maya Angelou is a brilliant writer and her death last year is a big loss. I didn't enjoy the subject matter. Lesen Sie weiter...Vor 18 Monaten von donna haenggi veröffentlicht
This book was so interesting. I think it was well-written and gave an accurate picture of racism in the US.Vor 21 Monaten von Linda O veröffentlicht
Eines Tages fängt sie einen anderen Schwarzen an der nächsten Ecke ab und begrüßt ihn mit den Worten:
"Would you like to have sexual intercourse... Lesen Sie weiter...
Es ist ein hervorragend und authentisch geschriebenes Buch. Mir wurde bewusst, vor allem emotional, was es bedeutet, als "negroe" (sie verwendet dieses Wort häufig),... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 26. Dezember 2013 von Renate Brandes
As a German university student I've been introduced to the American South via a class. Amazon recommended Maya Angelou to me and I bought the book since it sounded interesting. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 15. April 2010 von Spartan Liz
Hi, my name is John Rocker and I just love Maya Angelou books. I remember this one time when I was at the Million Man March as a young African-American and Maya approached me to... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 31. Juli 2000 von John Rocker
My high-school English teacher had this on her list of required reading for her senior class, and as a result, I didn't read it until after I had graduated from college. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 29. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht