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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

olivia_holmes's review

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dark reflective fast-paced

3.0

tamtam4604's review

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dark emotional medium-paced

3.0

hollyatree's review against another edition

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challenging inspiring reflective slow-paced

3.5


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emeraldgarnet's review against another edition

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4.0

Well written with a good plot and a properly considered structure.

roxnn2000's review

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5.0

I really enjoyed this book despite some hesitation when forced to read it in school. I found the book to be very engaging and honest about her life and made me really understand everything she went through and how she felt growing up being treated like an outcast.

addiekmartin's review

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challenging dark emotional funny hopeful informative inspiring lighthearted reflective sad medium-paced

5.0


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dreaming_ace's review against another edition

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5.0

This is a classic which I am glad I read. It does not read like an autobiography because it has such an interesting cast of characters. It is amazing how wise some are as children.

outoftheblue14's review against another edition

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3.0

Bellissimo e terribile. Il racconto di un'infanzia da bambina nera tra l'Arkansas e la California durante gli anni Trenta e Quaranta.

caitlinpurdy4's review

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adventurous emotional hopeful informative inspiring medium-paced

4.25

mitskacir's review

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5.0

Angelou writes about herself as if writing fondly about a younger sister. Her outlook on life is at times piercing and acerbic, calling out the racism and inequity she experienced in her youth, and at other times shockingly generous, applying humor to even some of the most horrendous of her experiences. This was certainly a book about hard, difficult things happening to people often because of their skin color or gender, but was also uplifting, funny, hopeful, and realistic. I have never read any of Angelou's poetry before, so I'm not sure if it carries the same tone as her prose (or the same variety of tone I suppose). This book surprised me, and I am looking forward to reading more of her autobiography.