I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the autobiographical account of Maya “Marguerite” Angelou‘s life as a young, black girl in America. The novel delves into her troublesome young life filled with childhood rape, racism, and her own sexuality.
I really don’t want to tell you her stories and her life in this review, that’s what the novel is for, I just want to tell you how poignant and revealing the writing is. Angelou is such a famous author, I found myself clawing to finally read something of hers. I had no idea how horrible her hardships would be or the kinds of things I take for granted in my life that she had need to struggle with and fight against and for. She is an incredibly strong woman and her autobiography reads so genuine and down to earth.
There were many uncomfortable portrayals, but I think that was due to the truth behind them. Her life was not always beautiful but she persevered. Angelou made due and she survived. I have a newfound appreciation for her and her path in life. If you have never read anything by Maya Angelou, this is where you should start. It brings her poetry into sharp review. I loved it, even though it was emotionally hard to read.