I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou

I was given the collected memoirs of Maya Angelou and this is the first I have read and, as one might expect, the first in the series.

It describes her early life, growing up in the Deep South of the US before moving when a teenager to the West Coast.

It is lyrical, often poetic in style. Striking and unusual images enhance the language, even though the action sometimes plods along a bit. Most interesting for me were the descriptions of racially based discrimination and social division.

I enjoyed reading this but, to be honest, will not rush to the next instalment, though I will come back to her.


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