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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." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"WHEN I was three and Bailey four, we had arrived in the mustly little town, wearing tags on our wrists which instructed-""To Whom It May Concern""-that we were Marguerite and Bailey Johnson Jr., from Long Beach, California, en route to Stamps, Arkansas, c/o " Read the first page
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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.Read more ›
I really enjoyed this book and the fact that she gave the book a narrative that felt more like a story than a autobiography. She felt like both a character and a real person.
I found some of it to be a little drab at times, including information that went on for a little too long. Some descriptions just dragged.
However, what I'm sure the author is most likely famous for are the memorable and enlightening quotes that she creates through the book that really makes you think. Most of her descriptions are very well done and paint a clear picture. She allows the reader into a life of oppression and struggle that many people wouldn't have been able to be a part of otherwise. She manages to write her story through a very honest yet positive mindset which is admirable and strong. I feel like many people can relate to the book mainly because she doesn't keep parts out that may make her look bad or seem silly. She skips around so that you focus on the biggest aspects of her life.
I felt enthralled by this book, and when it ended I just wanted to read more. I felt like I wanted to read until she was aged and old. It was a very good and insightful book and I would recommend it to others easily.
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