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"A heroic and beautiful book." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer.
"This is the story of a great heroine who knows the meaning of a struggle and never loses her pride or dignity. Indeed, her story makes me proud of the human race." -- John Oliver Killens
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In Gather Together In My Name Maya Angelou continues her stunning autobiography. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, passionate and mellow, she fills the pages with both wisdom and wonder as she brings us along in her struggle and dance through life. "a heroic and beautiful book." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer. "This is the story of a great heroine who knows the meaning of a struggle and never loses her pride or dignity. Indeed, her story makes me proud of the human race." -- John Oliver Killens --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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What I know of Maya Angelou is that she is a celebrated author who has written volumes of poetry and autobiography and that she seems to be a friend and favorite guest of Oprah Winfrey. The woman she is now, from all that I can tell, is a beautiful soul. What I didn't know was the experiences of her life and how she came to be the woman she is. These series of autobiographies tell of Angelou's life and the reality far surpasses anything I could have imagined.
In this volume alone Maya worked as a dancer, a cook (multiple times), a Madam, a waitress, and briefly as a prostitute. The power comes in the how, the why, and in the telling of the story of these jobs and in Maya's raising of her son and interactions with her family, co-workers, false friends, and with men.
Each volume of Maya Angelou's autobiography is fairly slim (this one was 181 pages), but the life she has lived is so fascinating that I would highly recommend reading it (any of them). It will not take up much of your time, but it shows the life of a young woman growing up and living a life uncommon.
"Gather Together in My Name" is an autobiograpghy of Maya Angelou and how she as an independent young teenager girl around 17, struggle her life in San Fran. On her journey she had to find jobs that could support her and her son, Guy. Through her experience as a teenager, she had to deal with racism, looking for jobs, and watching out for dangerous men. Ever since she starts working in resturants, she falls in love with couple of guys and had later dumped her and used her. Some of the men even made her became a prositute so that they can get her money out of her. After getting tricked and get fooled by "pimps," she return to her normal life and through her obstacles and experiences, she realized that she was not just a little girl, but a woman.
The most important scence that really captured me was when Maya met 2 white women in a store in downtown of Arkansas shopping for her clothes. One of the white woman was being rude to her as if Maya was a pet, yelling and screaming with disrespectful manners. The white woman says, "How do you pronoun your name, gal? Speak up!" Maya mentioned,"In that moment I became rootless, nameless, pastless." So Maya decide to talked back and said, "is Miss Johnson. If you have occasion to use my name, which I seriously doubt, I advise you to address me as Miss Johnson. For if I need to allude to your pitiful selves, I shall call you Miss Idiot..."(pg. 76-77) The two white women were speechless. I thought it was a courageous thing to do because Maya stood up and say what she beleived in and nobody could take her rights away from that.Read more ›
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loved this autobiography. this woman lead an interesting and extraordinary life ..I had no idea that she was so diverse. may she RIPPublished 14 months ago by Susan Shepherd
When we are young we are so full of dreams we deceive ourselves into believing what we want to believe.There is a fine line between belief and self-delusion. Read morePublished on June 1 2014 by Corinne
This novel incorporates numerous issues that happened in the life of this African-American woman. In her life she deals with racism in her community, naming, sexual abuse, and... Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2004 by Stephanie Duran
I read "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" last year, and have just completed this one. I'm very glad that I have "Singin' And Swingin' ready to start the minute I finish this... Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2002 by Dee
It is a good book. Maya write about her life and the book is very interesting.Published on March 14 2001 by brenda grant
This book is about a young black woman, who struggles mightily in all turns of life. Skipping around from man to man and job to job, she never finds that lucid light she has... Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2001 by scott
GATHER TOGETHER IN MY NAME, I LOVE MS MAYA ANGELOU GATHER TOGETHER IN MY NAME, I LOVE MS MAYA ANGELOU I'V EVEN SEEN HER RECITE SOME OF THE POEMSCTHAT I JUST LOVE TO HEAR AS WELL... Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2000 by shai
There's no question why children all over the world are advised to read this book. This is the second of Maya Angelou's books that I have read, and I really enjoyed it. Read morePublished on April 17 2000
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