Maya Angelou – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Audiobooktext
Anemblematic figure of African-American literature, Maya Angelou, whose real name is Marguerite Johnson, has recounted the exceptional journey that was her life in several volumes.
Published in 1969, I Know Why Sing the Caged Bird is her first autoiography in which she explores subjects specific topost-slavery Americaduring the 1930s and 1940s. While servitude is abolished, racial segregation, inequality and lack of freedom are still in common use. Maya Angelou – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Audiobook.
In this story Maya Angelou recounts her childhood since the age of 3, when, their parents having to divorce, she is sent with her brother Bailey from Saint Louis where they were born, to Stamps to live with Momma, a big black mother originally southern and ultra religious. She was also the only black in the city with land where white people live and a business while most of the men worked in the cotton fields and the women were cooks or housekeepers.
Constantly tossed between Arkansas and California, the writer highlights certain episodes that have forever marked the life of a little girl and forged her personality. Without any patriarchal presence, several women influenced his career and helped reveal his strength of character and activism. Abandonment, rape, financial crisis, humiliations, the first black woman to attend a private school and work on a streetcar in San Francisco, are all situations that have shaped the vision of this future activist.
In a fine, ironic and revolutionary style, it opens the doors to the collective memory of a people struggling to belong to a nation between the two warswhere racial hatred is still rife and the fight for dignity and equality is delivered every day.
Her hard-hitting and daring words (evidenced by my numerous notes on virtually every chapter) reflect her relentless quest for identity as a black woman, a woman, and as a black woman.
This initiatory novel ends with a Maya, a mother at the age of seventeen, which really makes you want to discover the life of this exceptional woman through her autobiographical novels that followed.
If the title has no explicit meaning throughout the 343 pages, it finds some in the dedication to his son, Guy, and to all those big promising black birds who, in my opinion, sing in their cage (a racist context ), the song of freedom and equality, as in the Black National Anthem, rights that have long been denied to them.