Maya Angelou: “I know why the caged bird sings”

Maya AngelouI finished Maya Angelou’s “I know why the Caged Bird Sings” yesterday. It was interesting, but no more so than any autobiography I’ve read before. I guess part of the reason is because I really can’t relate to the way she grew up.

Don’t get me wrong, I really like Angelou’s poetry, and this book was beautifully written. I was just disappointed. I felt like something was missing. I just don’t know why the caged bird sings yet.

I know… of course there was something missing… something like, the rest of her life story…maybe!

Obviously, this is just a tiny stepping stone in the Maya Angelou story. I can’t help but think the feeling of “wow” I’m looking for will come when I’ve completed her set of books.

I also wonder if what I’m feeling about this first book is indicative of what she wanted us to feel. Maybe she’s walking us through the different stages of her life and at the end of each book, we’ll feel the way she felt at the end of the stage she wrote about.

The woman has sucked me in. If nothing else, I gotta find out how I’ll feel at the end of each book. I gotta find out if I’ll get that “wow” I’m looking for when I complete “Wouldn’t take nothin for my journey now.”

I guess I will have to read her next book. This is probably a build momentum type of situation here. I’ll understand why the caged bird sings when I’m reflecting back on her whole life. I specifically didn’t do too much extra research on her life, because I didn’t want to taint my own thoughts with other’s thoughts.

The best advice I can give you, loyal readers is stay tuned and see what I think when I’m completely finished taking this journey with Angelou.

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