In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother's lover.
"I write about being a Black American woman, however, I am always talking about what it's like to be a human being. This is how we are, what makes us laugh, and this is how we fall and how we somehow, amazingly, stand up again." (Maya Angelou)
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Von A. Vaz-könig Am hilfreichsten 29.11.2017
wonderful voice and expression leaves me fascinated
it took me a while to get used to her voice and being able to understand every word. however there came a point when it felt I was diving into her world, her story, her feelings. she is an amazing storyteller. her view and expression for her inside world and her capacity to describe what I thought could only be felt but never be put into words left me in wonder. at the same time her tellings are a political and historical account of the 40ies in the US and opened my eyes to many aspects of life as Afroamerican that were moving to me.