The Seventh Witch eMuch there as part of daily life and the book is very much about what it is to be a black woman in the 1940s There is a note of hope at thend I had no idea what I was going to make of my life but I had given a promise and found my innocence I swore I d never lose it again I know many readers and critics don t rate this as highly as I Know why the Caged Bird Sings but I do because of Angelou s honesty and passion My goodness I adore this phenomenal woman These autobiographies by Maya Angelou are the best definition of a page turner in my book Gather Together in My Name is volume no 2 of the series and I And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake enjoyedvery bit of it Maya Angelou s prose game is ah mazing and I believe it s the poet in her that forces such a beautiful choice of words Aside from the beautiful language she has this Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America easy charming approach which keeps you hooked and hungry for This attractive formula always works for me and guarantees my love for a bookThe story of her life Never a dull moment It s a roller coaster with all the melodrama she s been through in such a little age It goes on and gets darker Rita that s short for Marguerite is now 17 years old with her baby boy post WWII I ll admit that her history with prostitution shocked me She puts herself out there naked sans sugarcoating to the publicye without being afraid of judgment
without losing her hilarious touch but that s her style xtremely truthful with a pinch of humor She s blunt unapologetic and that s why I adore her Maya Angelou s Autobiographies 1 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings2 Gather Together in My Name3 Singin and Swingin and Gettin Merry Like Christmas4 The Heart of a Woman5 All God s Children Need Traveling Shoes6 A Song Flung Up to Heaven I njoyed this than Angelou s first memoir which won t be a surprise to anyone who knows my tastes because in this book she s a teenageryoung adult while in the first she was a child Adults make for active protagonists while children are passive So I Enjoyed The Content And Therefore I njoyed the content and therefore the writing It s a short uick read and kept me ngaged though as in the first book vents sometimes seem disconnected from Obsession each other and Angelou s tone can be so wry and detached that it s hard to tell how thevents of her life affected her when she does write about her feelings there s often a sense of amusement behind it I wanted a little Cabaret: A Roman Riddle especially since some of thevents are so outlandish they re hard to believe a naive teenager stumbles into opening a brothel and pressuring a couple of part time hookers into staffing it Whaaaaat Clearly creative license is being taken hence all that dialogue that moves the story along so uickly and I wonder just how much But regardless this is an njoyable book with a strong voice and a fresh perspective Dr Angelou has a way of beating you up that makes you thankful for getting that ass whupped Gather together in my name the religious overtones guide the reader into a false sense of security before the late great Dr "Angelou drops an anvil on your head This brief little glimpse "drops an anvil on your head This brief little glimpse the life of a very young woman between the ages of seventeen and twenty this twinkle of an ye to keep up with the religious tone is hell on arth for this young woman A cook a chef a pimp and a prostitute She came close to serving her country but the country was too stupidly fearful of an idea to allow her in She was armed solely with her intelligence And she d put up with just about anything till someone regarded her as a dummy Then a young Dr Angelou Mother Angelou the conscience of America hemmed the fools up Hot tempered sharp as a needle charming and a victim of a world that simply wasn t ready for her she persevered and sought what we all do Love Like her others Gather is an incredible book One that regards her own past not with bitterness but with grace Dignity Poise And the wherewithal to tell the truth in the midst of it all 3 years of this young woman s life Absolutely incredibl. 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 Kille.
and without losing her hilarious touch but that s her style xtremely truthful with a pinch of humor She s
Maya Angelou ↠ 7 charactersThis is the darkest in Maya Angelou s anthology and one I hadn t read before so I was shocked When She Came To The she came to the of prostitution and actually jumped So many times in the book particularly when she s nearly nlisted in the Army I thought I didn t know she was a soldier and then found out what happened So when it came to her sleazy older boyfriend saying he needed some help crawling out of a financial mess I thought she would somehow wake up from the nightmare Even when she was naked and facing her first customer I waited for that moment when she d run downstairs and outside She did notShe describes both running a whorehouse and working as a whore with unflinching directness Although when you think of the Maya Angelou we all know now it s hard to picture her being duped by the sleazeball characters it only makes me admire what this woman has built of her life She is so incredibly independent that All Roads Lead Home each of her adventures reads like a racy novel Her life is melodrama Luckily for us she doesn t write it that wayThis is the school of hard knocks and Ms Angelou describes it all Her meandering through jobs and men is sometimes so painful that I had to think She s Maya Angelou She s going to be okay There are passages that leave you thinking Our poet laureate went through this And wrote about it Her life and writing is a bravura performance I can t think of anyonelse in her categoryI only gave this one less star because to me this book felt like part of the greater work that perhaps needed a book in front or behind to make it feel like a complete work Take that with a grain of salt I know all her work
could refer back and so perhaps it just felt that way to me because I have the whole picture Like verything she writes this book is not just a great piece of literature and a wonderful read it s part of American history that you shouldn t miss rough patches and allAs usual through her ups and downs she is one class act I love this woman with all my heart Her writing style her way of crafting a story her life This volume was a bit sadder than the previous ones but what a great read I read I know why the caged bird sings a long while ago and Maya Angelou told her remarkable life story This follows on and it s ually well writtenIn this book she s a teen mum living initially in SFO She finds work as a cook falls in love and it doesn t work out and heads for LA before a diversion to San Diego and Oklahoma She takes short term jobs cooking and waitressing to help her raise her son Somewhere in this story she at 18 runs a brothel The blurb tells you she dabbles in drugs and in Oakland she dabbled in prostitution before her brother brings her to her senses She also falls in love left right and centre but all are bad newsThe story is again remarkable and very well written If anything shocked me it was her leaving her son with virtual strangers for long periods of time whilst "she worked I guess times and communities have changed at least they have in my xperience and now we don "worked I guess times and communities have changed at least they have in my xperience and now we don have mamas who take in people s kids and virtually raise them with the mother visiting on her day off I liked seeing this reflection back to the past For where two or three are gathered together in my name there am I in the midst of them Matthew 1820This is a continuation of Maya Angelou s autobiography the first volume of which is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings I read that last year and was once again cast under the spell of her writing reading this second volume As this begins it is shortly after the The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis end of WW II and Maya has her infant son she is only sixteen years old and must find a way to create a life for the two of them At that point in time illegitimacy would have been a difficult thing for the majority of people to acceptspecially in polite society The atmosphere in the country had changed drastically when the men went off to war but changed ven when the men came home Black men from the South who had he. In Gather Together In My Name Maya Angelou continues her stunning autobiography By turns hilarious and heartbreaking passionate and mellow she fills the pages. Ld no tools complicated than plows had learned to use lathes and borers and welding guns and had brought in their uotas of war making machines Women who had only known maid s uniforms and mammy made dresses donned the awkward men s pants and steel helmets and made the ship fitting sheds hum some buddy Even the children had collected paper and at the advice of lders who remembered World War I balled the tin foil from cigarettes and chewing gum into balls as big as your head Oh it was a time The mood verywhere seemed to take a positive swing and "they all waited for the good times they xpected to follow "all waited for the good times they Just Cause expected to follow parades and music reflected the celebratory atmosphere at least for a while Theirxpanded understanding could never again be accordioned into these narrow confines They were free or at least nearer to freedom than ver before and they would not go back There s so much territory that is covered here that it s hard to believe that this only covers about three years of her life but it s an important three years if not always pretty It doesn t have to be because in reading this you are ven aware of how she herself was filled with beauty A seuel to Maya Angelou s autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings this book begins when Marguerite is in her late teens Her beautifully written prose describes the heartwrenching mistakes that she makes in her life decisions as a result of her risk taking and daring personalityMy scale since the speed of my reading is directly proportional to how well I like the book1 couldn t get through it2 actually got through it but it took months3 read it fairly consistently on the train took a couple of months4 felt compelled to read it while on vacation andor took about a month5 read it before bed very night two weeks or less Wow I usually struggle with memoirs but this was a read that will stick around in my head for a long time This is the second volume of Maya Angelou s autobiography and covers four years from 1944 to 1948 nding when Angelou was 21 It covers a period pre civil rights and just after the war Angelou was remarkably resourceful in relation to the things she turned her hand to andAnd Could Refer Back And
"Did Well She Cooked And "well She cooked and in a number of stablishments managed a restaurant sold clothes learned to dance to become a professional dancer ran a brothel worked in a brothel her pimp or daddy was an Episcopalian preacher and almost joined the army All this whilst being a single mother Angelou is remarkably open and honest clear about her mistakes as she said herself I wrote about my xperiences because I thought too many people tell young folks I never did anything wrong Who Moi never I I have no skeletons in my closet In fact I have no closet They lie like that and then young people find themselves in situations and they think Damn I must be a pretty bad guy My mom or dad never did anything wrong They can t forgive themselves and go on with their lives So I wrote the book Gather Together in My Name What is obvious throughout is Angelou s strength of character and resilience and it is written with great clarity and passion The importance of family is central as in the first volume and we see vignettes of Angelou s mother brother and grandmother and what bound them together was stronger than what tried to pull them apartAt the nd of the volume is a brief look at the world of drug addiction and the degradation and horror of it made a deep impression on Angelou A man she was working with at the time had given her a glimpse of the world he inhabited The life of the underworld was truly a rat race and most of its inhabitants scurried like rodents in the sewers and gutters of the world I had walked the precipice and seen it all and at the critical moment one man s generosity pushed me safely away from the dge Angelou said that writing this book was very difficult and painful it is fragmentary than I Know why the Caged Bird Sings Race and racism is still very. 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. .