I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the first of seven books that make up Maya Angelou's autobiography. The whole book covers just from her childhood to young adulthood, so with this, Angelou has had the space to recount her life it in depth and detail.
I must say, it took me a while to figure out how I felt about this book. It isn't easy to read a whole novel on just someone's childhood, and I found myself having to really push to finish it. It is not an uplifting read, as Angelou's childhood was not easy. It is just in her writing which the beauty of this novel came through.
Maya Angelou writes with such a poetic voice that her writing is enjoyable to read, but I found it hard to stay interested with the content. This is kind of difficult to say as I feel like I should be fascinated by the childhood of such an important icon, which I am, I just struggled to get through a whole, quite dense, book about it it. Thus, why I am so torn. In saying that, this is still a worthwhile and important read if you are interested in Maya Angelou's life.