February Classic Meme Question

Saturday, February 2, 2013


“What classic has most surprised you so far, and why?”

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, I thought it was going to be incredible dark and depressing, which I why I put off reading it for so long. Instead I was thrilled to discover a story of hope and overcoming obstacles. It was a wonderful reminder that the things we go through do not determine who we are. The way we react to them determines that.  

9 comments:

Care said...

I don't know anything about IKWtCBS but I thought it was poetry?

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Me too! No it isn't poetry, it's her memoir of her childhood and it's told in a really accessible way.

Whitney said...

I read I this book in high school and remember loving it. Maya Angelou has a beautiful way with words.

Bybee said...

I haven't read this book in years, but parts of it still stick in my mind. I'd read it again in a heartbeat.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Whitney - You can definitely tell she's a poet, but it's not inaccessibly dense or flowery.

Bybee - Me too, I know I'll return to this one in the future.

Patty said...

I was in the same situation as you, dreading to read this work by Angelou. Now, at least, I'll the courage to read it sooner rather than later!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Patty - You definitely should! This morning I just found out she will be speaking in my city next month. I'm so excited!

Sarah said...

I can't believe I've never read this book! And I'm pretty sure I own a copy... maybe I'll sneak it onto my list at some point :-)

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Sarah - You should! I really loved it and I know I'll return to it.

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