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3.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 5 3.95 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maya Angelou Narrator: Maya Angelou Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2002 ISBN: 9780553755763
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The culmination of a unique achievement in modern American literature: the six volumes of autobiography that began more than thirty years ago with the appearance of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

A Song Flung up to Heavenopens as Maya Angelou returns from Africa to the United States to work with Malcolm X. But first she has to journey to California to be reunited with her mother and brother. No sooner does she arrive there than she learns that Malcolm X has been assassinated.

Devastated, she tries to put her life back together, working on the stage in local theaters and even conducting a door-to-door survey in Watts. Then Watts explodes in violence, a riot she describes firsthand.

Subsequently, on a trip to New York, she meets Martin Luther King, Jr., who asks her to become his coordinator in the North, and she visits black churches all over America to help support King’s Poor People’s March.

But once again tragedy strikes. King is assassinated, and this time Angelou completely withdraws from the world, unable to deal with this horrible event. Finally, James Baldwin forces her out of isolation and insists that she accompany him to a dinner party—where the idea for writing I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is born. In fact, A Song Flung up to Heaven ends as Maya Angelou begins to write the first sentences of Caged Bird.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 2/17/2014

    " Maya Angelou's mother used to say, "Keep your eyes on the road, your hand on the plow, your finger in the dike, your shoulder to the wheel, and push like hell." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbe | 2/6/2014

    " The last of Angelou's biographical memoirs. I didn't always like what she was doing but I admire her resilience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanie | 2/5/2014

    " Not as gripping as her earlier years, but still interesting to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/26/2014

    " I think I liked each volume of Maya Angelou's autobiographies better than the previous, maybe because I grew to like Angelou better in each volume. Not to say that I didn't like her in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, but just that her growth as a woman and a writer is clear in each succeeding volume. She shows a wonderful ability to capture her voice from each period in her life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erotic Horizon | 1/25/2014

    " A Song Flung Up to Heaven by Maya Angelou (2003) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria Law | 1/21/2014

    " Not as rich and detailed as her previous biographies...I felt like it rushed along to the conclusion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Seltenright | 1/16/2014

    " Maya Angelou is a wonderful, inspirational writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aphiwe | 12/9/2013

    " Brilliantly writen and an aamazing read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/9/2013

    " I hadn't read any of Maya Angelou's previous autobiographies; just her poetry. I found this book incredibly interesting as she expressed her views of the turbulent times in the racial uprisings of the 60's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kewannah | 12/8/2013

    " I love Maya Angelou but found this book awkward and stilted. It jumped around without a clear direction just like she jotted some book ideas down on a piece of paper and fleshed out the stories without a real narrative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jae | 11/28/2013

    " So it appears I did not read the books in order. I wanted a bit more, but perhaps reading all the others would help "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sadie | 9/19/2013

    " Her entire autobiographical work is amazing. An incredible woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 9/12/2013

    " I want to have her awesome amazing crazy life! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 6/13/2013

    " Listened to it on tape while working. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Wells | 6/6/2013

    " Maya Angelou participated in the most horrific, yet most compelling time in American History. In this excerpt of her life bio she talks about the time of her friend Malcolm X, the attitudes towards black all over America, and the LA riots in Watts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Huma Rashid | 6/4/2013

    " Absolutely gorgeous. There are no other words. I jotted down some of my thoughts and favorite quotes here at my book journal , but they're just bits and pieces and fragments of the beauty, the heaviness, and the significance of this short book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 4/2/2013

    " Maya Angelou has lead such an interesting life. I'm kind of sad this is the end of her autobiographies. I look forward to reading some of her other works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kwesi Brookins | 12/25/2012

    " The book is most interesting in it's narrative about the connections to other people in her life, from family members to James Baldwin. Other than that, it is at best, a quaint biography. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 12/1/2012

    " I wish I had realized it was the 6th book in her autobiographical series, but it was still a great read, and a great glimpse into a few pivotal moments of the 60's. Love Maya Angelou! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Desi | 8/25/2012

    " This is my favourite of the six autobiographies. The words are as a song, and it read as though I could hear her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie (julie37619) | 8/17/2012

    " I wasn't as impressed as I had expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Khethukulunga msibi | 5/20/2012

    " the pages literally turned on their own. I did cling to every word!Finished this book in 2 hours. Love it Love it Love it! "

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About the Author
Author Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (1928–2014) was a singer, actress, dancer, activist, filmmaker, writer, and mother. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies she wrote several volumes of poetry, including “On the Pulse of the Morning” for the inauguration of President Clinton. She was given a lifetime appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, and in 2010 President Barack Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.