The Year 2018 in Reading 33 Books (The Silver Books)

Reading is one of the benefits that comes with long commutes to and from work. Through the year, I averaged reading slightly more than eight (8) books every three months. On a rating scale of 1-star to 5-stars, Matt with Matt Lynn Digital rated the 33-books read mostly as worthy reads. We shared the nineteen (19) bronze books on Saturday, December 22nd.

The eight (8) books collected into this remembrance of 2018 are ranked as 4.00. Simply follow the links for a fuller review of any particular book. The silver rated books with 4.00 stars in 2018 are shared here:

Find a Way 1(Find A Way by Diana Nyad).

Find A Way by Diana Nyad
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
Can Such Things Be by Ambrose Bierce
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Leonardo da VInci 1(Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson).
The biographical look into Leonardo da Vinci offers a look into the European world at a time when Christopher Columbus of Spain was sailing the Atlantic Ocean and landing in the Caribbean. Ambrose Bierce and Maya Angelou gives us a sense of the emerging American Literature canon of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Caged Bird 1(I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou).
Look for the remaining gold listing of books on Saturday, December 29th.
Matt – Wednesday, December 26, 2018.

Maya Angelou knew why the caged bird sang, and it was good

Ninety years and eight days ago, Maya Angelou was born to parents that would divorce three years later. Forty-one years later, the autobiographical fiction book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was published in 1969. It is on the occasion of Angelou‘s birth that I choose to review my experience of having read the book.

Caged Bird 2(Maya Angelou)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings gets into Angelou’s the harsh reality of growing up to the age of 17 as a black female in the racist America of the 1930s and 1940s. The book gets into difficult assaults on the main characters of Maya and her brother Bailey as they are shuttled between households across the country, suffering brutal attacks on personal dignity, racial and gender identity, ownership of innocence and the right to say yes or no AS CHILDREN in matters of intimate physical contact, and much more.

Caged Bird 3(Angelou‘s poem I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings)

The emotional and visceral feelings of consternation raised by the cruel and severe treatment of Maya and Bailey as children are unmistakable, autobiographical, and in raising commentary about the injustice and then later ramifications are unmistakable. In underscoring these indignities as well as the importance of family, fair racial treatment, and the longing for a less-trying background, the narrative structure not only exemplifies the reality yet drives home a notion that the human spirit still can flourish in the presence of events that would embitter people of lesser quality.

Caged Bird 4(A Kathy Coleman Jones poem inspired by Maya Angelou)

In the novel, the character Maya learns in her teenage years while living in San Francisco that consolation for grief from the past can be overcome. The transformation of Maya is the maturity and insight gained by self-love and the insight of friends that the character Maya finds within the pages of books. Maya professes a love for literature in general and classic writers and William Shakspeare specifically. Over the course of the work, the beauty that shows itself is the overcoming of the cages of racism, rape, an inconsistent family life, and other challenges in coming to the realization of choosing love, expression, deeper feelings. Maya the character frees her feelings to sing of the beauty she sees for herself and in others to move from the shackles of a cruel upbringing to the joyful singing of beauty, love, and depth.

Caged Bird 5(Maya Angelou)

In the reading of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, I felt the sting of suffering with the characters of Maya and Bailey. I felt the confusion of adolescence with these two, as well as the longing for stability of consistent family, place, and justice. The humanity growth of Maya’s choosing love, literature, and the higher callings of our human family were redeemed, for a book from 1969, worked for me. It is for these reasons that the book rates 4.0-starts-out-of-five.

Matt – Thursday, April 12, 2018