Even The Stars Look Lonesomeby Published 09 Sep 2018
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Even the Stars Look Lonesome is Maya Angelou talking of the things she cares about most. In her unique, spellbinding way, she re-creates intimate personal experiences and gives us her wisdom on a wide variety of subjects. She tells us how a house can both hurt its occupants and heal them. She talks about Africa. She gives us a profile of Oprah. She enlightens us about age and sexuality. She confesses to the problems fame brings and shares with us the indelible lessons she has learned about rage and violence. And she sings the praises of sensuality.
"Even The Stars Look Lonesome" Reviews
I'm not the biggest Maya Angelou fan. I must admit that. I am, however, a fan of deckled edges. What is a deckled edge? A deckled edge is the term used for the technique of making the pages of a book look torn and ragged. I’m not sure why, but I’ve always liked the idea of reading books that look and feel old and worn-out.
To be honest, this was the only reason that I picked up this book. After admiring the edges of the pages for some time, I read a random paragraph on a random page and then decided to read the entire essay. In it, Angelou blames her home for the downfall of her marriage. She insists that the house’s many modern amenities reduced the need for arguments about housework, and subsequently opened the door for arguments about more significant issues.
The essay on her marriage’s breakdown lays the groundwork for other personal experiences, as well as the lessons learned from them. Ranging from faux pas at parties, to estranged ex-husbands, her stories are very personal and yet still approachable. Angelou manages to intertwine her anecdotes with poetry and proverbs, and in doing so, teaches several valuable lessons.
There is, coming from these deckled pages, a feeling that someone much older and much smarter than you is trying to tell you something very important.
This book of short essays shares moments in the life of the renowned poet and author, Maya Angelou.
Ms. Angelou briefly discusses relationships with past lovers and husbands, her son, colleagues, her mother, Oprah Winfrey, and others she encountered throughout her remarkable life.
I read this book during a 19-hour power outage in the midst of the Texas summer heat (and no air conditioner)... mostly by battery-operated light and with the help of sun rays beaming through an uncovered window. This book and that situation helped me appreciate silence and solitude. The final two paragraphs of the final essay, "Even the Stars Look Lonesome" impacted me the most.
Ms. Angelou wrote:
"We need to remember and to teach our children that solitude can be a much-to-be-desired condition. Not only is it acceptable to be alone, at times it is positively to be wished for.
"It is in the interludes between being in company that we talk to ourselves. In the silence we listen to ourselves. Then we ask questions of ourselves. We describe ourselves to ourselves, and in the quietude we may even hear the voice of God."
Starts out sweet and gradually toughens. An interesting series of very personal essays. One hundred and thirty smallish pages of large type, in other words does not take a lot of time to read, but definitely worth the effort.
I actually listened to this as an audiobook while traveling on the plane. I so enjoyed listening to the raw honesty of one of my favorite poets. Maya discusses her marriages, her childhood, Oprah, sensuality vs. sexuality including having sex as you're getting older. Quite easy listening, but something that you will want to take slowly in order to soak up her words of experience.
This is my first Maya Angelou book and I can't wait to read more of her / about her !
Throughout this book , Maya honestly and straight from the heart opens up about her marriages , sensuality , sexuality , children , acquaintances through the years , some events that really marked her life and most importanlty her african roots.
She is known for her smooth and wholesome style of writing and her extremely delicate poems , that's why I did not find it surprising that these short essays are written so beautifully and in an exquisite manner.
What I loved about this book is that I enjoyed reading every page of it and that I was paying attention to every single detail , therefore it felt somehow real , like i'm having a heart-to-heart conversation with my friend .
Maya , I wish I had read your books before , excuse my stupid delay.