Even The Stars Look Lonesomeby Published 01 Jan 1970
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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
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.
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."
(Read 6/2009) "Wouldn't Take Nothing for my Journey Now" and "Even the Stars Look Lonesome" by Maya Angelou. These two works are not part of the autobiographical series (six books) that begins with "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." The two books I am discussing here are more like a collection of small vignettes which discuss various topics.
The wonderful thing about these two works and the later book of the same style, "Letter to my Daughter," is that they are chock full of sage advice and that they examine the human condition. I think that is what I personally love about Maya Angelou, she unabashedly and without any sense of shame or shyness lays out her experiences in life and has something everybody can relate to on the human level. One of the most amazing things about being a human being is that we can reflect on our experiences and learn from them and learn from the lives of others. We, as people, do not just exist moment to moment in a basic way like other species do.
The books cover so many topics, that I think it best perhaps to just list a few of them to give you a general idea of the types of things she discusses:
House vs. Home
Sensuality and Sexuality
Being a Woman
How to Live Well
The Power of Faith and Spirituality
These two books, like so many of her other published pieces, make on feel as if they are receiving sage advice, wisdom, and a sense of peace via conversations with a dear and beloved friend.
A journey so exceptional that all it can give you is a ride of pain and pleasure accompanied with awe !
It's the first book that I have ever read of Maya Angelou. It's so honest and yet so poetic ! All I want to do next is read her autobiographies.
Her writing is so to the point, yet so radical at times. I love the way she looks at immortal things and the way she describes the mortals.
The truth of the brutalities held against a whole race is quite stirring, but at the same time Maya's take on pain and history is equally intriguing.
My favourite emotion from this book is that of courage. How for three consecutive centuries they (the race) survived and struggled hard to fight for their rights and their culture and the truth. How they did not yield to the painful history neither to the blurred future. How they kept on going with all the miseries, but with hearts filled with hopes till the rim.