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Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas (1976)

de Maya Angelou

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Sèrie: Maya Angelou's Autobiographies (3)

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In this third self-contained volume of her autobiography, which began with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou moves into the adult world, and the white world as well, as she marries, enters show business, and tours Europe and Africa in Porgy and Bess. As the book opens, Maya, in order to support herself and her young son, gets a job in a record shop run by a white woman. Suspicious of almost any kindness shown her, she is particularly confused by the special attentions of a young white customer. Soon the relationship grows into love and then marriage, and Maya believes a permanent relationship is finally possible. But it is not to be, and she is again forced to look for work. This time she finds a job as a dancer in a sleazy San Francisco bar. Her remarkable talent, however, soon brings her attention of a different kind, and before long she is singing in one of the most popular nightclubs on the coast. From there, she is called to New York to join the cast of Porgy and Bess, which is just about to begin another tour abroad. The troupe's joyous and dramatic adventure through Italy, France, Greece, Yugoslavia, and Egypt becomes the centerpiece of Singin' and Swingin'. This remarkable portrayal of one of the most exciting and talented casts ever put together, and of the encounters between these larger-than-life personalities and audiences who had rarely seen black people before, makes a hilarious and poignant story. The excitement of the journey -- full of camaraderie, love affairs, and memorable personalities -- is dampened only by Maya's nagging guilt that she has once again abandoned the person she loves most in life, her son. Back home, and driven close to suicide by her guilt and concern, she takes her son with her to Hawaii, where she discovers that devotion and love, in spite of forced absence, have the power to heal and sustain. As always, Maya Angelou's writing is charged with that remarkable sense of life and love and unique celebration of the human condition that have won her such a loyal following. From the Hardcover edition.… (més)
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  OakGrove-KFA | Mar 28, 2020 |
The third book in the late Maya Angelou's autobiographical series. It is really amazing how much has happened in this woman's life. And, how, just when Angelou is down on her luck, an amazing opportunity always comes up. Her life is certainly a roller coaster ride thus far. This installment covers her brief first marriage (a failure -- Angelou is a derivation, a change suggested by her voice coach, from her married name of Angelos) , her job as a dancer at a strip joint and after she is fired, her friends help her get a job elsewhere as a calypso singer, and then how she falls in the role of being in the cast of Porgy and Bess, and traveling Europe as a result. There is no doubt that Angelou is always working hard, and I'm sure she would say that luck had nothing to do with it, but it is interesting to see how she is clearly on her way to fame instead of just disappearing into the cracks like so many women who find themselves a single mother at age 16 and the like. Angelou does not take things meekly. She does acknowledge that her struggle to support her son financially comes at a cost.

In this, her third book, we still have not found out how she becomes a writer and poet, which is how most of us know her today. Angelou remains thoughtful and observant about situations surrounding her -- race relations, for instance. Her autobiographies so far do not take on a "tell-all" tone, or worse, an attempt to get back to everyone who wronged her in life. I look forward to continuing in this autobiographical series. ( )
  ValerieAndBooks | Mar 24, 2015 |
Another installment in Maya Angelou's series of autobiographical works, this installment chronicles Angelou's first steps into show business and fame, as well as further discoveries and adventures in her personal relationships. Though it may be a step less emotional and dramatic than the two earlier works in her series, it is just as poetic and telling. Readers of her earlier works will find it a worthwhile read, and a fast one.

Recommended. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Apr 27, 2014 |
I thought that this was the second book in her six-book autobiographical series, but it's actually number three. I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. This book wasn't nearly as funny; however, she shared some interesting and colorful stories! Overall, it's an enjoyable read. ( )
  silva_44 | Dec 4, 2012 |
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In this third self-contained volume of her autobiography, which began with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou moves into the adult world, and the white world as well, as she marries, enters show business, and tours Europe and Africa in Porgy and Bess. As the book opens, Maya, in order to support herself and her young son, gets a job in a record shop run by a white woman. Suspicious of almost any kindness shown her, she is particularly confused by the special attentions of a young white customer. Soon the relationship grows into love and then marriage, and Maya believes a permanent relationship is finally possible. But it is not to be, and she is again forced to look for work. This time she finds a job as a dancer in a sleazy San Francisco bar. Her remarkable talent, however, soon brings her attention of a different kind, and before long she is singing in one of the most popular nightclubs on the coast. From there, she is called to New York to join the cast of Porgy and Bess, which is just about to begin another tour abroad. The troupe's joyous and dramatic adventure through Italy, France, Greece, Yugoslavia, and Egypt becomes the centerpiece of Singin' and Swingin'. This remarkable portrayal of one of the most exciting and talented casts ever put together, and of the encounters between these larger-than-life personalities and audiences who had rarely seen black people before, makes a hilarious and poignant story. The excitement of the journey -- full of camaraderie, love affairs, and memorable personalities -- is dampened only by Maya's nagging guilt that she has once again abandoned the person she loves most in life, her son. Back home, and driven close to suicide by her guilt and concern, she takes her son with her to Hawaii, where she discovers that devotion and love, in spite of forced absence, have the power to heal and sustain. As always, Maya Angelou's writing is charged with that remarkable sense of life and love and unique celebration of the human condition that have won her such a loyal following. From the Hardcover edition.

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