The Heart of a Woman

I felt that Maya Angelou in “The Heart of a WomanThe Heart of a Woman” has indeed opened her heart to the reader. She seems to be honestly revealing her feelings without any fear of being judged. I don’t know how do people like her are able to write an autobiography with such honesty. I don’t think I can do that. Hence, she has won my admiration. I plan to read rest of the series of her autobiography eventually.

This is the first time I read about struggle against racism from an activist’s perspective. It’s fascinating. Also, it’s amusing to learn about the expectations of an African husband, Vusumji Make. It sounds same as Indian husbands especially during that era. It’s inconceivable to know that Dr. Angelou’s had to sit through the palaver to find out if she was right to leave her husband or not. Above all, her dynamic, enterprising and versatile personality has left in awe.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Uncle Tom’s CabinUncle Tom's Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe is a classic indeed. It’s a touching story about slavery that will bring tears to your eyes. There’s so much to learn from this story but there’s one quote that touched my heart, “it is impossible for a person who does no good not to do harm.”

When I read about Topsy’s character, I wondered how to make her behave well. I imagined that if it would be my task to make a lady out of Topsy, I would give up. Then, I was impressed by the way Evangeline handled the matter and made such a difference to Topsy. I learnt a great deal from this incident.