I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is an autobiographical novel written by Maya Angelou a writer who played a major role in the African-American civil rights movement, a politic movement of which the aim was to defend the rights of blacks during the apartheid. This movement was symbolized by Martin Luther King.

In this book Maya Angelou, from her real name Marguerite Johnson tells us her childhood where younger she was placed at her grandmother with her brothers because like the majority of the Afro-American family her parents didn’t have enough money to provide their needs. Her grandmother was living in the Arkansas a state in which racism was omnipresent. At the age of seven she goes back to her mother but a tragic event happened to Maya and she returned to her grandmother.

One day Mrs. Bertha Flower an aristocrat introduces the literature to Maya an art which gives her confidence in herself. Good student, Maya is send in a private school in California, she is the only black…

This book only tells us just a part of her life. Despite it I found this book really touching because we learn the story of one of the most emblematic woman during the apartheid. Maya Angelou was such a charismatic woman and when you read her poetry or hear her speeches you don’t think that she may have suffered all of these hardships. This book is a great life lesson, I advise you to read it !

Sarah’s key

Sarah’s key is a novel written by Tatiana de Rosnay published in 2006. It tells the story of Julia Jarmond an American journalist who decided to move in France. She’s married to Bertrand Tezac a French man. In the tribute of the 60th anniversary of the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup the American journal of which she is the correspondent ask her to write an article about this tragic event.
Julia discovered that the apartment of Bertrand’s grandmother was earning to a Jewish family, Sarah’s family.
Sarah was a ten years old Jewish girl who was send with her family to the Velodrome d’Hiver this night she locked her little brother in a secret closet in their apartment thinking that their parents will come back in a few time.
But after Sarah and her family were send to Drancy, a refugee camp and Sarah starts to feeling guilty because of her brother. In Drancy Sarah has been separated from her family and she is found at Auschwitz. She met Rachel and tries to escape with her but someone decided to denounce them and an officer catch them. The officer is someone who Sarah knows and he decided to let them go. The two girls find refuge with a couple but the neighbors decided to call the Nazi police to denounce the young couple but they only found Rachel not Sarah. So Sarah get back to her house.
Fascinated by the story of Sarah, Julia started to forget her husband.

I appreciated this book because contrary to the others book talking about this event, this book isn’t a diary it’s looks like an investigation

Basketball diaries

« You’re growing up. And rain sort of remains on the branches of a tree that will someday rule the Earth. And it’s good that there is rain. It clears the month of your sorry rainbow expressions, and it clears the streets of the silent armies…
so we can dance. »

Basketball diarie is a film inspired from the autobiographical book of Jim Carroll.

It tells the story of Jim, a thirteen years old boy, he is an accomplished basketball player. Jim and his friends begin to steal , to rip off and to use illicit substances. Jim keep a diary and actually Jim is a very talentuous writer. This film shows the ups and downs of a city, New York during the Sixties.


Jim takes drugs increasingly, he is addict to heroin and consume others substances.

A friend of Jim has lekemia and is forced to stay in his bed in hospital. Jim, unlike his other friends often comes to visit him.
Despite writing, sports and his sick friend nothing can stop Jim’s addiction.
Jim is gradually removed from his basketball team, his school and home by his mother. He begins dating the most disreputable places of New York.

This film is directed by Scott Kalvert in 1995. In headlining we can see the actors Leonardo Dicaprio, Mark Wahlberg ( The Yards, 2000) and Lorraine Bracco (Goodfellas, 1990).

I really liked this film because thans to the main character who Leonardo embodies at perfection I can see how you can quickly fall in an inadapted environment and how it can be difficult to stop be addict to something. And to conclude this film is very poetic.


Shining by Stephen King

Shining is a horror and fantastic novel written by Stephen King in 1977. This book is the third book published by Stephen King. In 2013 a following based on the main character (Daniel Torrance) has been published “Doctor Sleep”.
This story is about a man; Jack Torrance who decided to regain control following to his alcoholism which made him lost his job of teacher at the university. So he decided to accept an employment of guardian in an isolated hotel in the Colorado’s mountain. Jack is a complicated man, he’s intelligent, attached to his family composed of Wendy Torrance (his wife) and Daniel Torrance (his son) but he is really impulsive.
Daniel Torrance has a supernatural power The Shining, in the hotel he can see things coming to the past (ghost) or to the future. He learns to know Dick Halloran, the cook of the hotel who like Daniel has The Shining and even his short age Daniel has more elevated power than Dick. Daniel and Dick share the same secret and became friends.
The hotel tries several times to possess Daniel in the goal to take him his power. Daniel enough mature for his age ignored it. So the hotel takes control on Jack Torrance who now see his family like his enemy.
A night Jack becoming insane because of the hotel tried to kill his own son. A pursuit began between Jack, Daniel and Wendy. Daniel feeling in danger calls Dick thanks to The Shining. Whereas Jack is going to the basement in the goal to prevent the explosion of the old boiler of the hotel which needs to be adjusted every day, it is too late, Daniel, Wendy and Dick escaped of the hotel and Jack dies in the explosion.
A film directed by Stanley Kubrick is the most famous adaptation of this thriller.

The Great Gatsby

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past “
The Great Gatsby is the third book of the writer Francis Scott Fitzgerald which was released in 1925.This book describes exactly the Roaring Twenties.
The story takes place in New York during the 20’s. The narrator is a Gatsby’s neighbor who is becoming Gatsby’s friend. His name is Nick Carraway who leaves the state of the Middle-West for New-York in the goal to reach the American dream and becoming a trader. He lives surrounded by two luxurious houses. A mysterious millionaire lives next to him, Jay Gatsby, worldly party and colossal receptions make part of the Gatsby’s habits. One night Nick is invited at Tom Buchanan’s house, Tom is the husband of Daisy the cousin of Nick. Then Nick meets Jordan Baker one of the Daisy’s friends, she’s a professional golfer. A little bit later Tom asks to Nick to come with him to see his lover, Myrtle Wilson a mechanic’s wife. Offend by it Nick don’t want to stay alongside of the couple but he is attracted by Jordan. A lot of versions of Gatsby’s life are moving along. Who is him? What is he doing? Nick is at two finger to discover his secrets when one day he is invited to spend the night at Gasby’s house. An incredible story will happened between the five characters.
In 2013 this book was adapted into a movie Leonardo Di Caprio plays the main character.
This book is my favorite book because it is not only a love story it’s an eventful story. Even the cinematographic adaptation is splendid

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump is a drama based on the books of Winston Groom which was published in 1986. This book will be adapted into a film and realized by Robert Zemeckis and cinema released in 1994. Tom Hanks embodies the character of Forrest Gump
This film is about the U.S.A history between 1950 and 1980 through the eyes of the main character: Forrest Gump, a defective man. The beginning of the film is a scene with Forrest Gump sitting on a seat waiting the bus. In this seat Forest will meet a lot of different persons to whom he will tell his life… Since his childhood when he was the scapegoat of his classmates to the moment he will be billionaire. Forrest Gump will be American football champion, American football champion, a university graduate, soldier during the Vietnam War, table tennis champion in the American military team in the Olympics, exceptional marathon ( he ran without stopping for more than three years), and shrimp boat captain. Located at the heart of the U.S.A history main events he is one of the key players in this area…
I really liked this film because the characters are very touching and realistic. Historical facts are taught us and I find it very well. I recommend it a lot !