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A Raisin in the Sun Mass Market Paperback – Nov 29 2004
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“A beautiful, lovable play. It is affectionately human, funny and touching. . . . A work of theatrical magic in which the usual barrier between audience and stage disappears.”
John Chapman, New York News
“An honest, intelligible, and moving experience.”
Walter Kerr, New York Herald Tribune
“Miss Hansberry has etched her characters with understanding, and told her story with dramatic impact. She has a keen sense of humor, an ear for accurate speech and compassion for people.”
Robert Coleman, New York Mirror
“A Raisin in the Sun has vigor as well as veracity.”
Brooks Atkinson, New York Times
“It is honest drama, catching up real people. . . . It will make you proud of human beings.”
Frank Aston, New York World-Telegram & Sun
“A wonderfully emotional evening.”
John McClain, New York Journal American
From the Inside Flap
When it was first produced in 1959, A Raisin in the Sun was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for that season and hailed as a watershed in American drama. A pioneering work by an African-American playwright, the play was a radically new representation of black life. "A play that changed American theater forever."--The New York Times.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
What was my favourite thing was that this is so relatable. I mean, I was not born in the 1950s, I did/do not have the issues that the Youngers are having, but I just felt this automatic relation to the characters and their dreams during this difficult period of time in South Side Chicago. Before reading, I actually was in Chicago for a book conference, and I did visit the South Side of the city and discovered that that was the setting for the difficulty and poverty that many experienced. Every character of Hanberry's had something to share with readers. This is just a must-read for people looking to read a play, or a beautiful story about poverty, dreams and racism, all mixed in together like a stew. It made me want to cry, laugh and just be grateful for life.Read more ›
Schools have been using this play to get students reading and give them different perspectives. I think this book is for all. Some language...but it's not like no one has heard any badmouthing anyway. I think that it is just a really good play too and that Lorraine Hansberry did a good job just weaving everything together. You can really relate to this story with the dilemmas and questions it rises. And it's not like anything of a complicated story either, you can really decipher it. And last I believe the author wrote from her heart, expressing herself through her work majestically and with realistic emotion regarding the problems of the Younger family could easily have struck a lower middle class black family in the 1950's.
"A Raisin in the Sun" shows the importance of family values during times of racial discrimination. The book teaches us a lesson that nothing should come between family ties. It's definitely one of my favorite classic reads plus the film version featuring Sidney Poitier is great as well.
I found this play an enjoyable and quick read. To me, it was more appealing than plays of August Wilson, who wrote plays of a similar theme (Fences, The Piano Lesson). One good thing about the play is that although the Youngers are a black family, the theme of the play seems appealing to any audience since many families have had money problems and even more families have had dreams about life that they have struggled to fulfill.
Most recent customer reviews
This play is really great for displaying racial prejudices in its day, and also is a great depiction of overcoming obstacles.Published on Jan. 29 2014 by chant_elle
This edition is important because of the introduction by Robert Nemiroff, and because it is the complete manuscript as written by Lorraine Hansberry. Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2013 by Janet B. Brush
This is truly a work of genius about a family in which each member has his/her own big dream of what he/she wants to do with his/her life. Read morePublished on June 26 2004
This play helps to remind all people where we came from and gives us more reason to appreciate where we are. Beautifully written, and heartfelt. Read morePublished on May 22 2004 by tonisha
"A Raisin in the Sun" reads more like a novel than a play. With a multitude of dialogue, and lenient stage direction, you'll finish reading this play in no time at all. Read morePublished on April 8 2004 by MAB
"A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry
A Black family is united in love and pride as they struggle to overcome poverty and harsh living condition. Read more
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