Monday, December 29, 2014

A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the SunA Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wasn't sure how it would be to read a play - but it turned out to be very easy to fall into the story. Interesting how it is driven by dialogue, characters defined by what they say and not what they think. The story moved quickly to the points it was making. It was a fast emotional read.

Summary: First produced in 1959, A Raisin in the Sun was awarded the New Yourk Drama Critics Circle Award and hailed as a watershed in American drama. Not only a pioneering work by an African-American playwright - Lorraine Hansberry's play was also a radically new representation of black life, resolutely authentic, fiercely unsentimental, and unflinching in its vision of what happens to people whose dreams are constantly deferred.

In her portrait of an embattled Chicago family, Hansberry anticipated issues that range from generational clashes to the civil rights and women's movements. She also posed the essential questions - about identity, justice, and moral responsibility - at the heart of these great struggles. The result is an American classic.

Recommended Reading:
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
Our Town by Thornton Wilder

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