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A Raisin in the Sun and The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window

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By the time of her death thirty years ago, at the tragically young age of thirty-four, Lorraine Hansberry had created two electrifying masterpieces of the American theater. With A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry gave this country its most movingly authentic portrayal of black family life in the inner city. Barely five years later, with The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, Ha ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 13th 1995 by Vintage (first published 1966)
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April
I had no idea what “A Raisin in the Sun” could possibly be about before reading the play. I simply chose it over “Twelve Angry Men” since I had read that play so many times before. I didn’t want to read it yet again. Due to the cover of the book having an African American woman in 60s clothing on the cover, I assumed that was what it was about.

My immediate response to the plot and characters is to wonder what sort of things I am missing. I am curious as to what sort of things happened to Bennie
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Tyeisha Little
An African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950's. This money comes from the deceased Mr. Younger’s life insurance policy. Each of the adult members of the family has an idea as to what he or she would like to do with this money. The matriarch of the family, Mama, wants to buy a house to fulfill a dream she shared with her husband. Mama’s son, Walter Lee, would rather use the money to invest in a liquor store with his friends. He believes that the investment will solve ...more
Nicole Boone
I came to this play for a school assignment and I didn't really know what to expect. I picked it by random and hoped for a good read. But I got sooo much more out of this book than I would have expected. It was like preparing yourself to get some skittles and ending up with a cheesecake. The profound impact of this play was one that made me consider my own life which in some form or another, all plays should. " An end to misery! To stupidity! don't you see there isn't any real progress,Asagai, t ...more
Kalen Dotson
I really loved this book.
Amy

This is the first time I have picked up this book and read it since high school. A peer of mine teaches this in his American Literature class, but I have chosen to teach The Crucible the past few years. Before I began reading it again, I tried to recall any memories I had of it from my previous reading. I recalled it was about an African American family during an era when racial prejudice was an accepted part of daily life. However, any details other than that which I could pull from the back co

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Pamela
The book I just finished reading is called A Raisin In The Sun,
by Lorraine Hansberry. This a fiction book,and the theme of it is to not be selfish.
The book is a play about a man named Walter,who's mom Lena is getting a check in the mail that is worth ten thousand dollars.The money is comming from Lena's husband who passed away.Walter has a wife named Ruth(who he later finds out shes pregant),his son Travis and sister Beneatha.Walter wants some of the money to invest in a liqour store with Will
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Ascending
A Raisin in the Sun takes its audience on a journey through the perspective of Walter Lee, a black man struggling to achieve the American dream. Walter struggles to identify his own identity in a world where white men have all the power and means, and people of color are subjugated to inferior positions in society. In the end, Walter finds his spirit hidden in the shadows of his own insecurities only to rise above his situation like the descendent of those great Afrikan Kings of old, when they w ...more
Jack Corrigan
In the book "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansbury, we go back in time to the 1950s. We learn about a family; this family's last name is Younger. The Younger family are all getting paychecks for $10,000 very soon and every member has an idea of what to do with the The first member of the family is Mama,she was also Mr. Younger's wife; she plans to buy a new house and make all the dreams that she had with her husband come true. The second member of the family is Walter Lee, he is Mamas son an ...more
Kim
I've always wanted to read this book but I had never really gotten around to it so I finally gave it a try. I also wanted to read this book because I had recently read other plays that I really enjoyed. The writing element that I liked most about this book is the diction and the way the character's spoke because the readers get a good insight on that time period. There were many different events that shock the reader which made me want to continuously read and the author presents an African-Amer ...more
May
The edition I have is different from this one, but no matter. I got my copy from a secondhand bookstore in downtown Palo Alto and the guy let me have the book for free because I didn't have three dollars on me, so I owe the guy a visit sometime this summer.

Wow. This book was amazing. The writing style is so powerful and it's hard to believe that Hansberry was only 29 when she wrote this. I think this play speaks to readers of all races because all of us have had dreams and with these dreams hav
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jackie sze
The Younger family got 10,000 dollar due to the death of Mr Younger. The family members all have different ideas on how to spend the money but they couldn't agree on one idea. The head of the family, Mama, wants to buy a house. Mama’s son, Walter Lee, would rather use the money to invest in a liquor store with his friends. He believes that the investment will solve the family’s financial problems forever. Walter’s wife, Ruth, agrees with Mama and hopes that she and Walter can provide more space ...more
Eric Vincent
This play was amazing! I had read it before in sevnth grade and then was recommended by a friend to read it again. My friend told me that if you read it twice, you see things that you hadnt the first time. In reading it again i realized many things. I realized the symbolisim in the book of the grandmother's plant and how she waters it every day. I also realized the relevance to the time period that the play took place in. I recommend this book to the whole advisory. I was lucky to see it on bora ...more
Kim
I read this book in highschool and loved it. I never had much exposure to black people in school. (This was pre-bussing, and I lived in an mostly all white neighborhood and we were all spoiled brats.) Books like this brought the American black experience into white classrooms and opened our eyes to the black struggles we saw on the news. I thank teachers like Ms. Haines and Ms. McCracken who made us read stuff like this because it brought it home to us and helped me understand a little better on ...more
Patty
Another great book! Finally some books I can give a 4 too! This was a really great text, particularly because of all of the issues it addresses, from gender to race to poverty. It covers a lot of ground, yet is written in an easy-to-understand format. A GREAT pick for high school students - I can see why so many teachers use it. I especially enjoyed the tension between those who were trying to reach their dreams, and others who were afraid to leave what was comfortable. I read the play version o ...more
Heather
This was an awesome book. It shows how people are when it comes to different races. I love how the characters are just so real and up front with how they feel. They show how they are proud of their race and dont let others try to bring them down. This book just shows compassionate and caring to others. There is one thing I hated, how the older guy in the family spent the rest of the money on trying to start a liquor store. It was the most dumbest thing someone can do is give alot of money to som ...more
Amanda
This book was basically a play about a black family who lives in a tenament building, and their struggles to provide the best for their family and themselves. The grandma gets a check for ten thousand dollars after the grandpa died. And we read as we see each indivdual character make their own decisions as to how to use the money. Although it has a lot of great insights, and the play title itself is insightful, I thought at some parts it was boring, so I gave it a three. I would still recommend ...more
Rachel
We read this book in English and I guess it really should be 2.5 stars. The plot itself wasn't all that interesting,but the writing, which was done in dialect, and the themes of the book were very well done. The most important characteristic of this kind of drama/book is to open people's eyes to the past and the mistakes made so that we can make the world a better place. Lorraine Hansberry definitely accomplished this in A Raisin in the Sun.
Jasmine
Mar 28, 2008 Jasmine added it
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It has been awhile since I read a book in one sitting. Two of my students didn't show up for their appointments today and the language arts enrichment teacher had a copy of this play on her desk. It was wonderful...the characters were gripping and the general themes and concerns were incredibly poignent. If you haven't read this classic I highly recommend it!
Fergman
Nov 21, 2008 Fergman rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
This book wasn't the best book I've read but it was pretty good. It tells a story of a struggling black family with economic problems and family problems. I don't remember the whole story, however, i do remember big mama's strive to never fail and move out of that nasty apartment and find a wonderful house that she can call home for her family.
Alisha Jenkins
i think its the best book i have ever read in english class. it contains very real situations that we face today such as family problams. i like it because i can relate to how a family member has a very big dream and is willing to risk everything to get it. i recommend this book to anyone who like or is experiencing these kind of situtations.
Shanjida Kibria
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Sara
Mama slapped Walter. He deserved it after he spent all that money investing it in the liquior store. I like how this book opens a window in to the other side of reality, how people really live. Not everything is glam and money and rich people but also how difficult and what people have to go through to achieve that dream.
Kajla

Throughout the book it didn't have much suspense. Not just that but also a downer. It had some loving warm happy bits and pieces but wasn't too appealing to me. There is a long hard struggle with money and once things become better for them it's ruined. Sadly. The book was decent.
Trudy Somers
"...when you measure a man, take into consideration the hills and valleys he's had to come through to get to where he is today. When you measure a man, measure him right." part of my favorite speeches from Mama to Beneatha about Walter. This part always makes me cry!!
Meg
I wish I had read this book with an English teacher looking over my shoulder---but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would like to see a stage production of this....maybe a future project for a ESL class.

Sigh....this could be adapted to modern day Bronx for a Dominican family....
Elise
Gosh, I just hated the commentary by Amiri Baraka in the front of the edition I borrowed from the library - I'm pretty sure it's the most obvious misreading of Shakespeare that I've come across.

I think the less said about the "Sidney Brunstein" play the better.
Justin
This is such a wonderful piece of art. A wonderfully compelling story, rich characters, and timeless themes make this one of the best plays of the 20th century. This should be on a mandatory read list for all American high schools.
Hausan D
Apr 06, 2011 Hausan D is currently reading it
i think this book is very good because it's a play and a book that was made in 1959 the play was also a radically new representation of black life.This book is mainly a dream being deferred and was never came true in a person life
jeremy
two of the finest, most riveting pieces of drama ever composed. lorraine hansberry had talent like oceans have swells, and is one of the finest american playwrights. ever. she died in 1965, at the age of 34, of pancreatic cancer.
Kimberley
the tale of an african family...trying to accomplish their goals....this book featuers sadnness, anger and betrayal, and this family also must deal with the racism they might soon come across!
read it..its a good book !
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