I very rarely read plays, and I very rarely read at work...but today I found myself trapped all day in a computer lab with my classes filling out oneI very rarely read plays, and I very rarely read at work...but today I found myself trapped all day in a computer lab with my classes filling out one of those surveys that generates little to no productive action from school or district personnel....
I have been meaning to read "Raisin in the Sun" for years, and honestly it was nothing like I expected. It's such an unfiltered look at life for a poor, black family in the 1950s living in southside Chicago. It leaves an unsettled feeling in my stomach - the same way "Death of Salesman" or "The Glass Menagerie" does. And while I recognize its merit and how ahead of her time Lorraine Hansberry was, I can't say that I like it. It makes me too sad. It feels too real...which perhaps is exactly what Hansberry was trying to do all those years ago.
There isn't a true happy ending. Things start hard for the Youngers and end hard for the Youngers. Perhaps, a read or audience member might think they've found some sort of resolution, but I'm left feeling a can of social issue worms are covering the metaphorical floor. And honestly, I don't know what to do about it.
All that said, this should be required reading at some point - perhaps not at the sophomore level with students who may not be prepared to understand the gravity of failed dreams and misapplied social stigmas...but at some point, this seems like something all Americans should read. Perhaps it would help us make sense of the racial tensions we observe every day. Maybe that's just wishful thinking because sometimes I sure wish I could make sense of the world around me.... ...more
I am so impressed by authors that can convey depth of emotion and characterization in a book comprised of poems. Hesse's narrative arc is very well doI am so impressed by authors that can convey depth of emotion and characterization in a book comprised of poems. Hesse's narrative arc is very well done and tells a powerful story of a teenager girl living in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl. I can't believe it's taken me this long to read this book. I loved it. Wish I could give it 4 and a half stars.
Oh man - I wanted to love this book. It was a gift from a dear friend who has great taste in books. She hadn't read it though and bought it because thOh man - I wanted to love this book. It was a gift from a dear friend who has great taste in books. She hadn't read it though and bought it because the book has a fantastic premise. It is a story that explains how the beloved children's classic "Good Night Moon" came to be - it's a story about books, authors, and friends. It has a great setting - I couldn't love Seattle more. It has letters - I love stories that have letters. BUT - it is so predictable and painfully formulaic. There are glimpses of greatness, but it felt too much like a Hallmark movie...which is a great fit for some, but for me, life is too short to read books like this.
There must be some sort of magnetic pull between knowing Gayle Forman has a new book and the compulsion I have to add her books to my already too tallThere must be some sort of magnetic pull between knowing Gayle Forman has a new book and the compulsion I have to add her books to my already too tall stack at Barnes & Noble or to use her latest book to tip my Amazon order over $35 for free shipping. Whatever it is, since I read Forman's "if I stay", I have devoured each of her new books within a couple months of them coming out regardless of the topic. This time, the book was about the suicide of a college freshman from a small town in Washington, and while some of the plot points were overly dramatic in pure YA style, I read on and on and on. Forman has that kind of power over me, and I'm sure despite the occasional involuntary eye rolls that these books give me, I will eagerly await her next book. My inner fifteen-year-old simply can't help it. ...more