Review #195

If you like to ponder to yourself on a warm, sunny day by the lake, or when cuddled underneath a blanket, then check the questions below. This is not my usual review but meant to create conversations and debates between readers.

Title- A Raisin in the Sun

Author- Lorraine Hansberry

Rating– 4/5

Indeed Lorraine Hansberry’s award-winning drama about the hopes and aspirations of a struggling, working-class family living on the South Side of Chicago connected profoundly with the psyche of black America—and changed American theater forever. The play’s title comes from a line in Langston Hughes’s poem “Harlem,” which warns that a dream deferred might “dry up/like a raisin in the sun.”

“The events of every passing year add resonance to A Raisin in the Sun,” said The New York Times. “It is as if history is conspiring to make the play a classic.”  This Modern Library edition presents the fully restored, uncut version of Hansberry’s landmark work with an introduction by Robert Nemiroff.

Oh—So now it’s life. Money is life. Once upon a time freedom used to be life—now it’s money.”

Discussion Questions:

What are some things you notice first when entering the house/personal space of someone you’ve recently met?

How is the “working class” different now compared to fifty years ago?

How is “poverty” different now compared to fifty years ago?

What mood do you look for when reading books?

What nonfiction books have you read about racism? Which made an impact and why?

What fiction books have you read by Black authors? Which was your favorite and why?

What is the significance between relationships with our mothers and how do you view your own child/mother relationship?

How do authors successfully bring characters to life for you?

How does dialect in language in novels impact your view of the story?

Do you like books with a theme involving food? Why or why not?

Published by CassieSwindon

Fiction author

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