Raisin in the Sun (Globe Adapted Classic)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780835955423
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 6/15/1999
  • Pages: 102
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2009

    An Excellent Book

    In "A Raisin in the Sun", Lorraine Hansberry tells the story of a poor African-American family living in Chicago during the late 50's. She is able to accurately portray the struggles of poverty and racism that existed worldwide during the time period portrayed in the story concerning the effects that money has on certain people and the ways peoples of different ethnic backgrounds were treated.

    The story centers around the Younger family, which consists of Walter and his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and his mother, known as Mama. The initial conflict begins when a check for ten thousand dollars comes in the mail due to the recent passing of Walter's father. The Younger's, never being able to possess that amount of money, are unsure what to do with it. In their current state, the Younger's live in an apartment building in which they must pay rent every month, Beneatha needs money to pay for medical school, the apartment is becoming too small, especially since Ruth is expecting another baby, and the only real income is that of Walter who is a chauffer. Therefore, this money can help solve a lot of problems. But on the other hand, Walter and Mama have conflicting views on how the money should be spent. Walter, a man whose goal is to make a lot of money to support his family and live the American dream, wants to invest money in a liquor store which he believes will guarantee a steady influx of money for the family. However, Mama, a woman is only concerned about the well-being of her family and their happiness, believes that the money is best spent on a house that can finally be all theirs; this means no more paying rent to someone else and more space for the expected baby. Additional conflicts arise and new decisions have to be made. All play a large part in the plot that keeps the reader hooked until the unexpected chain of events that eventually lead to the riveting conclusion.

    As the story continues, one begins to develop a close relationship with the characters in the book, making the events that take place much more personal and heartfelt. One is able to feel what the character's in the story are going through, even if they have never been in a similar situation. It also stresses the struggle to survive in a world where people treat you differently because of the color of your skin and in which poverty is a recurring theme. Everything in the book was very interesting and every scene had different things which made the story flow and stay interesting the entire time. There were no dull moments in this book either. Although the overall mood of this book is serious and dramatic, comedy is present and sprinkled throughout the book. Overall, I thought that this was an excellent book that not only provided an entertaining read, but also an emotional journey through a time of poverty and racismthat encompasses one family's struggle to fulfill the American dream, overcome struggles, and live a life of peace and happiness.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2008

    A reviewer

    I thought this book was very enlightening. Not the story but the fact it made such a big impact on both the African American and Caucasian community. Seeing the condition they were already living it, it's amazing they even could afford a house. And the crazy ending to everything Walter's investment and Mama's change of character or burst of emotion

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Ive read this book a bunch of times and im still not tired of it

    This is an awesome book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    A raisin in the sun

    Great book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Timeless and Poingant

    Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun takes on the culture of the time through the eyes of a Chicago family living in a one room place. They take on financial, racial, social, and personal struggles tha shape their future.<BR/> I absolutely loved this play the first time I read it, and I think the best part of the play was when Brother lost all the money for the down payment for their new house on what turned out to be a scam. When he shouted "WILLIE!" over and over, I mean...that just...it was heartbreaking and the sorrow they all felt just jumped up from the page.<BR/> Wonderful, wonderful play.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2006

    A lesson in empathy

    In this play your heart will be tugged in different directions, not knowing who to side with, but in the end you will be sure of one thing: Family triumphs over all

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2014

    Great Version!

    This is a great version, highly readable, good for classes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Substantial review here

    This book i originally read for 7th grade english. Being one of the few black kids in my school it was some times awkward reading such a heavily racial concious book. Aside from that awkwardness i felt reading the book was a great experience, not only for me, but for the...more privileged kids at my school. The writing was superb and the book has a lot of symbolism, makin it a very interesting read. What i love about it is how there could be so many different takes and meanings the story. Overall i loved it. :-) (-:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    Yummmmm

    Love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Wow!

    I had to read this ovr the summer for school and i thought itd b boring but it was actually pretty good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Takeela wood

    This book is pretty good! I'm reading it at school ;)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    Whaaaa?

    this looks stupid

    0 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    Love it

    I had to read this book for eight grade english i love it. Its about a family and there dreams it is an amazing book! Sad at a lotof points but it is soooooo good! I will be reading it again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Classic

    This is an awesome play it really has an undertone meaning and i love it. I used part of it as a monologue i used beneathas part sooo basicly im sayin this is an awesowme play so just get it and stop questioning whether to get it

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  • Posted June 24, 2010

    Amazing!

    Now I have seen plays and been in some but this was the first book that I actually read a play. Now it was for school but overall it was the best school book we read all year. Now when we first started reading it and I realized that it was about a black family I started really getting into it because I like to learn about that history. Now my whole class thought it was amazing but maybe that was because it was after reading Red Badge of Courage that anybody thought any book was better. But my teacher actually let us act out some of the scenes and it actually changed the meaning for me when I saw it compared to when I read it. I learned new things and I discovered a new stlye of writing but I enjoyed the book a lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    The book was very emotional,spiritual, and uplifting.

    This book reminded me of my parents when we I was younger. They worked so hard for my siblings and I to live a better life than they did. It was harder of course in those days for African Americans to live the American dream but with family by your side there is almost nothing you cannot achieve if you put your heart and soul into accomplishing those goals. My parents bought a house, my mother went to collge, and my father worked two jobs to pursue happiness for the family. They had some ups and downs but in the,even separated for almost a year,but in the end the got back together and achieved what they set out to accomplish. A raisin in the sun means that if you stay strong,believe, and strive for what ever it is you want in life, know matter what the odds are or obsticals that can get in your way (ignorance for example), with family by your side you can accomplish almost anything. The best part of the story is when Walter relizes that his dream of owning his own buisness almost cost him his soul. There is nothing wrong with wanting to accomplish a biusness of your own but when he gave that money, all of it, to Bobo instead of doing what Mama told him to do he almost sacrifice everything his parents strive for. I also liked when they decided to take their chances and move into the new home even though it was obvious that they were not wanted as neighbors in the neiborhood. I will definately add this book to my collection of African American literature for my future generation to read.As an African American myself I want my future generation to know the challenges the past generation faced to get the opportunities they, the future generation,have today. Although there may still be ignorance today, I refuse to listen to any of my fellow african americans blame society or the past for thier failures. As long as you try your hardest defeating all obstacles that may come your way, you can always wake up the next morniing with a prayer thanking God that you have another day to accomplish your goals and in life that is all that really matters. I raelly enjoyed reading this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2008

    Reality hits home

    A Raisin in the Sun was an astonishing book that showed the reality of a black family in the world, looking for something better. When they find it, the obstacles that failed to hold them back before try harder. The book reads exceptionally well and I just couldn't put it down once I picked it up. It is truly a book about reality as it is!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2007

    WONDERFUL! Showed the underclass African American way of living!

    I enjoyed the whole entire book. It was very interesting and I could relate to it because it seemed as if it were real, like a real society! I'd say a great book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2006

    A must read

    I just read the book for my semester final. What a great book! Now I am not a fast reader i usually take my time, but I could not put it down. I finished the book in less than 2 days and wow. I was able to get an understanding of the emotions that African American people were going through during this time in America. An easy read. An enriching and knowledgeable book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2006

    Great book but not that ineresting

    This book was okay. I gave this book a three star rating because at time the book would get boring and tiring. Sometimes this book was pretty goog. Not always, but sometime the book would amuse me.

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