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ISBN-13: 9780452264014
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/1986
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 11,202
Product dimensions: 5.29(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.35(d)

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August Wilson is the most influential and successful African American playwright writing today. He is the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fences, The Piano Lesson, King Hedley II, Ma Rainy's Black Bottom, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Seven Guitars, Two Trains Running, Jitney and Radio Golf. His plays have been produced all over the world.

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Fences 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
TrainerKevin More than 1 year ago
The play is a pretty nice short read. It talks about the civil rights time. The dialogue is pretty dramatic which kept me entertained. It's also a pretty short read and took me about 3 days to complete. Most people can probably read the whole thing in 1 day. If your looking for a short book to past the time, this would be a great book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This play was assigned to my English class, and (knowing my teacher) I was expecting something that had many levels and depth to the characters. Well, that's what I got. All of the characters (Troy, Rose, Cory, Gabe, Bono, etc) are three dimensional. They aren't flat and predictable. There are plenty of symbols and foreshadowing which I won't disclose here for the sake of keeping it a surprise ;-), and it keeps you curious about what will happen next. This isn't a fluffy and heartwarming story. It's an "easy" read and can be finished in a day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fences To me the book is great because it captures a lot of stuff from the past and its mostly telling how they lived during those times (1950-1960). Like how hard it is to get a job, hard to avoid going to jail, how hard to keep a roof over your head, and much more. The book is also about how it is to struggle to keep the family together and how. Troy got it tough when he was a child always stealing to get food for his family. But then Troy is harsh on his child so they can face the real world like he did when he was young. And it works for Cory and he watch for other people to and how everything is baseball for Troy from solving his problems and playing the game and how better he is from everyone else. And how care and loving his wife is to her family trying to help them solve their problems but most of the time Troy doesn¿t want her help and always ask her when dinner. Their family always fights either over money or family problems or about school. The best thing about it that it¿s a play to so you can act it out with your friends. This book deserved to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama this book has funny parts to it, drama, unexpected scenes and more. Then all this drama and unexpected within 101 pages. August Wilson is a mastermind for making this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. Everyone who is having problems in their lives need to read this. It changes lives. Thanks to the author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found that Fences was a good book. It showed a great perspective of how families really are. It shows the families ups and downs and how they react to it. It is about a man named Troy and his friends and family. Toy is a quick-tempered man and some people get tired of it. Other people learn do deal with it and just stay out of his way. Everything changes when Troy starts going down to Taylor¿s and hangs out. He is abusive to his wife¿s boy Cory. Cory says its because Troy is afraid that he will be better than him. Cory got recruited to a school but Troy won¿t sign the papers for him to go. Troy has been in jail before and has brought out memories of it. He met a man in jail. His name is Bono and is now his best friend. They both work together unloading trucks. One day Troy gets fed up the white people sit in the car as the blacks unload the trucks. He goes to the commission board and becomes the first black man to drive the truck. His family is proud of him. Troy was once a big baseball player but didn¿t get very far, he claims this is because he is black. Troy¿s brother Gabriel was in World War II. While there, he got half his face blown off, and because of this he a confused man. Troy likes to tell family stories. He tells how he has had to fight death and what the battle was like. My thought on this story is that it was good. I like the way every scene opened and closed. There weren¿t to many characters in it. It also had a good moral to it. Those were my thoughts on the story.
kimreadthis on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I enjoyed reading this play, though I usually do not enjoy the play format. The characters were believable, and their troubles contemporary and realistic. The family drama is interesting and is the focus of the play (with interactions between brothers, father-son, and husband-wife), but viewing these through the lens of a 1950-1960s African American family is enlightening, as the reader can see how racism and discrimination impact most aspects of the family's life.
kant1066 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Published in 1983, this is the sixth play of August Wilson¿s ¿Pittsburgh Cycle,¿ and by far the best known, winning the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. All the plays in the cycle take up various aspects of the American-American experience during the first part of the twentieth century. ¿Fences,¿ as the namely subtly hints at, looks at the differing ways of life and cultural assumptions that Americans ¿ black and white ¿ of two generations as they find themselves growing further and further apart. The action revolves around Troy Maxson, the dictatorial, autocratic patriarch who rules over the play with a brooding, constant, suffocating presence. Everyone slavishly concedes to his authoritarian, overbearing personality ¿ his wife Rose, his best friend Bono, and his two grown children, Lyons and Cory. Troy, now a garbage man, was once an aspiring baseball player when he was younger, but was unable to break into the game because of the color barrier. When his son shows similar athletic promise, he shuts down any opportunity for him to pursue it, demanding that he get a job at the local store instead. Whether it is out of spite or not is unclear, but his negation of his son¿s dreams comes across as mean-spirited and petty. At another point, his son Cory asks his father ¿How come you ain¿t never liked me?¿ to which Troy responds ¿Liked you? Who the hell said I gotta like you?¿Much of the play revolves around the ways Troy exerts his power over his wife and children. His son, Lyons, occasionally asks him for money, which always makes Troy bristle with resentment and sends him into a seething tirade about how Lyons shouldn¿t feel entitled and should stop coming by just to borrow money. Troy has an affair with Alberta (whom we never see) and conceives a child with her, Raynell, whom we only see in the last scene at Troy¿s funeral. The title refers to the fence that Troy and his son try to build throughout the play, yet Troy always seems to be castigating him for doing something else, but it preforms other functions, too. Troy has an (extreme) aversion toward death and loss; the fence is, one supposes, there to militate against death. The fence had another, much more resonant meaning for me: it stands for the wall that separates black Americans raised in the 1930s and 1940s from their children raised in the 1960s, with all the social, cultural, and political baggage that comes along with that chasmal divide. At the end of the play, Wilson has certainly made a hell of a character out of Troy ¿ a character who begs for the readers¿ sympathy. But as great of a playwright as he is, he just couldn¿t bring me there; I could never see Troy as anything other than a tyrannical despot. I felt sorry for his children, and wondered why his wife suffered his presence. I tried to find virtues in him, but the fact that he is a soi-disant hard-drinking Lothario really doesn¿t help his case. I have to admit, however, that I am biased: Troy reminds me of someone in my own family whose very presence I cannot bear, yet who I grew up around, and whose philistinism I occasionally still have to bear. Much of what he said in the play, his motivations, his attitudes, are exactly like those of said relative. I know it is precisely this fearful symmetry which caused such a visceral reaction toward the play itself. As much as I disliked Troy, the play itself is superb. To capture the psychology of a man like Troy, as well as his long-suffering wife and children, takes a superb craftsman, which Wilson definitely is.
mirlyarley on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Pulitzer prize winner for this play bout the black experience in the 1950's of an Eastern industrial city
gbjefferso on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Drama that takes place in 1957 focusing on the main character, Tony, a strong hard working black man, who is drowning in anger by the racism that has kept him in his perception from meeting his dreams. Not a fast-moving play but the concepts of racism, family values and sense of survival are so strong that it is a excellent book for high school English classes.
ncgraham on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I read this for a drama class last semester, and knew next to nothing about it before I picked it up and read it for myself. In contrast, I had some connection to all the other plays we read in that class—I¿ve loved Shakespeare since I was a child, and so had no qualms with making the romp through A Midsummer Night¿s Dream again; I consider myself somewhat of a Sondheim devotee and knew Sweeney Todd already; and though I was new to classical drama, I relished the chance to acquaint myself with Sophocles and his Theban cycle. Looking back, however, I have to say that I think Fences had the most impact on me of the plays we read.August Wilson has crafted a tremendously powerful story here. Yes, it is an ¿African American play,¿ and racism is a prominent theme, but reducing it to just that, one misses out on the universality, the sheer humanity, of the characters and situations. This is a play about social ills, about love, about death, and most of all, about family. The characters commit wildly unpredictable, morally questionable acts—I¿m thinking primarily of the protagonist, Troy Maxson, who was originally played on stage by James Earl Jones and more recently by Denzel Washington—and yet you can¿t take your eyes off of them. Of all the cast, my heart went out particularly to Rose. Man, what a part! And what a life.I don¿t have any immediate plans to read the other plays in Wilson's century cycle, but he¿s certainly on my radar now. Hopefully it won¿t take another school assignment for me to seek his work out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fences by August Wilson Hindsight 20/20 you look at what you could’ve have possibly achieved and done better, but do those events still have an effect on you as the person you are today? Some people say that your past is what has shaped you into the person you are however is that for the better or for the worse? Throughout the play “Fences” by August Wilson the characters change over the play along with conflicts in each relationship. The play starts off with Rose and Troy a married couple talking about about how they met and how they want their marriage to work. Troy goes to tell his friend about his failed baseball career and how he would have made it to pro if it wasn’t for the color of his skin and blames the white people for it. Later on Rose brings it to Troy’s attention that their son wants to play football. When Cory tries to confront Troy about trying out Troy completely shuts him down and gives very tough love of how he will never make it so he should give up now. As Troy and Rose start to have more confrontations Troy admits to looking at other women and cheating on Rose. When explaining his feelings for looking at other women he buts it in baseball terms. Rose decides to stay with him because of their marriage and the commitment she made with him. Troy starts to drink more and rarely comes home and if he comes home he doesn’t stay long. Cory is confronted by Troy and tells him how he can’t tell him what to do anymore and he doesn’t run the house anymore. When Troy passes due to excessive drinking she is full of joy because of the freedom she now has with him gone. She looks forward to having a fresh start and maybe looking for a new relationship The play was full of conflicts and different types of relationships. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it for anyone. Its full of different types of people and has a lot of good dialogue for the time frame. During the time frame it was very usual for men to act like Troy and Rose. Historically its very accurate on how the characters portray the time frame dialogue. Even with the past time frame the conflicts in relationships is still relatable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this script for class and it was my absolute favorite!!
Juls31 More than 1 year ago
The story Fences written by August Wilson, a classic play that details life of a family through the good times and bad times. I going to give you the details of one of the main character Troy Maxson. Troy, the father, want his son Cory to have a better future that him. One example Cory quits his job to play high school football and he gets recruited by a school. Cory and his father has a disagreement on his son playing football and it goes down hill between Cory and Troy. Other events happened in this story that any family can relate too. Every one should read this book because this story explains that no family is perfect whether you live in a urban area or suburb area.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This play was very casual in the beginning. The play had a strict husband/ father and a sweet wife. There was a potentially successful son who would be denied his opportunity by his own father. The son will not like this. I liked this book a lot because it was a very short book and because it was very interesting. Whenever i read the book it made me wonder what i would do if i had a strict father. I read the book ahead of my class so it took me about 2 days to read it. This book was great i learned a lot from the book. August Wilson used a lot of personification to introduce death so look out for that. The book also showed of how family could turn out to be and how bad things can happen.Cory is the son and he slowly begins to lose his fear for his father, ironically like Troy did with his father. In the end the right action was taken by Troy and August Wilson reveals that in the end using a very special and symbolic character. Troy is not satisfied in the end with his actions and there is still a lot of tension with him and his son even after what occurs. The book will get very interesting and overall as i said before it is a great book, if you're looking for a short, good read, this book is perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This play in my opinion was not my favorite play of all time but an understandable and relatable play to the reader. It provides the knowledge of how racism has effected a family and how it leaves the family with not sorrow but repent, repent on losing oppurtunities due to racism. Although it provides you with knowledge on how the hardship throughout that event was it felt short to my expectation. Such as the play was short itself, and how the play itself skipped six months in one scene and 2 years in another. On the other hand the characters were protrayed well and not predictable, I also enjoy how curiosity was constant throughout the play as well!
AshC0 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading fences a couple of days ago and in my opinion, fences is a pretty good book. The book portrays  a 53 year old man putting up emotional fences between him and his wife , him and his best friend, also him and his son. While he puts up and emotional fences, throughout the play he struggles to finish building a fence that his wife rose constantly remind him to finish. While building fences Troy Maxson faces many internal conflicts because of a dispute that turned physical between him and his dad.troy lacks affection in all of his relationships. When Troy was younger his dad lacked affection. However both were good providers. Troy Maxson  turns out tone just like the man he feared. This book takes you into a lot of drama and a lot of irony it draws your attention. Fences keeps you thinking and wondering what's going to happen net between each of the characters.
leticialopez More than 1 year ago
fences was a good book to read in english class because it showed you some of african american hardships and some of the things they went trough back then so you an learn some things. this book was fast to read it kept you hook and it kept you thinking was going to happen next which is a good thing.
Dez1 More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book because first off this is a quick read, and its a drama. It has alot of twist and turns. It is the type of book that you wouldnt stop reading because its that good. I think it touched me alot, it was a goosebump kind of book. You get a feel of how each character really is. By the end your jaw will drop! highly recommend, so go to your local library and pick up a copy ! Thanks Guys :) -Destiny Guzman
jamipena4165 More than 1 year ago
The book Fences is an amazing story. It's a book where things you never expect comes out to be true. Its short and a nice book to read whenever your bored or just want to entertain yourself. The climax is the most interesting part. It will leave you in different kinds of emotions like upset, shock, mad and many more emotions. Its a story that will fill your heart. Its a play to start off with which is amazing to act as in a class. If you have time to read this play please do you won't regret it one bit. 
Ana1234 More than 1 year ago
Fences is a great play. It takes place in the 1950's with African Americans . It shows the racial prejidce that occured .Troy the protagonist was an excellent baseball player that never got a shot in the major leagues He goes through a lot of problems and commits a few mistakes. In the long run the play was great but the ending is not as expected. I feel like i can connect with thhe characters.
abelN More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book, that can explain in a easy ways how african americans were treaded between 40's and 60's, and how families worked.In this play the main characters is called Troy a very self minded man that played baseball when hi was young, but never got play in the major leagues because of his sking color. This affected his entire life and people around him, like his son cory that wanted to play football, but troy didnt wanted him to play beacuse he didnt wanted cory going through what he went through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fences is a work of art, once you start you cant stop until you have finish it. August Wilson explores a time where racism was at it max, a time when many african americans where trated unfairly. Fences is a play that potrays the many roles of an African-American family that lives during a difficult period of time when Africans were being segagrated.The best part about this book is that its only about 100 pages, its a short and easy book to read. The main characters act and feel as if they were real. Everyone should read this book, its an amazing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the play is called "Fences", Troy Maxson is the father in this play he is trying to support his family. Cory Maxson is a struggling athlete who is looking for support from his family. Rose Maxson is the strong one trying to keep the household together. the play takes place in Pittsburgh,PA. the time period is the 1950's through the 60's. the story was very bland there was not a good story line the characteres didnt really appeal to me in a certain manner. the use of language was very rude the way people were treated was very horrible. Troy Maxson is a very mean father. This play i wouldnt recomond to anyone the play was horrible.The story if anyone were to read it should just pick up another book and begin to read that one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago