Book review: Raisin in the Sun – a play by Lorraine Hansberry


The book:
Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Published in 1959 by Random House
Pages: 151
My copy: Second-hand copy

raisinThe blurb:

The Youngers are a poor African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago. An opportunity to escape from poverty comes in the form of a $10,000 life insurance check that the matriarch of the family (Lena Younger or Mama) receives upon her husband’s death.

My thoughts…

This is a very simple and easy to read play, with all the action taking place in one room of the Younger family’s cramped apartment. Although there are only a few characters in the play, each has a very distinctive voice, and the contrasting personalities work very well together to give a range of viewpoints.

The plot revolves around the money Lena is about to receive following her husband’s death, and we can see the tension this is causing as the characters…

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  1. Love this play! I used to teach it all the time no matter the student demographic because it’s there’s a universal message.

  2. Me too! I like it because I speaks to the struggle struggles many African Americans encountered after they left the south.

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