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  • Paperback: 101 pages
  • Publisher: Plume Books; Mti edition (20 Dec. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735216681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735216686
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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"The strongest, most passionate American dramatic writing since Tennessee Williams."--The New York Post
"Fences leaves no doubt that Mr. Wilson is a major writer, combining a poet's ear for vernacular with a robust sense of humor, a sure sense for crackling dramatic incident, and a passionate commitment to a great subject."--The New York Times

"A blockbuster piece of theater, a major American play."--New York Daily News
"An eloquent play... a comedy-drama that is well-nigh flawless."--New York Magazine

"A moving story line and a hero almost Shakespearian in contour."--The Wall Street Journal
"A work of tremendous impact that summons up gratitude for the beauty of its language, the truth of its character, the power of its portrayals."--Chicago Tribune

About the Author

August Wilson was a major American playwright whose work has been consistently acclaimed as among the finest of the American theater. His first play, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for best new play of 1984-85. His second play, Fences, won numerous awards for best play of the year, 1987, including the Tony Award, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Joe Turner's Come and Gone, his third play, was voted best play of 1987-1988 by the New York Drama Critics' Circle. In 1990, Wilson was awarded his second Pulitzer Prize for The Piano Lesson. He died in 2005.


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Having watched a documentary about the writer I decided to get a copy of this play. Really enjoyed reading it looking forward to watching the film.
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Loved this book. Looking forward to seeing the movie.
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A good book films top to
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By Juanita Darden - Published on Amazon.com
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love it
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 5 April 2017
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Too anti white
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5.0 out of 5 stars and if you were carving a Mount Rushmore depicting the greatest native-Pittsburgher arts and culture figures 27 Jan. 2017
By Matt R. Lohr - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a native of Pittsburgh, PA, and if you were carving a Mount Rushmore depicting the greatest native-Pittsburgher arts and culture figures, August Wilson would be one of the faces on the rock. His Pittsburgh Cycle, chronicling a century of African-American life in America and in the Steel City, is one of the great unshakeable edifices of modern theater, and "Fences," for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, is arguably the cornerstone of the cycle. An angry, unsparing, honest, and deeply felt look into a life of regret, dubious choices, and fierce, wounded pride, "Fences" tells the story of Troy Maxson, a former Negro League ballplayer and current garbageman in the 'Burgh in 1957, and how he negotiates his relationship with Cory, a son who rails against his father's influence by trying to top him at his own athletic game; with Gabriel, the severely damaged WWII veteran brother to whom Troy dubiously owes his home; and Rose, the long-suffering, patient-beyond-reason wife who has given him her life and a son, but can never truly give him the fulfillment of what he perceives his manhood to be. Troy is arguably the greatest role for an African-American actor in all of the American theater, and Wilson's effortlessly lyrical language (Wilson was a poet before he turned his gifts to the theater) ring with depth, honesty, and pain that is singular and unforgettable. Rose and Cory likewise have their moments of soul-baring power, and Troy finds his comfort and a tincture of home truth in the form of Bono, the longtime friend with whom Troy has walked many a hard road, but who walks it with a lighter tread than Troy himself does.

In arguably his greatest poem, "Harlem," Langston Hughes asked "What happens to a dream deferred?" "Fences" is like the answer to that question. And yes, it does explode, in a shower of creativity and theatrical artistry the likes of which we'll rarely see again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a little sad theres no audiobook for this title as I am ... 28 Feb. 2017
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a little sad theres no audiobook for this title as I am stuck reading it for school so far not a bad book much better than expected
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