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Fences Paperback – June 1, 1986
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Troy Maxson is a strong man, a hard man. He has had to be to survive. Troy Maxson has gone through life in an America where to be proud and black is to face pressures that could crush a man, body and soul. But the 1950s are yielding to the new spirit of liberation in the 1960s, a spirit that is changing the world Troy Maxson has learned to deal with the only way he can, a spirit that is making him a stranger, angry and afraid, in a world he never knew and to a wife and son he understands less and less. This is a modern classic, a book that deals with the impossibly difficult themes of race in America, set during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s.
Now an Academy Award-winning film directed by and starring Denzel Washington, along with Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Viola Davis.
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"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
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- Publisher : Plume; Reissue edition (June 1, 1986)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 101 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0452264014
- ISBN-13 : 978-0452264014
- Lexile measure : NP
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.3 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fences takes us on an unforgettable journey of love, deceit, loss and redemption. Filled with the unmistakable musicality and poetry of Wilson's writing, the play hits a chord that's close to home and close to our hearts. A thing that is easy to forget about Fences is the time period it was written in because the themes are simply timeless and handled with rigour, making it even more truthful to the reader. A long-standing friendship being threatened, a marriage being suddenly shaken, a father and son colliding all due to change and time taking their toll.
Each word of Wilson's seems to transcend the ink on the page and become part of us and that's part of Fences' (and most of Wilson's plays) magic.