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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Samuel French, Inc. (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0573696004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0573696008
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By doc peterson VINE VOICE on August 11, 2011
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_Seven Guitars_ is August Wilson's "Century Cycle" play set in 1948 Pittsburgh. The play revolves around a successful musician, Floyd Barton, hoping to return to Chicago to make another recording. Before he can do so, however, a number of obstacles stand in his way, not the least of which is getting his guitar out of the pawn shop.

The dialouge is the real gem of this play: it alternates between humorous and tragic with almost Biblical allusions (seven characters, Floyd remarks that there are "seven ways to go," another character, Red has seven girlfriends) and prophesy for doom and death. However, the resolution to the conflicts Floyd - and the others face - seemed a bit forced to me; having read a number of Wilson's plays I am left wondering how many times he needs to conclude the story with a crime. (Of course, the same thing could be said of Shakespeare's tragedies, and perhaps I am missing something significant here given this connection.)

I found _Seven Guitars_ didn't have the same visceral punch as The Piano Lesson or speak to a broader experience as in his Fences. The sheer beauty of his dialogue and the banter between characters, however, warrants 3 stars.
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By Sabastian Zeqharr on May 4, 2013
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Must read, completely caught me off gaurd at the end, due to the fact that I was portraying the character but still an awesome read. August Wilson knew what he was doing.
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This play was written in 1995 by August Wilson and is set in 1948. He wrote his ten-play cycle of life in Pittsburgh in the 20th century (one play takes place in each decade).

I taught August Wilson's plays at Elizabeth High School -- my students adored Fences and the Piano Lesson. I wish I could have taught all of his plays. I will eventually figure out how to weave his work into the Social Work curriculum at Rutgers (or the Communications curriculum). I consider Wilson to be the equal of Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams as the tri-holders of the title "America's Greatest Playwright."

"Seven Guitars" is an African-American Shiva for Floyd Barton, a blues guitarist who has recently died. The friends discuss work, relationships and mid-20th century life in the Hill District of Pittsburgh.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GrimKeeper on April 21, 2011
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I like the character Hedley, because he's crazy. Other than him, it is a pretty slow read. Just poor people complaining about their lives. It would suck to be in their shoes and Floyd should have worked for a percentage off the first record.
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