The Piano Lesson is a very good book. When you read it you feel as if you can fly away into the trees and see god. They put the book together in a way that you would want to read it over and over again. The main character Boy Willie is from mississippi but he is visiting Pittsburg to take a piano that is half his and sell it so he can buy some property off the people that used to own his ancestors. The piano is ghostly and the old man who used to own his ancestors comes back to try to kill them until Boy Willies sister starts playing the piano then S udder goes away. They decide to keep the piano.
"Boy Willie is trying desperately to be equal with the white people - one reason he wants to buy the land. He does not have time for the sentimentality of Berniece, he can only see the land as something concrete that can make him money, and make him a "man." He is also the character who changes the most at the end AUGUST WILSON is the author of Jitney, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Two Trains Running and Seven Guitars. Mr. Wilson's work explores the heritage and experience of African Americans over the course of the 20 th Century. His plays have been produced at regional theatres across the country as well as on Broadway. He has won Pulitzer Prizes for Fences (1987) and for The Piano Lesson (1990), a Tony Award for Fences, as well as New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running and Seven Guitars.
He has received several fellowships, including Rockefeller and Guggenheim Fellowships in Playwriting, and is a winner of the Whiting Writers Award. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Mr. Wilson makes his home in Seattle, Washington. He is a father of two daughters, Salina Ansari and Azul a Carmen Wilson, and is married to costume designer Constanta Romero. of the play.
Berniece may begin playing the piano again, but Boy Willie gives up the piano, and his dream of owning the land. He has shifted 360 degrees by the end of the play." The past can haunt or it can set you free. Boy Willie chooses freedom; his sister Berniece can't let go of yesterday's ghosts. Nor can she bear to give up their heirloom piano, Ornately carved with the family's slave history - even though its sale will bring enough money for Boy Willie to buy the farm on which his ancestors were enslaved.