Joe Turner's Come and Gone

Joe Turner s Come and Gone When Herald Loomis arrives at a black Pittsburgh boardinghouse after seven years impressed labor on Joe Turner s chain gang he is a free man in body But the scars of his enslavement and a sense of in

  • Title: Joe Turner's Come and Gone
  • Author: August Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780452260092
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Herald Loomis arrives at a black Pittsburgh boardinghouse after seven years impressed labor on Joe Turner s chain gang, he is a free man in body But the scars of his enslavement and a sense of inescapable alienation oppress his spirit still, and the seemingly hospitable rooming house seethes with tension and distrust in the presence of this tormented stranger LoomiWhen Herald Loomis arrives at a black Pittsburgh boardinghouse after seven years impressed labor on Joe Turner s chain gang, he is a free man in body But the scars of his enslavement and a sense of inescapable alienation oppress his spirit still, and the seemingly hospitable rooming house seethes with tension and distrust in the presence of this tormented stranger Loomis is looking for the wife he left behind, believing that she can help him reclaim his old identity But through his encounters with the other residents he begins to realize that what he really seeks is his rightful place in a new world and it will take then the skills of the local People Finder to discover it
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    • Raymond says:

      "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" is play number 2 in the August Wilson Century Cycle. To me this play was fine but like "Gem of the Ocean" (Wilson's first play in the cycle) I feel like it could have been better. Two down, eight more to go.

    • BillKerwin says:

      Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, the second in August Wilson’s “Century Cycle, is an effective and moving play. On the surface, it gives us a realistic and affectionate depiction of an early 20th century Pittsburgh boardinghouse, and of the aspirations and sorrows of the African-Americans who live in visit there, striving to make a living in the prosperous but often difficult north. On a deeper level, however, it is the story of the spiritual and political awakening of a people toward a greate [...]

    • Rick says:

      Set in 1911, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone takes place in a Pittsburgh boarding house run by Seth and Bertha Holly, an island of stability in a house-full of restless transients. Seth is gruff and no-nonsense, laying down laws of respectability. Bertha is warm and embracing, both a mitigator and an antidote to her husband. Bynum Walker is a conjure man, he helps folks find the song that binds them to another. Herald and Sonia Loomis are a father and daughter come to look for wife and mother, havi [...]

    • Blue says:

      I enjoyed reading this play so much. So far it's my favorite play by August Wilson. JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE happens in Pittsburgh during 1911 in a boarding house owned by Seth and Bertha. Seth and Bertha are very strong, good people. Seth is always worried about the respectability of his boardinghouse. Bertha is more worried about the comfort of the boarders and whether her biscuits will shape up to make a good breakfast.There are so many lines in this play where you want to just stop and pon [...]

    • Debbie says:

      Wow! That was deep!I do enjoy all of the brilliant August Wilson's plays. They all are true to form stories of the African American community through the times. They all invoke an element of religion and spirituality. This oneI feel like August was a little more symbolic than maybe I can grasp on one read through. Not to say that this is not a good play/book. So far, I believe that anything thatAugust Wilson put his pen to was a skilled account of some story viewed through the window of real peo [...]

    • Kathryn Bashaar says:

      My bucket list item of seeing all of August Wilson's plays is nearly complete. Joe Turner and Ma Rainey are the only two I haven't seen yet, so I thought to at least read Joe Turner when I came across it at the library (but reading it doesn't count for the bucket list; all of these plays are so much better seen performed).I love Wilson's work, and I loved this play. Wilson's Pittsburgh cycle of plays each takes place in Pittsburgh in a different decade of the 20th century. This one takes place i [...]

    • Neil says:

      This is the play set in the teens in Wilson's long decade by decade Pittsburgh cycle. Here, the owners and residents of a rooming house are stirred up by the arrival of Loomis, a mysterious man who we come to find is trying to find his wife after years on a chain gang. The play is about the aftermath of slavery and in some ways, each character represents a response to that horrible legacy. Seth, the boarding house owner, is trying unsuccessfully to get a business started and is all about work, o [...]

    • Colleen says:

      Joe Turner's Come and Gone is the second play in August Wilson's Century (or Pittsburgh) Cycle. As with the first play, Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner's Come and Gone is full of memorable characters living out their slice of African American life in 1911 Pittsburgh. The setting is a black boardinghouse run by Seth Holly and his wife, Bertha. The two compliment each other well. Seth is a stern, no- nonsense man who is not going to put up with crap from anybody, least of all his boarders. Bertha is [...]

    • Ian says:

      As I read Wilson's work it is becoming clear that the supernatural moments in some of the plays act as the peak of the plot. When it works really well, it will haunt a reader or a play goer for days on end. Such is the case with this play. He is known for his plays FENCES, which has no supernatural incident, and for THE PIANO LESSON, which did not really work for me in it's climax. JOE TURNER on the other hand left me anxious to see it performed live. It is the second play in the Ten play cycle [...]

    • Karen says:

      Excellent 2nd play in the Century cycle.

    • Robert Jersak says:

      It's my winter of Wilson. Trying for one play a week. This week, it was Joe Turner's Come and Gone. It's not as tight a script as Fences, and the tension isn't as immediately clear as it is in The Piano Lesson, but it's another brilliant play in the Pittsburgh series and it cuts deep. The intense post-traumatic stress of slavery has been addressed in other great works, but it's impact on relationships - intimate relationships, familial relationships, relationships to faith - is front-and-center [...]

    • Ash says:

      "Sometimes you can get all mixed up in life and come to the wrong place."- Bynum, Joe Turner's Come and GoneMy quest continues to get through August Wilson's Century Cycle. This time, it's Joe Turner's Come and Gone. It's 1911, the Era of the newly freed slaves making their way. Seth and Bertha Holly own a boardinghouse in Philadelphia.Among the tenants are Jeremy, a young guitar player and Bynum Walker, a rootworker aka a conjure man. Seth runs a tight ship but the residents live in a tough but [...]

    • Devyn Duffy says:

      First, disclosure: as a resident of Pittsburgh, I've seen two of Wilson's plays at the Downtown center named for him, one in its original setting at Wilson's former home, and Fences at the movie theater. When I visited the library and saw copies of the remaining plays on the shelf, I had to start borrowing them.If you've read and/or seen other plays in Wilson's Century Cycle, this one is similar. It's a story of African Americans in 1911 facing limited opportunities due to poverty and racism. To [...]

    • Eric says:

      The second in Wilson's Century Cycle, Joe Turner concerns the lives of African Americans living in a boardinghouse. Themes of identity and migration strongly at play here, much like with the previous Gem of the Ocean, with religious spectacle making for the more powerful scenes.

    • Adira says:

      I absolutely LOVED this play.Full review to come.

    • Vernon Jr. says:

      I've always enjoyed August Wilson's plays interpreted on stage and sitting down to read the play through brought home his use of language and storytelling of the Black experience.

    • Elisa says:

      In August Wilson’s play, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, there is little argument that one of the largest themes that runs throughout the script is that of finding one’s own path in life and choosing how to follow it. Seth Holly and Jeremy Furlow emerge as two examples. Seth stands throughout the story as a rock; a solid, powerful, testament to what hard work, and lots of it, can achieve. His tenant Jeremy, however, still dares to believe that dreams have a role to play in deciding what determ [...]

    • Jessica Barkl says:

      My schedule has not permitted my reading schedule to move forward, so, somehow I need to read the rest of the 10 plays this weekendwe'll see if I succeed. I re-read JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE this morning and it was better than I remember it. From Ben Brantley's 2009 New York Times Review:"Set in 1911 and the second chapter (chronologically) in Mr. Wilson’s 10-play cycle of the African-American journey through the 20th century, “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” is about nothing less than the [...]

    • Courtney H. says:

      Even with his economical approach, there's a wonderful cadence to Joe Turner. It helps that he makes excellent, if brief, use of his stage directions to direct his characters' motivations; it gives the dialogue a bit less heavy lifting (though it still does an enormous amount) and lets it be lyrical. At times it is more poem than play (The Piano Lesson, his next play, goes even further in this). This also is the first of the cycle in which Wilson injects the inexplicable (magical, mythical) into [...]

    • Brian McCann says:

      Lyricalrhaps a little too lyrical. There are so many metaphors at work that the narrative gets a little lost. Perhaps there is additional clarity in viewing this piece.

    • Vel Veeter says:

      I finally got the weird middle aged man at the library to talk with me. He’s mostly kind of chilly, but when I came up with an armload of August Wilson plays, it worked for him. He told me all about how people have been checking out his plays recently, how he read about Denzel Washington’s directorial choices for the new movie, all kinds of stuff.I really like reading the cast lists for these plays from the 1980s. In this one, we had Charles S Dutton of “Roc” and Alien 3 fame. And then i [...]

    • Steven says:

      I read this play for an Introduction to Theatre course. The storyline is very captivating.

    • Izetta Autumn says:

      I saw Joe Turner's Come and Gone in March at the Kennedy Center with Russell Hornsby as the lead. Aside from Hornsby being an absolutely phenomenal actor (catch him in Lincoln Heights this fall), Wilson's script is powerful.For those unfamiliar with Wilson's ten-play cycle, here's some background: Wilson, an extremely prolific playwright, made a commitment to write ten plays over a decade, each play corresponding to a decade in the lives and history of Black America - from Reconstruction to the [...]

    • Lauren says:

      Set in 1911 and the second entry in the Pittsburgh Cycle, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone is stronger than its predecessor but still left me wanting more. I’m torn about the ending, which was odd (albeit understandable) and anticlimactic. And it didn’t make sense to me. The statement the ending makes about black men and fatherhood confuses me and whether that was the intent or simply happenstance.But the rest of the play has interesting characters (although, come to think of it, a lot of the ma [...]

    • Ian Connel says:

      A wretched defense of irresponsibility.I read this for a college course and was horrified. The protagonist's goal is to find his daughter's mother so he discard his daughter and pursue his own interests. Somehow this is glorious because he is rejecting social mores imposed by whites. The evil of racism is undeniable, but children need their parents - both of them, no matter what color they are. Love is more important than racial identity.Further, the protagonist fails to make any social impact b [...]

    • Theresa says:

      The play was well written and filled with imagery and allusions to religion, politics, slavery, and cultural identity. I feel that reading and analyzing it enabled me to get some insight into the African-American Man. But that was about it. As a woman (of Caucasian origin at that)I did find it difficult to relate to any of the characters. The women were merely there as objects, lacking any sort of depth or contribution to the story itself.I suppose that in itself, that isn't so bad as the author [...]

    • Stephanie Folarin says:

      Joe Turner’s Come and Gone is a play by August Wilson that examines the comings and goings of lodgers in Seth Holly's boardinghouse over the course of approximately 2 weeks in Pittsburgh in 1911. The play has two Acts—Act 1 introduces themes of spirituality, identity, and migration. In Act 2, the characters in this play experience loneliness, enslavement, and rampant discrimination and racism in the south and north. My favorite character in this play is Bynum Walker. Walker is a voodoo man w [...]

    • Jason says:

      I'm working my way through August Wilson's "Pittsburgh Cycle" - trying to read them in order, but the first ("Gem of the Ocean") wasn't in my library and had to be ordered, so I stared w/ "Joe Turner." The only other Wilson play I've read to this point is "Fences," though I did see "The Piano Lesson" on Broadway many years ago. "Joe Turner" feels like a good play, though it doesn't read as strong as "Fences" does - there are some performative moments (particularly towards the end) that feel ambi [...]

    • Rachel says:

      I struggled to get through this play because of the formatting. I've not read very many plays, besides Shakespeare, and the novel in me wanted more details about the characters. It is clear that the best way to experience this text is on the stage and I would love to see a play of August Wilson's on stage one day.I read Joe Turner for my Ethnicity in Literature class and it sparked great discussion about slavery, racism, and religion. It was quick 90 page play but the impact outweighed the lengt [...]

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