Twilight has ratings and 85 reviews. Chris said: If you lived though the King beating and its aftermath, including the Riots. You really need to re. Anna Deavere Smith. Twilight: Los Angeles, page comprehensive study guide; Features 5 chapter summaries and 5 sections of expert analysis. Actress, playwright, and performance artist Anna Deavere Smith is best known Her latest work, Twilight: Los Angeles, , a performance piece dealing with.

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Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

Sheinbaum stated “at the same time, I had been on this kick, as I told you before, of The book plays with the emotions of the reader just like how the events surrounding the riots were ignited by the emotions of the affected.

Anna Deavere Smith is an twilignt, a teacher, twikight playwright, and the creator of an acclaimed series of one-woman plays based on her interviews with diverse voices from communities in crisis. To ask other readers questions about Twilight xmith, please sign up. Nov 28, Tatiana rated it really liked it Shelves: I dislike books that are too one-sided because they never mention what the other side feel and what if they are in their shoes.

This page was last edited on 18 Augustat People may think that such victimization brings compassion towards everyone and promotes the want for equality. If the book suffers from anything, it’s a sense twiligbt there are many many The first hand accounts of the LA Riots, transcribed in a faithful manner by Smith and translated to the stage are still fascinating in book form.


The description is very long but gives a strong idea of the type of family the Parks are. It treads on new ground covering the LA riots and does so through the eyes of those who were at the very heart of the chaos. If so, Smith does effectively. Some people may say skith the officer was doing their job within their parameters and there was no brutality through overpowering the other.

Return to Book Page. Snith is the city we are living in. It is understandable considering that some of the characters are ex-gang members or just simply people who tend to smiith a lot. Nearly 3 decades later, I am astounded that so little has changed. A work that goes directly to the heart of the issues of dsavere and class, Twilight ruthlessly probes the language and the lives of its subjects, offering stark insight into the complex and pressing social, economic, and political issues that fueled the flames in the wake of the Rodney King verdict and ignited a conversation about policing and race that continues today.

She may be asking the questions, but these are not her words. These pages include more of the interviews, and each interview is presented as a kind of lyric. Now since this book has the setting of California, we can talk about it in the special genre that is California literature.

From nine months of interviews with more than two hundred people, Smith has chosen the voices that best reflect the diversity and tension of a city in turmoil: Each chapter of the play is a performance of the dialogue of what each interviewee said.


It was shocking to me that the events of this book the ’92 riots in LA happened during my lifetime, and yet I knew so little about them. Through these accounts, many of them harrowing and many of them heart-breaking, we begin to get a picture of the people of Los Angeles and their fraught relationship with each other and the police. The text on its own, too–with Smith’s added stage directions, etc–is striking and gives those of us who were either too young, too far away or both the opportunity to experience the riots through the eyes of those who were there and who were affected in very real and very frightening ways by the violence and turmoil.

That is what the readers get out of reading that. Sep 05, Ashley rated it really liked it. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. How can it be that white residents of a city like L.

Having lived in LA, it also impacted me a bit more viscerally than it did the first time I read it. The riot was sparked by the brutally beaten of an African American man by four white policemen.

Twilight: Los Angeles, by Anna Deavere Smith

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Everyone should read this book.