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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2001
I had the extreme pleasure of sitting in two classes with Ms. Smith as she talked about Twilight. It is a wonderful work with a documentary foundation that educates you on the happenings during the infamous Los Angeles riots, from Korean shopkeepers to Black gang members to White-male politicians--Smith has made sure every reader gets the full spectrum of views. Each monologue is actually an interview Smith personally conducted; each are placed in an order that somehow manages to flow together to tell a collective story of an unfortunate occurence in recent American history and justice. It will remind you that the passions of the event had personal roots for all involved.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2000
Even though the reading of this book can't really capture all of the essence of seeing it staged, Anna Deveare Smith's Twilight is still something that should be bought. She takes interviews and performs the poeple exactly the way they are in order to reveal a truth. It's very moving.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2005
This play offers the viewer a chance to reflect on recent history in California. It is an intelligent look at the discussion of race in America. Any chance for thoughtful self-evaluation is an opportunity to grow and learn. Anna Deavere Smith's work is grand.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2001
Anna Deavere Smith truly brought out what the LA riots of 1992 were about. She shows us how blind we can all be, how an action of one person can actually cause the suffering of another for the rest of their lives. It was scary to think that this could have happened anywhere, or anytime. She showed us that sometimes, we have to open out eyes and watch was is going on around us. It was a great experience. The characters touched me deeply. I recommend it to everyone.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 1997
A brilliant and provocative work, one that truly captures the American conscious during a benchmark moment in our history. Lest we forget ourselves in the years to come, we have "Twilight" to help us reflect and remember
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 1999
This is a must read if you really want to understand Los Angeles and the fabric that connets communities.
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I get what Smith is going for here, I think, and I will admit that it sounds like it would go over well on stage. As it is, the faux-conversational cadence of the book as written is a little bit distracting. The subject of this book is one that should clobber you over the head while grabbing your attention. I myself could never really get past the abbreviated prose. It comes off as a bit too-clever-by-half for me...
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on February 12, 2013
I read this book in my English 1A class.
It was easy to read and very interesting.
The 1992 events of Los Angeles are evoked from so many points of view.
It shows how people are divided but still have hope that things are going to improve.
For any one which is interested in the riots of 92 or making research on the subject, this book is a "must have".
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on March 9, 2015
Great book, needed it for class.
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on July 31, 2015
I did not buy this book.
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