Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Other Identities. Front Cover. Anna Deavere Smith. Anchor Books/Doubleday, – Drama – pages. : Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities ( ): Anna Deavere Smith, Anna Deavere Smith: Books. Fires in the Mirror has ratings and 50 reviews. Cat said: This play made me fall in love with Anna Deavere Smith. Fires in the Mirror focuses on th.

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To ask other readers questions about Fires in the Mirrorplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 19, Cat Gemkow rated it it was amazing Anba This play made me fall in love with Anna Deavere Smith. Fires in the Mirror focuses on the real life racially charged riots in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

The play explores the pain of prejudice in Jewish and Black American cultures in the format of several monologues given from varied perspective of members of the community.

Not shying away from the intense reality, Deavere asks an important questions regarding daevere slavery, prejudice, and genocide. One of the This play made me fall in love with Anna Deavere Smith. One of the most powerful one woman shows I have ever read and one that I would insist anyone who has questions about the everyday fear of being a minority should read, as well.

Mar 11, Jennifer Collins rated it really liked it Shelves: Although this was definitely meant to be staged as opposed to read, it’s still worth discovering as a reader since subtleties of character are explored and in some cases explained or defended, in relation to the writer’s choices as based on the real people who are characters are based off of.

It does start off slowly.

Since the beginning of the book examine the context of the play, and the deaths that set off the Crown Hill riots in the early 90s, the reader is invested in those events.

The be Although this was definitely meant to be staged as opposed to read, it’s still worth discovering as a reader since subtleties of character are explored and in some cases explained or defended, in relation to the writer’s choices as based on the real people who are characters are based off of.

The beginning of the play itself, though, after setting out the deaths, takes a step back to discover Jewish and African American life in the area, before moving forward to what the reader was expecting. The choice makes sense, in terms of power and in terms of the writer’s goal, but it does make for something of a slow-down, and I have to admit that I also felt the last pieces of the play were short in comparison. That said, I have a feeling the introductions have something to do with that–they built up Figes project and the play in such a way that I was expecting a lot, whereas I might have been more impressed with the play itself had I not read those introductions.

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They are worthwhile, and there’s nothing to really be given away a might happen with another work’s introduction, but it’s worth noting for readers who are heading into this. Of course, whether or not deavefe play would be so powerful without some of that extra understanding The author depicts hate deafere committed by African Americans against Jews as a situation where “misunderstandings” and “cultural differences are the cause?

I’ve tue heard someone of African American decent refer to hate crimes against black folks in a similar manner, have you? Why doesn’t she write books that document hate crimes against African Americans in a similar manner? She also neglects to mention that Black on Jewish violent crime was rampant before this incident, but not visa versa. The elephant in the room is that this kind of thugy behavior by black folks is the same way the KKK treated them, although the KKK had better excuses then a “car accident”.

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The car accident was the excuse the racist lynch mob used, and all lynch mobs have their amith. Black folks sure don’t get enraged when they are the perpetrators of violent crime against the elderly yet they go bonkers when a Jewish guy commits smihh car accident? Just a bunch of opportunists. It shows the blind spots we have when it comes to race that no one is deabere little suspicious about a black woman shaping a hate crime her people committed in a way that sees all sides as equally credible.

The author and her fans seem oblivious to the fact that all lynch mobs have their excuses, yet I don’t see books about exploring the lynch mob and their supporters side when the victims are black, do you?

Deavfre 25, WaiThain fiires it did not like it. I did not find this book interesting because the monologues are too one-sided. Through the monologues, most interviewees say figes they try to understand people of different races but it is hard because of cultural differences.

At the same time, people choose to remain the way they are and not to share themselves with others. In I did not find this book interesting because the monologues are too one-sided.

In addition, it seems like that most of them fail to notice that there are other problems beside the one between Jews and Blacks. Since many are concerned with this issue, it creates discrimination by excluding people of other colors. No one wants to take responsibility for what happened, so the Jews and the Blacks keep on blaming each other.

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It is like a soccer game with the ball being kicked around until it gets into the goal. However, the fans, which represent either the Jewish or Black community, will always support the team that they have come for. Anna Deavere Smith tries to create diversity, but the interviews did not take into account of how other races feel toward the issues being discussed in the monologues.

There are others who have been through the same sufferings as Blacks and Jews did. Feb 12, Andrew Sullar rated it did not like it. Dec 08, Benewaa rated it really liked it.

Anna Deaveree Smith’s goal for this book was to get the inside story from both the black community and the Jewish community. This book was inspired by the riot in Brooklyn regarding a black boy who died in a car accident. The community describes the driver of the car ridiculous and also he was speeding. This car accident sparked a riot between the Hasidic Jewish community and the Black community because both communities felt betrayed and they also associated this with racism and their pass Anna Cires Smith’s goal for this book was to get the inside story from both the black community and the Jewish community.

This car accident sparked ni riot between the Hasidic Jewish community and firres Black community because both communities felt betrayed and they also associated this with racism and their pass sufferings. The author of the book did research and she also interviewed members of each community to get their perspective on this incidence and also why are they participating.

In most interviews, many of the Blacks were very angry because they claimed the driver of that car was speeding in a residential area and he knew he could have cause problems. Their biggest worry was why didn’t he get prosecuted. According to the Jewish community this was just an accident and many people are involving other incidence from the pass just to create a bigger problem and get attention.

Overall, both communities did not have respect for their cultures therefore, they said whatever they want to get on each others’ bad side. Nov 23, Qi Yin rated it liked it Recommends it for: Anna Deavere Smith interviews various people who are directly and indirectly involved in the Crown Height neighborhood.

Smith tries to reveal both Black and Jewish view of the event and the truth of the Crown Height incident that happened where a little Fjres boy was killed by a car; and a Jewish man was stabbed and died. Anna Deavere Smith has a lot of opposing side of the event where a Black person has a totally different perspective of the death of the even than a Jewish person. She also expresses that the cause of the whole incident is because both Black and Jewish people are not trying to understand each other even thought they are living in the tue community.

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I like how Anna Deavere Smith portrays the Crown Height incident because as the author she did not take position on what she personally think is true but uses monologues of different people who are involved to portray the whole incident with as little bias as possible; even though there is bias within what everybody has to say. However, it is the readers’ decision of what to believe. Dec 03, Elliot Ratzman rated it really liked it Shelves: Smith interviewed Caribbean and Hasidic residents of Crown Heights, Brooklyn shortly after the tragedy of August Every speaker is an unreliable narrator, filled with prejudice, rage and conspiracy theory.

The days of riots that ensue, enflamed by ethnic tensions and rabble-rousers, results in the stabbing death of an orthodox Jewish scholar.

Smith interviewed the principle characters, bystanders, commentators and community leaders, recording their words and manners then acting them out on stage. The transcripts on the page are at best a back-up to be reviewed after screening. This edition has an excellent preface by a younger Cornel West and an intro by Smith: Jun 02, Rinchen rated it liked it.

I enjoyed reading this book because it was talking about an actual event that had occurred in the past, in this city. What i liked most about it was that since it was a monologue, it had the opinions of so many people that you really start to understand the issue and how it affected everyone.

This quote is describing how different races are competing to be the “best”. It’s almost like these two groups are impossible to get along with. In the time that i was reading this it got me into a lot of thinking because the themes that come up in this book really make you wonder about the society in which we live in and the promblems that we face that we don’t necessary always bring up.

Apr 07, Janaya rated it it was amazing. I had no idea that this happened until I read the book. The collection presents many perspectives, which are familiar to me as being an African American with family members who hold similar thoughts about non-black people. But it was nice to see the Jewish perspective the events at hand.

I could understand both sides frustration but what I think the essential issue of the two was is that they both have a history of being shunned by those outside of their groups. Yet, Jewish people were are mor I had no idea that this happened until I read the book. Yet, Jewish people were are more easily able to assimilate in American society because of their skin color.

Black people will always be considered, more directly and openly, an outside, ostracized group, because of the melanin of their skin. I am not ranking which group “has it the hardest” because essentially that does not matter. But I feel like beyond the car accident, that’s what caused the racial tensions in Crown Heights. Sep 01, David rated it it was ok. I understand that the play, in which one actress takes on the roles of a dozen or so people – Black, Jewish, and otherwise – affected by the Crown Heights riots, is an impressive piece of theatrical art.

Just reading the monologues here, however, didn’t do much for me. For one, the formatting is bizarre, with frequent line breaks like poetry that really interrupted my sense of a real character speaking. For another, although I really do recognize the author’s attempt to create a “Rashamon” style I understand that the play, in which one actress takes on the roles of a dozen or so people – Black, Jewish, and otherwise – affected by the Crown Heights riots, is an impressive piece of theatrical art.