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Three Lives & Tender Buttons

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Three short stories and prose poetry by the famous feminist... Three Lives is "a fine new kind of realism." (William James)

Tender Buttons is "to writing what cubism is to art." (W.G. Rogers)
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 4th 2003 by Signet
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Apr 25, 2016 Paige rated it did not like it
So I had to read this for my Modernist Women Writers class and we've already read Three Lives last week and discussed it and now we're going to discuss Tender Buttons so I might change this review if that classroom discussion can somehow save this book for me. I honestly highly doubt that though. Three Lives made me want to jump out of a window. All the repetition, and repetition, repetition, and some more repetition. If you couldn't handle that sentence whatever you do, do not read this book. I ...more
Mar 11, 2015 Mat rated it really liked it
Three Lives is...magnificent, ground-breakingly original, exciting, controversial, ahead-of-its-time...These are just a few adjectives that come immediately to mind when I think of this book.

For those who say that Gertrude Stein is 'difficult' to read, then boy try reading Faulkner or Joyce...Stein is a walk in the park in comparison to those guys. I really loved the Melanctha story, although devastatingly tragic. But Stein is the master at painting the beautiful but complex contradictions in i
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May 07, 2013 Frankie Reeves rated it liked it
In honesty, I don't know if it was the best idea putting these two books together. Although I suppose I didn't have to read them back to back, but it's hard to put a book down when you haven't literally got to the end! These are intense works, rich in detail and word play - Stein has the amazing and quite unique quality of creating so much meaning with so little literal sense, it's truly astounding, but you have to work for what you get out of it. Remarkable, but challenging.
Oct 05, 2011 Margaret rated it it was ok
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We had to read Tender Buttons for my Modernism class.

"The result the pure result is juice and size and baking and exhibition and nonchalance and sacrifice and volume and a section in division and the surrounding recognition and horticulture and no murmur." Gertrude Stein.

Yeah, the whole thing is like that. Or, to put it another way.

Stein is crazy apple roastbeef pink ribbon but maybe crazy good crazy, chicken feeling Gertrude is.

Follow her on Twitter @ImGertrudeStein
Sep 07, 2010 Andy rated it liked it
I fully respect what Stein was trying to do...well, I guess what she actually did and why, but I never want to read the story of Melanctha again in my life. No never no more do I want to read Melanctha. Never no more in my life do I want to read Melanctha. No never no more again.
Jun 20, 2007 Carrie rated it it was ok
I liked one of the lives better than the other two.
Mar 14, 2008 Cass rated it it was amazing
I love Tender Buttons.
May 17, 2010 Nathen added it
three lives is excellent and refreshing still to this day.
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Gertrude Stein was an American writer who spent most of her life in France, and who became a catalyst in the development of modern art and literature. Her life was marked by two primary relationships, the first with her brother Leo Stein, from 1874-1914, and the second with Alice B. Toklas, from 1907 until Stein's death in 1946. Stein shared her salon at 27 rue de Fleurus, Paris, first with Leo an ...more
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