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History or Messages from History

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Explores the meaning of history in oppositionto what Stein scholar Donald Gallup describes as "its narrative of past, present, and future events and rumors."
Paperback, 70 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Green Integer (first published 1956)
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Sara
Mar 06, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it
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The Rorschach of poetry. (Or is that the point of poetry at all?)

Part II; 7
"The lesson of history so she says is that he will do it again but will he we hope not."

Those gorgeous turns! First the preposterous idea that there is inarguably one lesson to be learned. (And is this lesson gleaned in retrospect? Or something more sinister: is History, that vengeful character, shaping this lesson, shaping our present?)

Then that the lesson is to accept the immutability of man's nature. Ha! In other wor
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This is a mighty little mad muffin of a book, published by some English-speaking obsessives in Copenhagen. One day, three centuries from now, great thinkers will realize that Gertrude was not kidding. Everything she says is absolutely true. But cannot be understood, as it's spoken. She has a planetary mirroring mind. Abetted by living in France, and perhaps not entirely grasping what people were saying around her constantly. Throughout this little book, really a pamphlet almost -- she keeps atte ...more
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Stein had a thing for mysteries and you can feel her guilty pleasure bleeding through this little book, with its periodic references to a rainy night (so noir!) outside a house where something -- but exactly what? -- has happened. "Everybody can be away for a minute" reads like an alibi, especially when paired with a timeline of random items like flowers and beans. What's it all mean, you ask. Well, that is the big question, isn't it? "This is historical in the best sense."
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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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“A frontier is a division between countries. A history of a country is not a history of the changing of frontiers although many think so particularly those near the frontier the history of a country is why they like things which they have and which they do not exchange for other things for which they do not care.” 3 likes
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