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Wars I Have Seen

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  54 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Genre/Form: Biography
Personal narratives, American
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946.
Wars I have seen.
New York : Random House, c1945
Named Person: Gertrude Stein
Material Type: Biography
Hardcover, First , 259 pages
Published 1945 by Random House, Inc.
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Jun 30, 2008 Beccasaurus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of experimental narrative
this was the most readable and enjoyable book by gertrude stein that I have ever attempted. I read the whole thing! Anyone who has tried to sink their teeth into a really promising looking Gertrude Stein novel, say, The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas, will understand that that is truly a ringing endorsement of this book. In this book, Gertrude Stein writes about living in the French countryside during WWII. I have to admit she makes it sound wonderfully idyllic - probably because she was not li ...more
Aug 15, 2014 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intensely interesting and highly readable, but I am disappointed that Stein said nothing about concentration camps or what was happening to the Jews. Stein loves repetition, but I think she also like omission. There are things she avoids confronting, esp. the unpleasant.
Michael Selvin
One of the worst written books I have ever read. What she believes is new writing is incompressible. No punctuation. Long, run-on sentences. Paragraphs have no organization and no beginning or end. She does make some good points on the its repetitive and you have to wade through a lot to find them. Sorry, Gertrude.
I picked this up at the library and about eight pages in I could not stand it anymore. This is not to say that I think the book is bad, but the language and grammar was difficult for me--it felt like the book was going nowhere but just rambling on and on. I should like to try to read it again when I have the patience, because I feel like it has some interesting and important ideas and observations. Plus I am a fan of Stein's poetry.
Andrew Stansbury-Cecil
a perspective on world war two by an american living in france. the most human way to learn about war. some mention of the boer war and the first world war. interesting comparisons. talks about the daily life of people during the wars. includes what is not remembered and what is remembered. written in a conversational manner and is super easy to read (as far as stein goes).
Apr 18, 2008 Ploetzly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i read this the summer before 911, because i felt a war coming on. somehow i thought that reading this would make me feel prepared. i like that a lot of it is just about the normal things of her life like making food, just that normal things still go on in times of war.
Nov 04, 2007 Tom rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ha. See my shelf! I notice Beth is reading The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas and wonder how she's surviving. I cannot stand Stein's abysmal "style."
May 22, 2013 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
let go first. then read this.
Mar 27, 2013 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
tough slogging
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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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