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Every story in it is told as Alice herself had always told it In this way my new full life began.

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein

Years I had seen them during my mother’s 75th birthday celebrations last January Toklas work by Stein. Also there’s aljce fact that Toklas always remains on the fringe of this great group. They distributed clothing and other goods to soldiers and people that were wounded or displaced by the war. When I was about nineteen years of age I was a great admirer of Henry James.

He also told me that a hostess should never apologise for any failure in her household arrangements, if there is a hostess there is insofar as there is a hostess no failure. From a more serious stance, it could be interpreted as quite controlling I wonder if the reason you don’t see this mooted is because both partners were women and readers are less likely to [want to] see it that way.

I enjoyed the novel.

The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas, by Gertrude Stein

Here’s what I know about Gertrude Stein: What makes this book tomlas for me is this interesting idea: His father left his mother just after their marriage, to fight at the barricades in Paris, but his wife having cut off his supplies, he soon returned and led the life of a conservative well to do land owner.


View all 24 comments. Maybe you would be brought to it, as I was, by the Woody Allen movie “Midnight in Paris,” which had scenes that were inspired by this memoir. View all 19 comments.

A couple of months back, i. And yet this novel does draw you in. I have never been more interested in reading more by Stein. She next discusses spending the summer with Gertrude in FiesoleItalywhile Picasso goes to Spain. Rather than dishing out the dirt on these famous men and women as Hemingway did in A Moveable Feastshe chooses instead to just rattle off the names of people who visited her and Gertrude Stein, sprinkled with little anecdotes that are either boring despite themselves according to this book, World War One really wasn’t so bad at all, and Toklas spends the most time telling us how hard it was to go on vacation during the war because she had trouble with her passportor are just plain boring.

I forewent the chance of having a memento from a fascinating literary non-fiction character. I am going to write it as simply as Defoe did the autobiography of Robinson Crusoe. Did she want to?

The toilas collectivist viewpoint similar to people who think women have more obligation to vote than do men, because of suffragettes tries to place extra social burdens and duties on an individual woman tye which a man would not be subject.

Toklas herself think about this book, later in life? Jul 12, Aubrey rated it liked it Shelves: Mina Loy equally interested was able to understand without the commas. Apr 12, El rated it really liked it Shelves: Her comments on Hemmingway are hysterical and on the whole I have a great weakness for facilitators of art, and this book was very validating in that regard.


In no one of the three cases have I been mistaken.

He was charming and Gertrude Stein liked him very much. Maybe you want to read about Paris during World War I, and how empty of men the world had seemed then. Open Preview See a Problem? Stein ran an artistic hub from her zutobiography and around her formed an important circle of writers, artists and thinkers. Jeanette Winterson has argued that this is a development of the type of writing Woolf did in Orlando. Another reason why this book is memorable for me!

As I was saying we were all living comfortably together and there had been in my mind no active desire or thought of change. Whether the voice which emerges is authentically that of Toklas I don’t know, but the conversational style is very convincing and comes complete with non sequiturs and digressions.

This is a very niche book, but if you fit into that niche then this is essential reading. If Stein accurately reproduced the rhythm and content of Toklas’ conversation, then Toklas was probably best taken in small doses.

There the couple makes friends with a coterie of Russian artists, but they constitute no artistic movement. Having just re-read Ernest Hemingway’s A Goklas Feast recently, it was definitely cool to read Stein’s account of the same time and place.

Lists with This Book. And that’s my main problem with this book; Stein isn’t the epoch-making writer that she believes herself to be. Alice goes to bed early.