- Hardcover: 184 pages
- Publisher: Aegypan (1 Oct. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1598183389
- ISBN-13: 978-1598183382
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,903,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Three Lives Hardcover – 1 Oct 2006
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Consists of three character studies of women; "The Good Anna"--a kind but domineering German servingwoman; "Melanctha"--an uneducated but sensitive black girl; "The Gentle Lena"--a pathetically feebleminded young German maid. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
In these three stories, Gertrude Stein put into practice certain theories about prose composition that paralleled the ideas expressed in the art of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
All the stories are based in Bridgepoint USA within the mainly German community. As they are quite short I won't say too much.
`The Good Anna' - Cezanne
Anna Federner, single in her twenties, is a forthright thinking housekeeper for Miss Matilda. Her friend is widow Mrs Lehntman who helps out women in trouble. Anna bounces between other families, eg Dr Shonjen, and friends as she tries to impose her will on them.Read more ›
After having heard about this book for years from a dear Stein-devotee pal, I gave it a try. I must say that, not only was I disappointed in the so-called language experimentation, but I was just plain bored. I did not find the characters interesting; I did not get taken into their world view by the stream-of-consciousness writing style that is Stein's trademark; I did not feel like I learned anything. What truly convinced my pal that I am an artistic philistine - and I guess I am in her measure - is that I vastly preferred The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas, which was written for a popular audience (this is, clearly written and not with all the obscure and in my view idioitic word play).
Oh well, this review will no doubt get many "unhelpful" votes, but then, at least I looked at it honestly and and naively and gave it the effort an avant-garde classic deserves. NOT RECOMMENDED.