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History or Messages from History (Green Integer) Paperback – April 1, 1997

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  • Series: Green Integer (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Green Integer (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557133549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557133540
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.2 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,790,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on June 9, 2002
"History or Messages from History" is a short work by the legendary Gertrude Stein. The back cover notes that this work was first written in 1930. It reads like an extended prose poem.
I found "History" to have an experimental flavor, but ultimately I found it largely incoherent. There are a number of cryptic or nonsensical statements on history. Examples: "In history one does not mention dahlias mushrooms or hortensias"; "Intention is not history nor finality finality is not history. Think what is history"; "What is history it does not leave dogs for cows."
Stein's language is occasionally whimsical, musical, and/or absurd. One fun snippet: "April is fully a holy day too / A holiday for a shoe." But overall, I didn't get much out of "History." Check it out if you're a hardcore Steinian.
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