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Ida A Novel Paperback – January 17, 2012
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"Stein constructs a cubist portrait or skewed biography of Ida [and her] contradictory desires—wanting a home, needing to escape; wanting to be known and not. [...] [T]here’s a bounty of tension and release [and] [r]elease from textual and narrative tension comes, in part, through Stein’s remarkable voice. [...] The editor, Logan Esdale, has written an excellent introduction (and notes throughout) containing necessary biographical and textual information." — Lynne Tillman, The New York Times Book Review
“The strangest book I read [when I was young] was Ida, by Gertrude Stein, which my mom gave to me without much fanfare. This must have been when I was in high school. It’s an odd book, with a telescoping narrator and that new-brain prose of Stein’s. My first encounter with very simple sentences looted of sense. I loved it.” — Ben Marcus, weirdfictionreview.com
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I always find it quite difficult to review Stein. I love her work, but as much for the poetry in it as for anything else. I find myself continually surprised and delighted by her wordplay and I have a hard time understanding why it seems to be pretty generally thought that she was difficult on purpose. As always, I don't find the text particularly difficult and I found myself coming away with a smile on my face from the fun and wordplay-- sensual love of the text. I'm willing to concede that maybe I'm just not genius enough to appreciate the really inaccessible bits, but then I don't really miss them.
Ida is an ordinary woman, with parts of her life extraordinary-- much like the lives of everybody. She has a twin (real or imaginary), dogs, husbands, ideas. And what happens is what happens to us all-- she lives her life.
I'd recommend it, but then I know that I really love Stein's work. If you haven't read her before then the The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas may be the best thing to get used to her diction.
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This book made no sense. There was no plot. It sounded like it was written by a hobo on acid. I did not enjoy it at all.Published 24 months ago by A. Katanic
Stein writes the most disturbing, unique prose structure I've ever read. I'm still confused. All I can say is, nothing happens and yes. Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by Jillian Igarashi