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Crease to lower corner, o/wise 272 clean well bound pp, For Gertrude Stein and her companion Alice B. Toklas, life in Paris was based upon the rue de Fleurus and the Saturday evenings and ‘it was like a kaleidoscope slowly turning’. Picasso was there with ‘his high whinnying spanish giggle’, as were Cezanne and Matisse, Hemingway and Fitzgerald. As Toklas put it – ‘The geniuses came and talked to Gertrude Stein and the wives sat with me’. A light-hearted entertainment, this is in fact Gertrude Stein’s own autobiography and a roll-call of all the extraordinary painters and writers she met between 1903 and 1932. Audacious, sardonic and characteristically self-confident, this is a definitive account by the American in Paris. review >>> The readable Gertrude. The post war years in Paris with Gertrude and Picasso as a hub are endlessly fascinating to me at least. Read this first, then Hemingway's A Moveable Feast, dealing with a lot of the same characters and events. Then Julia Child's autobiography about her time in Paris during and after the war. and >>>> What she does she does to disrupt time what she does she does to create a portrait of herself what she does she does to amuse herself. She does this through Alice because Alice is there Alice is always there. review >>> Love this book, and this adorable genius. The content enraptures, the form befuddles and tickles the senses. Stein simultaneously masks and reveals herself, depending on the audience (stranger or friend), speaking to each quite intentionally.