The Making of Americans
In The Making of Americans, Gertrude Stein sets out to tell "a history of a family's progress," radically reworking the traditional family saga novel to encompass her vision of personality and psychological relationships. As the history progresses over three generations, Stein also meditates on her own writing, on the making of The Making of Americans, and on America.
Title The Making of Americans
Author Gertrude Stein
Title First Published 01 December 1995
Nb of pages 925 p.
Publication Date 01 December 1995
Nb of pages 925
Dimensions 6 x 8 in.
List Price $19.95
Once an angry man dragged his father along the ground through his own orchard. "Stop !" cried the groaning old man at last. "Stop ! I did not drag my father beyond this tree."
It is hard living down the tempers we are born with. We all begin well, for in our youth there is nothing we are more intolerant of than our own sins writ large in others and we fight them fiercely in ourselves ; but we grow old and we see that these our sins are of all sins the really harmless ones to own, nay that they give a charm to any character, and so our struggle with them dies away.
Her major work deserves to be in print, and so it is shocking to realize that this is the first commonly available paperback of her magnum opus, one of those mammoth, monstrous books that's worth carrying around for weeks . . . [O]ne dips into these repetitive pages in the hope, usually justified, of learning something about the musical and syntactic possibilities of English prose. Many people find Bach tedious—all those variations and fugues—but in her way Stein is putting her sentences through the same kind of ingenious paces.
It is a shame that Stein's works are not better known for there are many levels to her literary and descriptive projects that continue to reach right to the heart of expressive language. The introduction and foreword to this massive novel offer some guidance to its general themes and project. More than anything Stein's work needs to be read aloud to savor the spoken tangle of work sense. Highly recommended.
This sober, tender-hearted, very searching history of a family's progress, comprehends in its picture of life which is distinctively American, a psychology which is universal. -Marianne Moore
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