Top stories (in random order) Reading Life Best of British Short Stories for 2012-
1. "iAnna" by Will Self
2. "The Heart of Dennis Noble" by Alison Macleod"
3. "I Arrive First" by Emma Jane Unsworth
4. "All I Know About Gertrude Stein" by Jeanette Winterson
5. "An Appointment with Mr. Hemingway" by Jonathan Trigell (a very good story on which I did not post.)
I have also read and will not be posting on stories by HP Tinker and Robert Shearman.
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, which I posted on sometime ago. I also read and greatly enjoyed her very creative novel, Powerpoint.
"All I Know About Gertrude Stein" is a very creatively designed story that draws you in from the start. It is a story about two women, both on journeys motivated by love. It starts out with Alice B. Toklas in 1907 who has just arrived in Paris to meet a woman who will become her lifetime love and partner, the famous author, Gertrude Stein. The story after the opening paragraph takes us to 2011 and we are on the Eurostar traveling with a woman from London, Louise, also on her way to Paris. "Louise was traveling alone because she was trying to understand something about love." Much like the relationship of Alice B. Toklas to Stein, Louise's lover was a much more important person than she was, Louise is defined as the love interest of a greater in the eyes of the world person.
We learn good bit about the facts of the life of Toklas and Stein in this wonderful story, it flips back and forth between Louise and them. Louise's segment is devoted a lot to her reflections on the nature of love. The thoughts are wonderful and will make you think about your relationships, present, past or hoped for one day.
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My thanks to Max u for giving me a gift card that allowed me to read and post on this story.
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