MRS. REYNOLDS • Gertrude Stein

Sun & Moon Press / paperback / 1987

The world in motion, a world of change is the subject of this revelatory fiction; and in maxims, riddles, foretellings, and predictions Stein reveals those changes, past and future, that all of us must suffer wehn “the sun moves so fast.”

In this political parable, "the occurrences of Mrs. Reynolds' life revolve around the shadows of two men: Angel Harper (a thinly-veiled Adolf Hitler) and Joseph Lane (recognizable as Joseph Stalin)."  These figures transform the daily life of Mrs. Reynolds, who “likes roses to be roses,” into a world of worry, a world in which she can no longer be certain “if she knew what it was that was true.” For as Stein writers, “....Suddenly in 1940 the United States of America instead of being part of a big flat land illimitably flat, the land against which Christopher Columbus  bumped himself, became part of the round world that goes around and around.” 

︎ Condition note: A used book in good condition / tanning / fading  shelfwear / light corner bumps / binding is tight / pages are clean and free of marks