True Stories and Stories that tell the Truth

Aside

A reflection on the use of ‘story’ to tell the truth. 

 

My Grandmother used to say “are you telling me a story?”

meaning “are you telling me a lie?”

 

“Telling stories” has a bad press!

And yet there are true stories and there are stories that tell the truth

 

In a novel “Mourning Roby” by Helen Dunmore, Rebecca the young mother who has lost an only child is told, “sometimes the real story doesn’t tell you the truth.”

 

 

Anthony J Sargeant

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