Friday Morning Bookclub

October 21, 2012

Quote Of The Week…..For Us Fiction Lovers!

Filed under: Quote Of The Week — susanbright @ 12:25 pm
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“Fiction and nonfiction are not so easily divided. Fiction may not be real, but it’s true; it goes beyond the garland of facts to get to emotional and psychological truths. As for nonfiction, for history, it may be real, but its truth is slippery, hard to access, with no fixed meaning bolted to it. If history doesn’t become story, it dies to everyone except the historian.”

Yann Martel 1963-

(author of  Beatrice and Virgil, Life of Pi)

Yann Martel – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



  1. And I think it was Maya Angelou who said that you could hide the truth with facts. I’m paraphrasing, but she was talking about the difference between using the imagination to say something true – something memoirists have to strive for.

    Comment by Gabi Coatsworth — October 21, 2012 @ 12:40 pm | Reply

    • Yes, it was Maya Angelou. Another good quote! “There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.” Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

      Comment by susanbright — October 21, 2012 @ 2:00 pm | Reply

  2. I often find it easier to absorb history through reading great fiction that has great research behind it, such as Sandra Gulland’s excellent trilogy about the life of Josephine Bonaparte. Having just read a nonfiction history book Black Count, about the father of the novelist Alexandre Dumas, that book works really well because the author writes the story in a compelling way as if it were fiction.

    Comment by Claire 'Word by Word' — October 25, 2012 @ 12:37 pm | Reply

    • Hi Claire, I have learned so much from reading historical fiction. They can be educational as well as entertaining. i would, however like to attempt reading more non fiction. I will definitely check out Black Count. Thank you!.

      Comment by susanbright — October 25, 2012 @ 1:16 pm | Reply

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