“Of the events of the war, I have not ventured to speak from any chance
information, nor according to any notion of my own. I have described nothing but
what I saw myself, or learned from others of whom I have made the most careful
and particular inquiry”.
Thucydides, Peloponnesian War.
“I’ve just jazzed mine up a little”.
Spike Milligan, WWII.
sng wrote:The difference is that nobody expects memory to be perfect. In the case of your grandad and his brother at least both of them think they're right and something happened. If we're going to call that fiction then not only memoirs but all other forms of history are fiction.
The line is fine but clear. Shit that you recall happening == stuff that can be put in a memoir. Shit that you randomly make up == fiction. To over think it much beyond that just seems like mental masturbation to me.
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