Quote: A Record

“A memoir provides a record not so much of the memoirist as the memoirist’s world.”

–Arthur Golden, Memory of a Geisha

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10 Comments

  1. Interesting quote!

    1. I thought so too. I had to read it a couple of times, but it’s true. It’s our world because it’s our perception, feeling and thoughts, unique to only us.

  2. Great quote. Helped me to realize sharing my world is exactly what I am trying to do with my memoir of high school days in the 1950s. Thanks for sharing!

    1. My pleasure Marianne. It helped me too!

    1. Me too! I read it for a class in college.

  3. Reblogged this on Thoughts Of An E'ville Woman and commented:
    Sharing Memoir Notes’ quote. I like!

    1. Thank you for sharing this.

  4. gmroeder

    Re Memoir or Revenge: Writing your memoirs is what it says: YOUR memories. There are many people in your life and you have to include them in your story if they had an impact on YOU but you don’t have to write THEIR story. You also have to have a statement at the beginning of your book regarding the content as “the way you remember it.” You can change names so that people don’t have to identify themselves with the people in your book even if you use your own name.
    I wrote a memoir “We Don’t Talk About That” about the first 30 years of my life. (www.giselleroeder.com) I used first names and initials for second names. Revies are such that from beginning to end the reader always knows “who is who” as time went on and they grew up or old.
    Working on my next 30 or 40 years of memories, a sequel requested by many readers I have more problems. The memories of some people close to me have their own and very different memories of things that happened, influenced by some vengeful people. It is difficult to tell the story and not easy to still include what has shaped or influenced my life. So, again, at the beginning of the book “…the way remember it”.. Just telling MY story and not more than necessary the story of people surrounding me.

    1. Thank you so much Giselle for this advice. I will most certainly use it.

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