Because – like literature – history is about telling tales from perspectives coloured by the teller’s personal experiences. So witness this book drum rendering of To Kill a Mockingbird, which has [noted in an ironic but related aside to my main point] 42 likes as of July 10, 2015. What book drum makes apparent (whether or not you agree or disagree with the drummer’s ‘interpretation of the book they are ‘drumming’) is the idea that books, stories, histories (real or fictional), people [characters] are read differently by different people… They are, of course, written differently by different people. And will always be so…. unles of course we are all cloned. Isn’t the notion of no absolutes both scary and liberating?
I love the fact – also – that histories and stories can go on and on, endlessly retold, reassembled, reinvented, reassessed. Witness Paul Theroux’s interactions with novel ,with novel writer, with Monroeville – Maycomb.