Yiyun Li On The Malleability Of Our Past
Our memories tell more about NOW than THEN.
Yiyun Li, the author of Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life, knows this too well. In this books she explains how deceptive our minds can be about our past. She writes:
"Our memories tell more about now than then. Doubtless the past is real. There is no shortage of evidence: photos, journals, letters, old suitcases. But we choose and discard from an abundance of evidence what suits us at the moment. There are many ways to carry the past with us: to romanticize it, to invalidate it, to furnish it with revised or entirely ﬁctionalized memories. The present does not surrender so easily to manipulation."Since our past memories are like dough in the hands of our present self. We must be careful as to how we knead and shape them.
Many thanks to Penguin Books (UK) for review copy. You can purchase a copy of the book at Amazon and other major online bookstores.
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