Recently, I have been taking a non-fiction writing course. In the class we have talked a great deal about memoirs. One of the major conclusions that one gets out of the class is that all memoir is fiction.
A person can’t remember every single detail of their life. In fact, they must fill in the blanks of their memory with imagination. Sometimes, authors screw around with the memory in order to appropriately convey what they were feeling at the time.
Now, I know that Dogeaters is fiction. Since it is fiction, I would have normally not had any reason to doubt
Pucha seemed unhappy about how she was portrayed. Because of this, I decided to look back at all the passages involving her. I wanted to see if there was room for misconception. After reviewing all the passages involving her, I started to think that Pucha’s letter probably has a great deal of truth to it, and that
Mistreatment of Pucha is first evident in the beginning, where
Later, on page 93,
There are numerous accounts just like this through out the book. Pucha is whining about something, being sexually suggestive in another part, or just being cruel. All of these accounts reinforce the fact that
To me, it is practically impossible that someone could be so devilish. However, if someone harbors a great deal of hostility towards another, they tend to change their memories of that person to reflect that. Since
However, one final thought. Maybe