FRIHOST FORUMS SEARCH FAQ TOS BLOGS COMPETITIONS
You are invited to Log in or Register a free Frihost Account!


How honest are autobiographies?





rameshbn1
Hello People,

Last night I was preparing a brief note about my career for inclusion with an article I co-authored. After finishing it, just as a funny exercise, I tried to write a five-page piece on my personal life. And I was really shocked to see how hard it was to keep things honest. Whenever I came to a really personal event, I would say to myself, hey, who would want to know about this? If I write about this, it might cause misunderstandings, so we'll leave it out...

And I wondered, how honest are the autobiographies we read and enjoy? who among those writers would have had the guts to expose the darker shades of their character? I mean, they were all human, weren't they?

Have anyone read what they felt to be a really honest autobiography?
.Locke
I think that autobiographies are only as honest as the person who wrote them.... and I have never meet anyone who hasn't told I lie... but I haven't read too many autobiographies so no I have never read one that I thought that.
palavra
Quote:
I will present myself, whenever the last trumpet shall sound, before the Sovereign Judge with this book in my hand, and loudly proclaim, "Thus have I acted; these were my thoughts; such was I. With equal freedom and veracity have I related what was laudable or wicked, I have concealed no crimes, added no virtues; and if I have sometimes introduced superfluous ornament, it was merely to occupy a void occasioned by defect of memory: I may have supposed that certain, which I only knew to be probable, but have never asserted as truth, a conscious falsehood. Such as I was, I have declared myself; sometimes vile and despicable, at others, virtuous, generous, and sublime; even as Thou hast read my inmost soul: Power Eternal! assemble round Thy throne an innumerable throng of my fellow-mortals, let them listen to my confessions, let them blush at my depravity, let them tremble at my sufferings; let each in his turn expose with equal sincerity the failings, the wanderings of his heart, and if he dare, aver, I was better than that man."



http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/r/rousseau/jean_jacques/r864c/book1.html

i read a translation of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
"The Confessions " when i was in secondary school.
and one week i couldn't get over.i deeply amazed of the expression of this first paragraph.
then i grew up and learnt lots of things that he mention in his book are not true.
Related topics
Honest doctor
can someone give me some honest opinion about my site
My Small Graphic Design Company
To be honest or not to be...
In Search of Non-Corrupt Politicians
How To Stop Him From Proposing
What Woman Wants?
looking Honest Exchange link partners
What can i say to a lady i dont love.`
Book Reading !!!!!and its Influence
Honest Critique please (Moderators encouraged!)
Brutally honest citique requested.
Seems to me its honest site to help people
Please give me some honest insight on my breakup?
Reply to topic    Frihost Forum Index -> Sports and Entertainment -> Literature

FRIHOST HOME | FAQ | TOS | ABOUT US | CONTACT US | SITE MAP
© 2005-2011 Frihost, forums powered by phpBB.