What’s the difference between a story and a lie?Posted on 13th September 2013
This comes from a book published in 1984, by the American author Paula Fox, called ‘The Servant’s Tale’:
“What’s the difference between a story and a lie?” I asked.
“A lie hides the truth, a story tries to find it,” Nana said, impatiently.
I strained to grasp her meaning.
“Don’t worry,” she said soothingly. “You’ll see it all some day.”
I understood enough to know that Nana saw what others couldn’t see: that, for her, the meaning of one thing could also be the meaning of a greater thing.