Heroes are highly selective of the stories they tell

City Hall Park (The Choice Of One Story Involves The Suppression Of Others) ©MAIERMOUL
City Hall Park (The Choice Of One Story Involves The Suppression Of Others) ©MAIERMOUL

Beckett, Barbara Hardy suggests, “shows that the choice of one story involves the suppression of others, and refuses to claim reliability for memory or art”;

so too do Homer and Joyce, whose heroes are highly selective of the stories they tell of their wandering adventures to their Penelopes when they return home to reclaim the hostly and paternal role.

– Alan W. Friedman, Party Pieces: Oral Storytelling and Social Performance in Joyce and Beckett
[fn Barbara Hardy, “Tellers and Listeners: The Narrative Imagination”]