This small event sets the stage for the rest of the book--it draws a narrative out of a mostly mundane moment and underscores the complicated nature of remembering events as they actually happened. She writes that because "everyone 'has' a memoir, we all have a stake in how such stories are told. For we do not, after all, simply have experience; we are entrusted with it." In the balance of the book, Hampl examines the autobiographical writings of St. Augustine, Anne Frank, Sylvia Plath, Edith Stein, and Czeslaw Milosz. In each instance, she attempts to uncover the writer's intentions and reveal the true secrets that lurk in the shadows of what's on the page. I Could Tell You Stories is an excellent investigation into what makes a story essentially worthy of being told and ultimately read--a good companion to whatever book is currently in your hands. --Jordana Moskowitz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An uneven collection of thoughtful, beautifully written pieces on storytelling, particularly memoir.Published 25 days ago by S. Donohue
I had to read this book for my comps in Creative Nonfiction. Compared to other writers (Didion, Dillard, Tobius Wolff, Eisley, Mairs) required for my major, I find Hampl's prose to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Rose A. Goergen
Essays on spiritual topics, reviews of books of interest to Christians. Each essay wrestles with an aspect of living as a Christian in today's world.Published 17 months ago by Gary A. Grelli
An excellent reminder of how culture is shaped by the stories that we tell about the things that we recall.Published 20 months ago by Timothy Hall, Ph.D.(c)
[...] I also recall that, "At the root of utterance," Patricia Hampl writes, "language conspires to be political, cohesive of the nation, a linguistic fortress preserving those... Read morePublished on May 28, 2008 by Binh H. Nguyen