Pages 13 and 14 are seemingly one contradiction after another. It's bad to write facts wrong, but you only have to be right 85% of the time in non-fiction. Imagination is more important than knowing facts. "I never thought I had to believe everything I ever said."
It's very confusing, but there seems to be some logic:
Avoiding "facts written wrong" seems to be what he was planning originally, before he discovered JD had already written the book he was always going to write. But he never wrote the "unauthorized autobiography" because he was given a copy of Kismet as a kid and that seems to have busted his self confidence. He seems to say it would be truthful whether it was complimentary (to others or himself?) or not.
But JD insinuated to f he should write his autobiography, this time with imagination inspired by Einstein and up to 15% dubious facts. "Facts written wrong" are presumably OK, since imagination is more important than knowledge.
Then he says he's basically going to finish JDs book with this one and add important stuff from when he was a kid.
Add to that the fact that many speculate JD modeled Holden Caulfield after himself, and you might think novel Catcher in the Rye disguises an autobiography with "the facts written wrong." Then add that f ended up with a memoir, not an autobiography or a novel and you have the most confusing two pages in the book, imo. But he thinks JD knows he read his book. Presumably if we read f's book closely enough, f will know too.
Post by zaphod73491 on May 22, 2020 23:28:28 GMT -5
Probably the worst statement Forrest ever made was the 85% one in TTOTC. That has provided excuses for armies of searchers with crappy solutions that have elements that violate statements Forrest has made at one time or another. As long as the violations don't exceed 15%, searchers think they're good. Desperation.
@jenny I have a bunch of notes in my book, but I don't know of anyone who has put together a public list.
@zap I'm not sure why people would apply the 85% quote to the clues in the poem when he says to follow them precisely. Hints are very much fair game though. I'm also guessing f is pleased with how his 85% quote has been interpreted, especially if it is throwing people off.