The Story Of A Lie

This morning I watched the recording of last night’s rugby World Cup match between Uruguay and Namibia.

On an overcast day of showers and humidity I read Robert Louis Stevenson’s tale of this post’s title.

The story demonstrates how ultimately cruel it can be to be misguidedly kind. We have two filial relationships – one, where the father has been present throughout a loved life; the other that of a prodigal parasite who turns up to sponge after a lifetime’s absence. One sire is confronted by truth; the other offspring protected from it. Truth condemns the relationship for a decade; the avoidance of it destroys an adult love.

Stevenson’s insight into humanity runs throughout the tale, as does his descriptive power brought into play with simple sentences telling of place and environment. In particular he really taps into the phenomenon of characters in deep despair being oblivious of normal life around them.

Michael Foreman’s illustration to my Folio Society edition depicts a pivotal meeting.

This evening we all dined on cheese centred haddock fishcakes; piquant cauliflower cheese; with cauliflower leaves; boiled new potatoes; fried tomatoes; a crunchy carrots, with which Jackie drank more of the Zesty and I drank Hacienda Uvanis Garnacha Old Vines 2020.


  1. Thank you for your fabulous book review, Derrick … oh darn, I still have to login for every Comment I make… frustrating … best I go out for walkies with Frankie…

    1. Ivor, two things to try.
      Depending on your browser, Next time, look towards the middle/top left of the screen and check that there isn’t a pop up box asking you to allow pop ups from this site. If there is then click to allow.

      Another possibility might be to click the W (WordPress icon), the screen might flash once but then you should be able to leave your comment. This happens to me on all subscription WP sites when using my iPad. If this turns out to be the case let me know because there is a way around it via settings. ????

    2. Oops, I forgot about the question marks popping up on Derrick’s site instead of emojis. I wasn’t asking a question, so here we go 🙂 🙂 keyboard ones instead. I hope one of the solutions helps.

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