Does this book prove real-life is stranger than fiction?

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Re: Does this book prove real-life is stranger than fiction?

Post by sheeps44 » 17 Jul 2018, 09:57

Real-Life stories can be just as strange as fiction for real-life stories don't have the added benefit of Suspension of Disbelief, meaning that it is nearly incomprehensible when something phenomenal happened since you feel the need to ask questions.

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Post by Abigail R » 19 Jul 2018, 09:42

I think that the author himself said that although the people and the friendship are real, majority of the story is fiction. So I am sure that he exaggerated details to make a good story.

Real-life often feels stranger than fiction because even with the best imagination, books and movies don't always feel quite real. When something odd happens in daily life, it takes strange to a new level.

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Post by Anthony Martial Tata » 20 Jul 2018, 03:23

The title is metaphorical. I wonder if someone could actually swallow a sword. Looking forward to read the book.

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Post by RebeccasReading » 20 Jul 2018, 19:22

Anytime I see "based on a true story", I take it with a grain of salt. I assume that the overall themes and stories of the books are true, but the details are probably improvised. Real life doesn't always have riveting dialogue or perfectly wrapped up story lines. I don't mind if authors make some minor adjustments to make a smoother story. However, the core of the stories should be true. If not, the author is just a fraud.

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Post by Amy+++ » 21 Jul 2018, 02:09

I haven't read the book, but I do believe that sometimes real life can be stranger than fiction. After all don't we always say "Stranger things have happened." When we see something strange happening right in front of us.

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Post by Anthony Martial Tata » 21 Jul 2018, 07:21

That's more of a real life stranger than a fiction. All in all I enjoyed reading it.

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Post by xBibliobibulix » 22 Jul 2018, 16:46

I have read many memoirs and through them I have learned that reality can seem a lot stranger than fiction. People's lives are complex and complicated, people have unique skills and live unique lives. I don't have trouble finding memoirs to be real anymore because I have read many different ones. Of course there is always a chance something is untrue but it is more unlikely than it being real I think.

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Post by dbulkley » 28 Jul 2018, 08:54

Not necessarily. There’s billions of people on the earth...not everyone has typical 9-5 jobs. It’s those that don’t that get labeled and judged.
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Post by samiam013 » 05 Aug 2018, 18:00

I have found that the term "based on true events" differs greatly from the phrase "based on a true story" in many ways. Yes, many of the occurrences in the book may have loosely been related to reality. Most of them were not extremely unbelievable in any way.
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Post by Cher432 » 26 Aug 2018, 15:43

People often dramatize and romanticize events that have happened in their lives and when they write decide to write their stories they may edit events to suit themselves. I am always skeptical when books and movies say based on true events because that means a few sprinkled truths but with a lot of dramatization. I have only read the review of this book so I will reserve my judgment.

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Post by Radiant3 » 13 Jan 2019, 13:05

There are certainly some extraordinary events in the book and Duke's life story is not typical. This might really prove that real life is stranger than fiction.

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Post by Shrabastee » 14 Jan 2019, 05:00

I, for one, never questioned the author's credibility. To me, the entire account seemed too honest and heartfelt to be false. I guess there are people like this, for whom every second counts, every minute feels like an adventure. Probably we don’t get to know them always. Kudos to Robinson that he shed light on a different track of life.

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