I know I’m supposed to be offering a critical review of Jim Murdoch’s The Whole Truth. It’s an imperative I have placed upon myself. One thing that strikes me though as I think about how to best go about doing it is the question of:
“whether or not Truth would know what was going to happen since he’d already seen Jonathan’s life from start to finish” (JM)
which arises somewhat unexpectedly from out of the end of The Whole Truth.
That question isor to me goes straight to the heart
of Jim’s account of
the relationship between Truth and Destiny.
I imagine it highly probable that, based on what he had seen happen before, Truth (like his brother Destiny) would be making a lot of educated guesses the next time around; especially if Truth is punting on Jonathan to change the direction of his life.
I can also imagine that Truth would be faced with a serious identity crisis at some point. He might even end up feeling like a father whose son doesn’t need him anymore.
If Jonathan’s father were to feel it was time to leave and then left (for Wales?), would Jonathan notice him gone? From what I have gathered of Jonathan’s childhood I can imagine he would feel a sense of having lost his first ever friend for reasons that were never explained to him. I can also imagine that Jonathan would mix the few details he had up in some kind of attempt at performing his own self-protection.
If I was the personification of Truth in that situation and I was given the opportunity to spend a few days with Jonathan again, I imagine I would tell him that I’d always been there.
For Lady Joanna Payne of Rigby
P.S. I think Truth is a bit of a Teddy Bear actually :)