MEANING OF QUOTE...??? :) From "The House of The Spirits" by: Isabel Allende “At times I feel as if I had lived all this before and that I have already written these very words, but I know it was not I: it was another woman, who kept her notebooks so that one day I could use them. I write, she wrote, that memory is fragile and the space of a single life is brief, passing so quickly that we never get a chance to see the relationship between events; we cannot gauge the consequences of our acts, and we believe in the fiction of past, present, and future, but it may also be true that everything happens simultaneously. ... That's why my Grandmother Clara wrote in her notebooks, in order to see things in their true dimension and to defy her own poor memory.” pg. 432   what does this quote mean? what key element or idea does it introduce, express, reiterate or draw the reader's attention to with regard to the novel as a whole? what literary devices are utilized by the auther..?  

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There is an emphasis here on the continuity of events and of family. The mind of the grandmother and the grand-daughter are not separated by time due to the presence of the notebook.

Writing has the power to erase the importance of time and even to render time's passage as something of an illusion, even a misunderstanding of the way things "really" are.

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The quote uses metaphor. It means that memory is fickle and transitory. It makes me think of how we use memory. We can change the past by remembering it differently. Sometimes we do this to protect our fragile psyche, but we basically lie to ourselves with our memory.
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