First post, yay. But without wasting time on introductions, I'm reading HOL for my second time, once read, once nitty/gritty. And working my way through, one thing in particular has caught my eye.
Johnny's name is never 'officially' presented as 'Johnny Truant'. The closest we come to such a thing is the front of the book with the 'with introduction and notes by Johnny Truant', and various references by the Editors to him as such. But as the Editors themselves said on page 4:
"We also wish to note here that we never actually met Mr. Truant. All matters regarding the publication were addressed in letters or in rare instances over the phone." So it's quite plausible that Johnny actually changed his own name, but why?
The biggest support for this is on pages 585,643,644.
585 is the article on Johnny's Father's death. It's quite reasonable to prsume that Johnny's dad would have the same last name as Johnny, so why is his last name always deleted? But, if he did change his last name, why didn't he change his dad's in the article?
643 and 644 are two pages dealing with the aftermath of Pelfina's death. The first being a letter to Johnny about her death, and the second being a receipt for Johnny picking up her items. This time it's more apparant, as Johnny's last name itself is deleted.
Here we are, with three rather 'officious' documents, all altered in such away as to cast doubt on the authenticity, or really, the accuracy of Johnny's last name.
I apologize if this has been brought up, I searched, and didn't even find any real references to the pages I mentioned, but maybe I didn't search right.
I'd assume he got his 'last name' from Pelfina's letter metioning that 'JOHNNY IS TRUANT'.
But again, Hi.