My Secret History: A Novel

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Penguin Books Limited, Dec 15, 2011 - Fiction - 576 pages
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In My Secret History, award-winning writer Paul Theroux offers the reader an exciting insight into the double-life of Andre Parent in six compelling snapshots. 'Written with a rare intensity of both intelligence and feeling. . . a superbly realistic evocation of the journeys (both dark and comical) of the human heart' Salman Rushdie, Observer'Nothing on the shelf has quite prepared the reader of My Secret History. . . Parent saunters into the book aged fifteen, shouldering a .22 Mossberg rifle as earlier, more innocent American heroes used to tote a fishing pole. In his pocket is a paperback translation of Dante's Inferno. . . he is a creature of naked and unquenchable ego, greedy for sex, money, experience, another life' Jonathan Raban, Observer'Theroux's best creation, a character who is honest enough to know that he wants it both ways: to be the lover and also the solitary observer who betrays his loves by turning them into stories' Time 'Theroux's best fiction to date...combines the surfaces of memoir and travelogue with cunning fiction' Sunday Times 'Sharp, exact, very evocative. . . both disturbing and entertaining' Anthony Burgess, IndependentAmerican travel writer Paul Theroux is known for the rich descriptions of people and places that is often streaked with his distinctive sense of irony; his novels and collected short stories, My Other Life, The Collected Stories, The Lower River, The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro, A Dead Hand, Millroy the Magician, The Elephanta Suite, Saint Jack, The Consul's File, The Family Arsenal, The Mosquito Coast, and his works of non-fiction, including the iconic The Great Railway Bazaar are available from Penguin.

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Paul Theroux is a good writer. - Goodreads
... the audience demands an ending. - Goodreads
Very well written, a page turner. - Goodreads
It has been a core part of my being and as a writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Suzanne - Goodreads

I enjoyed reading about the secret sexual exploits of, pretty obviously, Paul Theroux, thinly disguised as Andrew Parent. The more I read by this author, the more I like him. It took a lot of guts to reveal all this stuff! I couldn't do it! (not yet, anyway). Very well written, a page turner. Read full review

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User Review  - Catrien Deys - Goodreads

Written in the 80's but still very worthwhile, with beautiful, natural prose and vivid images. A book to cherish. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Paul Theroux was born in Medford, Massachusetts in 1941 and published his first novel, Waldo, in 1967. His subsequent novels include The Family Arsenal, Picture Palace, The Mosquito Coast, O-Zone, Millroy the Magician, My Secret History, My Other Life, and, most recently, A Dead Hand. His highly acclaimed travel books include Riding the Iron Rooster, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, Fresh Air Fiend, and Ghost Train to the Eastern Star. He divides his time between Cape Cod and the Hawaiian Islands.

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