My Secret History: A Novel

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Penguin Books Limited, Dec 15, 2011 - Fiction - 576 pages

'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 for 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'

'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, Independent

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User Review  - AnnB2013 - LibraryThing

Reading this book made me dislike Paul Theroux, something I eventually got over. I was horrified by how the main character took his wife and, later, girlfriend to all the same places on the same tour. Maybe that's just me. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Date- 2013-08-06

Paul Theroux was born in Medford, Massachusetts, in 1941, and published his first novel, Waldo, in 1967. He wrote his next three novels,Fong and the Indians, Girls at Playand Jungle Lovers, after a five-year stay in Africa. He subsequently taught at the University of Singapore, and during his three years there produced a collection of short stories,Sinning with Annie, and highly praised novel Saint Jack.His other publications include The Black House(1974), a novel; The Great Railway Bazaar- By Train Through Asia (1975), an account of his journey by train from London to Tokyo and back; The Family Arsenal(1976); The Consul's File(1977); Picture Palace(1978; winnner of the Whitread Literary Award); A Christmans Card(1978; The Old Patagonian Express(1979); World's End and Other Stories(1980); London Snow(1980); The Mosquito Coats, which was the Yorkshire PostNovel of the Year for 1981 and the joint winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize;The London Embassy(1982); The Kingdom by the Sea(1983); Doctor Slaughter(1985);Sunrise with Seamonsters(1985); The Imperial Way (1985);O-Zone(1986); Riding the Iron Rooster(1988); My Secret History(1989) and ChicagoLoop

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