My Secret History: A Novel
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, Independent
American 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.
What people are saying - Write a review
Review: My Secret HistoryUser Review - Carol Billings - Goodreads
Two stars because the protagonist is such an unlikeable person! This book is written in the first person. If this is an autobiography of our author, then he is a narcissist and sociopath. If he ... Read full review
Review: My Secret HistoryUser Review - Goodreads
Theroux is the master of description in my book. For instance, I know no-one who can weave smells and sounds so seamlessly in his writing. He also excels at creating tension. Just in the first part ... Read full review