My Secret History: A Novel

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Penguin Books Limited, Dec 15, 2011 - Fiction - 576 pages
22 Reviews
"Theroux's best novel in years."


MY SECRET HISTORY is Paul Theroux's tour de force. It is the story of Andre Parent, a writer, a world traveler, a lover of every kind of woman he chances to meet in a life as varied as a man can lead. From his days as an altar boy, to his job as a teenaged lifeguard, and then as a youth caught between the attentions of a beautiful young student and an amorous older woman. And as the boy becomes a man he turns his attention to writing, which brings him fame, and a wife, who may finally bring him to know himself. But not before he sets up his most dangerous secret life, one that any man might envy, but that could cost Andre Parent the delicate balance that makes him who he is....

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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

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User Review  - Cliff - Goodreads

His travel writing sure does polarize opinion - have a look at the reviews for Railway Bazaar or Iron Rooster as evidence. But surely we can agree he is an underrated novelist. This is among my ... 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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