My Secret History: A Novel

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

'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'
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

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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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User Review  - Maj Jenkins - Goodreads

Oh Paul, Paul... really? Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Paul Theroux was born in Medford, Massachusetts in 1941. He has written many works of fiction and travel writing, including The Last Train to Zona Verde, Dark Star Safari, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Riding the Iron Rooster, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Elephanta Suite, A Dead Hand, The Tao of Travel and The Lower River. The Mosquito Coast and Dr Slaughter have both been made into successful films. Paul Theroux divides his time between Cape Cod and the Hawaiian islands. His most recent work is Deep South, which is published by Hamish Hamilton.

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