My Secret History [NOOK Book]

Overview

"Theroux's best novel in years."

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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...
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Overview

"Theroux's best novel in years."

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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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Andre Parent's story begins in Massachusetts where his first furtive sexual encounters introduce him to the thrills of leading a double life. Parent travels the globe and tastes the delights of innumerable affairs before settling down to writing, wedlock, and self-analysis. Do we dare to wonder if Theroux's "best novel in years" Chicago Tribune also is autobiography?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This ``witty and wise portrait of a writer as he travels the globe searching for self-understanding'' introduces Andrew Parent, a narcissist with secrets and hidden emotions. ``In his exploration of the ambiguities of love and art, Theroux has created a character so humorous and vital that we forgive his flaws,'' observed PW. Author tour. (Apr.)
Library Journal
From an early adolescence torn between a call to the priesthood and the call of the flesh, through late-adolescent sexual initiation and a young adult's escapades as a teacher in Africa, to a grown man's crisis in marriage, Theroux recounts the ``secret history'' of Andy Parent, a writer suspiciously resembling Theroux himself. That the purpose is to show a man ``writing for his life,'' his fragmented self so healed by making ``something new of his experience'' that his work is seen metaphorically as ``going home,'' is not apparent until the final pages, and though these pages dazzle they hardly seem novelistic. For the reader, Andy's impulse to write is buried in the unending description of his numerous liaisons--there is enough sexual endeavor here to bore the most prurient among us. Indeed, his comment, ``My being inarticulate was probably the reason I had become a writer,'' serves to highlight Theroux's own failure to articulate the connections between Andy's early life and later self-discovery as a writer. A tantalizing novel whose occasional power suggests how much better it could have been.-- Barbara Hoffert, ``Library Journal''
From the Publisher
"Merges the two genres he's famous for... My secret history is about the permanence of marriage in the face of mistrust and infidelity; it's about the wisdom of women and the foolishness of men; and it's about mature love as the necessary and sometimes successful antidote to youthful selfishness."

-- the New York Times Book Review

"Consistently entertaining... Theroux's hero is a man of ironic intelligence and amusing self-awareness."

-- Time

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307790262
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/20/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 551,051
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    Best book ever written!

    This was my first Theroux book; I was hooked! I must have read it 7 or 8 times. I've since read everything he has written, but this still remains my favorite. Whenever life's kicking my butt, I return to this book and it comforts me. Or sometimes I reread Riding the Iron Rooster and use that as an escape. Thank you, Paul, wherever you are. You've helped me through tough times.

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