My secret history is a literary bildungsroman where the reader peers inside the mind of a writer as he establishes himself over a career some have criticized theroux for an absence of originality in this novel arguing that he has written autobiography rather than fiction. My secret history is a novel by paul theroux published in june 1989 by putnam adult in the us and hamish hamilton in the uk the novel follows the life of andre andy parent as he grows through his life and the person he becomes through his experiences . Brilliantly written erotically charged my secret history is paul therouxs tour de force it is the story of andre parent a writer a world traveller a lover of every kind of woman he chances to meet in a life as varied as a man can lead. My secret history a novel paul theroux 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 dantes inferno . Get this from a library my secret history a novel paul theroux it begins with his days as a massachusetts altar boy when his first furtive sexual encounter introduces him to the thrills of leading a double life as a teenaged lifeguard andre finds himself
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