Sir Vidia's Shadow: A Friendship Across Five Continents

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Penguin Books Limited, Aug 4, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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'Both unputdownable and utterly engaging' Jonathan Raban, The Times Literary Supplement

'I started reading Theroux's Sir Vidia's Shadow, the story of his friendship with V. S. Naipaul over thirty years and five continents - its origins, development, and sad, enigmatic termination. I couldn't, as they say, put it down. I don't know of a more revealing study of the peculiar nature of friendship between professional writers, an unstable compound of empathy, solidarity and rivalry. Theroux's portrait of Naipaul . . . may be [his] finest literary creation' David Lodge, Guardian Books of the Year

'Thoroughly compelling. We can call it a memoir, or a biographical sketch, but it has more in it - more candour, more intensity, more angry puzzlement - than we would normally expect from either of these genres. I can think of no other book that renders in such merciless detail a still-living public figure' Sunday Telegraph

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Paul begins in his usual notorious way, by trying to write fictitiously about Naipaul. Soon he gives up and reveals the identity of his character. That is the Paul one knows. But he dwells in on the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jay - Goodreads

Friendship is rarely the main topic of a piece of writing, but it's a more interesting topic than that of romantic love. Everyone has had a friend, and everyone has a friendship that turned sour. This ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Paul Theroux's books include 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.

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