My Other Life

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sep 15, 1997 - Fiction - 464 pages
3 Reviews
In the Washington Post Book World, Sven Birkerts called this exuberant novel "a complex and gripping work of invention and confession . . . I understood again how the prose of a true writer can bring us to a world beyond." The book spans almost thirty years in the life of a fictional "Paul Theroux," who moves through young bachelorhood in Africa, in and out of marriage, affairs, and employment, and between continents. It's a wry, worldly, erotic, and deeply moving account of one man's first half century - "among the strongest things Theroux has ever written" (New York Times Book Review).

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User Review  - uh8myzen - LibraryThing

When I first picked up this book, I had never read any of Paul Theroux's work, but I heard him interviewed and was intrigued by his description of the book. It is a fascinating examination of his life ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An ``imaginary memoir'' in which its author and other real people become the protagonists of fictional stories, from the prolific novelist and travel writer (Millroy the Magician, 1994; The Pillars of ... Read full review

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Uncle Hals Other Life
2 The Lepers of Moyo
3 Poetry Lessons
4 Lady Max
5 Sisterhood
6 The Writer and His Reader
7 Man Alone
8 The Shortest Day of the Year
12 Champagne
13 The HalfLife
14 Medford Next 3 Exits
15 The Queens Touch
16 George and Me
17 My Other Wife
18 Fugitive
Personal Effects

9 A Part in a Movie
10 Travelers Tale
11 Forerunners
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About the author (1997)

PAUL THEROUX is the author of many highly acclaimed books. His novels include The Lower River and The Mosquito Coast, and his renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and Dark Star Safari. He lives in Hawaii and Cape Cod.

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