Sir Vidia's Shadow: A Friendship Across Five Continents

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 364 pages
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This heartfelt and revealing account of Paul Theroux's thirty-year friendship with the legendary V. S. Naipaul is an intimate record of a literary mentorship that traces the growth of both writers' careers and explores the unique effect each had on the other. Built around exotic landscapes, anecdotes that are revealing, humorous, and melancholy, and three decades of mutual history, this is a personal account of how one develops as a writer and how a friendship waxes and wanes between two men who have set themselves on the perilous journey of a writing life.
  

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What a stroke of luck for an aspiring writer struggling in backwater Uganda: to have a future Nobel laureate dumped in your lap as mentor and guide into the London literary world. After recently re ... Read full review

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"Sir Vidia's Shadow" is the sort of book Boswell might have written had he broken relations with Johnson while the great man was alive. Although in person the Nobel laureate Naipaul is very short and ... Read full review

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Contents

1 Famous in Kampala
3
2 Im Not Everyone
17
3 The Kaptagat Arms
44
4 On Safari in Rwanda
72
The Writers Writer
101
5 Christmas Pudding
103
6 Excursion to Oxford
130
A Correspondence Course
144
11 The Householder
219
12 My Friends Friend
236
13 Death Is the Motif
250
14 Tainted Vegetables
264
15 Its Major
280
Reversals
295
16 Poetry of Departures
297
17 A Wedding Is a Happy Funeral
307

50 to Waterloo
165
7 I Must Keep Some Secrets
185
10 Lunch Party
203
Sir Vidias Shadow
217
18 Literature Is for the Wounded and the Damaged
321
19 Exchanges
337
20 Sir Vidias Shadow
352
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About the author (1998)

Paul Theroux's highly acclaimed novels include Blinding Light, Hotel Honolulu, My Other Life, Kowloon Tong, and The Mosquito Coast. His renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Dark Star Safari, Riding the Iron Rooster, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, and The Happy Isles of Oceania. He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.

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