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Sir Vidia's shadow : a friendship across five continents

Author: Paul Theroux
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
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One year before he published his first book, Paul Theroux met V.S. Naipaul-Vidia, as he was known. For thirty years both men remained in close touch, even when continents separated them. Sir Vidia's Shadow is a double portrait of the writing life, but it is much more, for travel and reading and emotional ups and downs are also aspects of this friendship, which is powerful and enriching and often a comedy - and,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Theroux, Paul.
Sir Vidia's shadow.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1998
(OCoLC)607055780
Named Person: Paul Theroux; V S Naipaul; V S Naipaul; V S Naipaul; V S Naipaul; Vidiadhar S Naipaul; V S Naipaul; Paul Theroux
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Theroux
ISBN: 0395907284 9780395907283
OCLC Number: 39354195
Description: x, 358 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Africa --
Famous in Kampala --
"I'm Not Everyone" --
The Kaptagat Arms --
On Safari in Rwanda --
The Writer's Writer --
Christmas Pudding --
Excursion to Oxford --
Air Letters: A Correspondence Course --
The 9:50 to Waterloo --
"I Must Keep Some Secrets" --
Lunch Party --
Sir Vidia's Shadow --
The Householder --
My Friend's Friend --
Death Is the Motif --
Tainted Vegetables --
"It's Major" --
Reversals --
Poetry of Departures --
A Wedding Is a Happy Funeral --
Literature Is for the Wounded and the Damaged --
Exchanges --
Sir Vidia's Shadow.
Responsibility: Paul Theroux.
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One year before he published his first book, Paul Theroux met V.S. Naipaul-Vidia, as he was known. For thirty years both men remained in close touch, even when continents separated them. Sir Vidia's Shadow is a double portrait of the writing life, but it is much more, for travel and reading and emotional ups and downs are also aspects of this friendship, which is powerful and enriching and often a comedy - and, ultimately, a bridge that is burned. Built around exotic landscapes, anecdotes that are revealing, humorous, and melancholy, and three decades of mutual history, this is a very personal account of how one develops as a writer, how a friendship waxes and wanes between two men who have set themselves on the perilous journey of a writing life, and what constitutes the relationship of mentor and student.

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