My Secret History Summary
A common theme in the modern novel is the sense of alienation among people in contemporary society.
My Secret History takes up this theme.
The novel focuses on the life of Andre Parent, a Catholic who grows up in Boston during the 1950s and who copes with the repressive environment of his early life by living two lives — one open and conforming, the other secret and reckless. Through this novel, Theroux makes dual comments on modern society: that repressive and judgmental forces are driving everyone to hypocrisy and that such secrecy can go unchecked because of extreme isolation.
Theroux suggests that people compartmentalize their lives to accommodate the conflicting demands of society and self. Because people are judgmental and dictatorial regarding the behaviors of others, they turn to secrecy in order to fulfill themselves without jeopardizing their status in the community. As Andre notes, "as soon...
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Paul Theroux Biographies (5)
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Biography EssayPaul Theroux's novels, short stories, essays, and travel books, in which he often explores the expatriate experience and the postcolonial world of developing countries, have established...
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Paul Theroux (born 1941) was an expatriate American writer of numerous works of fiction and of the chronicles of his own travels by train throughout the world. He was a keen observer of the relationsh...
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The author of over three dozen books, Paul Theroux has earned a reputation as travel writer par excellence and as a novelist whose works speak of colonialism and of the expatriate experience. For many...
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Paul Theroux, an American novelist who has lived and written as an expatriate since 1963, was born in Medford, Massachusetts, on 10 April 1941, to Albert Eugene and Anne Dittami Theroux. Following his...
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Paul Theroux has achieved international fame and literary accolades for his travel writings, novels, short stories, poetry, and critical essays. Just as his literary interests shape his travel writing...