Sir Vidia's Shadow : A friendship across five continents

by Paul Theroux

Paper Book, 2000




Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2000.


An intimate portrait of that rarest and most fragile of alliances, a literary friendship. In this personal account Theroux recalls his relationship with Vidia and how their positions were frequently reversed as they became each other's editors, confidants and teachers.

Media reviews

It would be overmuch to say Theroux sighed with relief at the end; yet, undeniably, there is a sense of liberation. This friendship is no easy subject for portraiture—oblique, intuitive, unspoken, irrational as it often is. Theroux does his best to explicate, filling this memoir with telling incidents, blending passion with dispassion, writing with elegance. As for Naipaul: “Never give anyone a second chance.”

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LibraryThing member danoomistmatiste
The fact that the author put up with the world's most famous curmudgeon for nearly 30 year is telling something. Paul Theroux treated Naipaul as a mentor of sorts, always living in his shadow, despite the fact that he always had to pick up the lunch and dinner tabs. After all this closeness, the bridge is finally burnt when Naipaul fails to even acknowledge the author's presence on a bright and sunny london day.… (more)



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