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Sir Vidia's Shadow by Paul Theroux
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Nov 21, 2008

really liked it

This is a backstabbing memoir about the soured relationship between a loathsome genius (Nobel Prize winner VS Naipaul) and his erstwhile acolyte, Paul Theroux.

Literary gossip.

Guitly pleasure.

Highbrow trash.

Hard to say who I liked less in the end, but Theroux is nothing if not an engaging and fluid writer. Like Naipaul, he's great even when he's insufferable. And he is often insufferable.

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