Naipaul is an intimate record of a literary mentorship that traces the growth of both writers' careers and explores ... Sir Vidia's Shadow : A Friendship Across Five Continents, Paperback by Theroux, Paul, ISBN 0618001999, ISBN-13 9780618001996, Brand New, Free shipping in the US In an intriguing memoir of friendship, the best-selling novelist, travel writer, ... ''Sir Vidia's Shadow'' begins 30 years ago in Kampala, Uganda, where Theroux is teaching and waiting out the Vietnam War, when Naipaul arrives, his meek wife, Pat, in tow, to lecture at the local university. At this point Naipaul is in early midcareer, somewhat well known but not famous.
They met in Uganda in 1966 where Theroux was teaching English at Makarere University. Naipaul was already famous and had published several books; Theroux was unknown but aspired to be a novelist. Sir Vidia's Shadow A Friendship Across Five Continents.