Book Review: The Apprentice by Arun Joshi


Yesterday night, or rather, tonight in the early mornings of 1 or 2 am, I finally finished this quite boring book. I was a bit disappointed, that it wasn’t as good as the other 2 I read before. And although it only has 144 pages, It took me about 2 weeks to read. I just didn’t like the plot so much. He was just telling his life, in quite a confusing and dry tone. I was also quite annoyed that he reminisced in the past when his father died, and always talked about being a good person. That pissed me off a lot. When I compare this novel to The Foreigner, there is a huge difference that is unbelievable. The only thing that stayed the same with this book are the wise,philosophical quotes you can read about a lot in Joshi’s novels. Although they are often about the same topic, his books I read so far always have a big main topic. The Foreigner’s topic was that of identity and love. In The Strange Case of Billy Biswas, it was society and nature, in this one, it is money and power, but also about other topics. Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“There are many sorrows in the world, but there is nothing the three worlds to match the sorrow of a wasted life.”

“Great friends, the told me, were usually the most harmful.”

“Money is law unto itself, my mother had said. She had probably meant that a man of money could not be assailed. I was now to discover that money was law in another sense: It dictated not only the world but the possessor of money as well. It was the dijinn in the bottle. In Money’s kingdom, my friend, only Money is king. All others are slaves. And none a greater slave that its proud possessor.”

“The world was a beautiful whore – to be assaulted and taken.”

Yes, these were some of the nice quotes. And to be true, only these quotes make the book worth reading. In my opinion, the rest is quite boring.

Final rating – 1/5: Despite of the teaching quotes, the book has no interesting sides to it.


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