Title: The Accidental Apprentice
Author: Vikas Swarup
Release Date: July 8, 2014
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Cultural Fiction (South Asian)
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Sapna Singh isn’t thrilled with job at a New Delhi electronics store, but it allows her to support her family. But everything changes when Vinay Mohan Acharya, the CEO of one of India’s wealthiest companies, approaches Sapna, saying he’s been watching her and would like her to inherit is company. Sapna’s baffled by his request, and turns him down, but Acharya insists and tells Sapna she will face seven life tests, and if she passes, her world will change completely. The question is, does Sapna want want Acharya is offering?
The Accidental Apprentice reads like a very dark comedy of errors, full of the idiosyncrasies and contradictions of modern India. The premise is completely unbelievable, something that the reader needs to reconcile if they are going to read the book, especially because the believability issues persist throughout the read.. The novel itself is a bit strange; each of the tests is absolutely relevant and confronts an issue within modern India. Swarup clearly chose his subjects well and each of these discusses a different issue in detail. It’s very interesting when it comes to each of these disparate tests, but as a larger whole, the novel doesn’t really flow well. It’s a good read if you want to think about many of the issues that plague modern-day India, but as a whole, complete story, The Accidental Apprentice suffers.
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