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The Apprentice

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  27 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 1st 1974 by Asia Pub. House
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Tabish
May 19, 2013 Tabish rated it really liked it
A bildungsroman narrated by the protagonist to the youth in general. It is told in the aftermath of Indo-China war of 1962. The book essentially portrays a shift in collective national psyche through the ramblings of the protagonist over a period of 40s to 60s - from a fervent desire to free the nation to a hope of building a righteous and just society once the British left and active collusion in corruption thereon and gradual indifference to the rot to the final realization and effort of salva ...more
Shailesh
Sep 27, 2013 Shailesh rated it really liked it
THE APPRENTICE is a novel totally different in tone from all other novels and writings of Arun Joshi. The protagonist, Ratan Rathor, represents the quintessence Everyman - a contrast to other protagonists in so far as his intellectual level is much lower. An unsophisticated youth, jobless, he comes to the city in search of a career; unscrupulous and ready to prostitute himself for professional advancement Seduced by materialistic values, he takes a bribe to clear a large lot of defective weapons ...more
Neeraj Pandey
Mar 02, 2017 Neeraj Pandey rated it it was amazing
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An epitome on India realism.

This review was first published, here,
http://shelfandthebeanbag.blogspot.in...

I only came to know about Arun Joshi with this piece which appeared in The Hindu. I am glad I did. The Tribune has aptly reviewed the book with these lines,
“The Apprentice ceases to be a book. It becomes life and worst of all, the reader’s own secret life of illusions.” Towards the end, I realized how true it was.

The book presents a young man’s (Ratan Rathore) yearning for a job and the fr
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Arun Singh
Apr 16, 2014 Arun Singh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Apprentice is an important book. It is also clearly one of the best (and least known) books by an Indian author. Written in 1975, its themes still clearly echo the contemporary situation of the Indian state. Besides, the ideas and themes in the book that are independent of the plot, are those that the well-known authors of the world have written about, time and again. And Arun Joshi has written with an authority that makes this book a great read for someone interested in exploring these them ...more
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