The Accidental Apprentice

by Vikas Swarup | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1471113175 Global Overview for this book
Registered by 4evagreen of Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on 1/14/2014
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Journal Entry 1 by 4evagreen from Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
A spotted a sale on in a charity shop so could not resist popping in and picking this up.

Journal Entry 2 by 4evagreen at Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Thursday, May 28, 2020
As with Vikas Swarup's hugely successful debut novel Q&A, which was subsequently made into the hit movie Slumdog Millionaire, The Accidental Apprentice returns to the theme of: What would happen to your life if you were suddenly offered the chance of a lifetime.

One of the quotes on the blurb for this book describes it as being "Gripping stuff- The Accidental Apprentice is awaiting its Danny Boyle" and for me that is where this book falls down. Given the phenomenal success of Slumdog Millionaire it is perhaps unsurprising that Swarup would want to emulate that but I personally couldn't help feeling that this book was aimed purely at the movie industry, whether it be Hollywood or Bollywood, rather than the reading public which felt like a bit of a cop out.

The reader is given a fleeting glimpse at middle-class life in India but perhaps the overarching message of this book is that extraordinary things can sometimes happen. As Swarup states at the very end of the book "Life does not always give us what we desire, but eventually it does give us what we deserve."

Overall a delightful and light bit of escapism that wouldn't be out of place on a long train/plane journey or on the beach once the various lock-downs have been lifted.

Journal Entry 3 by 4evagreen at Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Thursday, June 11, 2020

Released 1 mo ago (6/11/2020 UTC) at Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 4 by wingAskeladdawing at Skien, Telemark fylke Norway on Friday, June 19, 2020
Thank you 4evagreen! The book have arrived safely in Telemark, Norway. I found it in the mail box coming home from work today. A very nice surprise to learn to know a little closer during the week end. I liked both the book and the film "slum dog millionare", so is excited to read this one.
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