06 July, 2013

The Accidental Apprentice by Vikas Swarup [Rochelle, Howick Library]

I have read Q & A, which was the basis for the movie Slumdog Millionaire, and I absolutely loved it. So it is for this reason that I said to myself that I have to read this latest work by Mr. Swarup.

The Accidental Apprentice is the story of hardworking middle class working girl, Sapna Sinha, who is being given the opportunity to run a global empire by Vinay Mohan Acharya, the owner of ABC Group of Companies. As Sapna is faced with what seems like an insurmountable “daily life” problems, she accepts the offer but has to first pass seven life tests to prove that she is worthy to be called CEO. If she as much fails one test, then the deal is off and she goes back to the daily grind of her ordinary life.

It takes a really long time for the book to get to its main point. The prologue took its time by focusing too much on Sapna’s background, the reason why she came to this point in her life etc before coming to focus on the main premise of the story. After the first 50 plus pages, the reader is finally taken through a chapter each of the seven life tests and this is where things get really interesting. After getting through the prologue, I literally could not put the book down. The surprise ending more than makes up for the really slow start to the book.

In saying this, anyone who has read Q & A by the same author might be a tad disappointed with this one. The book tackles a more serious subject and parts of it can be really heavy reading but stick to it and I guarantee you a really good read.

Title: The Accidental Apprentice
Author: Vikas Swarup
ISBN: 9781471113154
Published: 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

 - Rochelle, Howick Library

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