The Apprentice attacks materialistic values but with a different strategy. Ratan Rathor wades through corruption to arrive at an understanding of life and its affirmations. According to World Literature Today, "the novel is cast in a series of Browning-like monologues, to a boy to whom the protagonist, burdened with sorrow of 'a wasted life', lays bare the motives, aspirations, dilemmas and frustrations of his past."
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"Here, finally is an English novel by an Indian writer that can be easily said to be one of a class." — Free Press Journal
"Its timbre seems an aural image of the times and conveys its sickness remarkably effectively." — Sunday World
"There is certainly an impassioned quality in the writing." — Financial Express
"One of the very few Indo-Anglian writers who seem to be conscious of technique and technical experimentation..." — Books Abroad, USA
"Arun Joshi's is a peculiar talent and connoisseurs of style will have many things to say about The Apprentice... there is the promise of a new and vigorous personality in Indian fiction." — Tribune
Arun Joshi (1939-1993) was educated in India and USA. He got his Master Degree in Management from M.I.T. His five novels and a collection of short stories won him critical acclaim and a recognition as an author of rate sensitivity and exceptional talent. The Last Labyrinth was selected for a prestigious Sahitya Akademy Award, India's highest literary honour.