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The Apprentice: A Novel Paperback – December 13, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
Really it was just Lewis Libby writing his own masturbation material, no joke. I stopped reading when he talked, among other things, about bears having sex with ten year old girls.
Beyond being constantly creepy, it's just really poorly written and completely pointless. Don't waste your time, money, etc.
The hair-raisingly prurient parts of this book have been excerpted extensively elsewhere, so I'll not repeat them. However, Libby appears more than approving of the explicit education that the very young girls in "The Apprentice" receive. Not in typical school subjects, no, but from instructors whose teaching tools include caged bears (yes, bears, trained to couple with children), wooden dildos, and incestuous relatives who painstakingly instruct little girls to "satisfy many men in a night."
The fictional output of such Republican luminaries as Bill O'Reilly, Newt Gingrich, and I. Lewis Libby underscore the truth of the proverb, "Those who really have it ["it" meaning sexual prowess] don't talk about it." Some men, such as Libby and Neil Bush, have labored under the delusion that any sexual peccadilloes taking place in Asia will stay in Asia.Read more ›
My copy is 239 pages long. By page 200 I had finally reached a point where I was somewhat interested in what would happen to the main characters. At page 225 the reader starts getting some information that manages to make a little sense of the amorphous mess that precedes it. But the final conclusion between the two main characters is still very ambiguous.
If Scooter is very fortunate, when President Bush pardons him for the crimes for which he has been indicted, he will also pardon him for his crimes against literature. If we are very fortunate, Scooter will then be hired by a lobbying firm and he will be too busy to write any more novels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I tried to go into "The Apprenitce" with as open a mind as possible despite a lot of negative comments. As a story, it was a bit far-reaching in what it tried to do... Read morePublished on July 17, 2014 by Justin Chin
If you want lengthy descriptions of snow, snow and more snow (oh yes, a storm with snow in it too), and characters who lack names, and a murder, and not much at all happening (or... Read morePublished on July 15, 2014 by Prof Lesa
The dust cover says it is elegant writing. Technically, perhaps. I found the plot and story and details absolutely puerile. Read morePublished on February 15, 2011 by Hammurabi
Let's get a few things straight:
1. I'm not American
2. I'd never heard of Libby before reading this book
3. Read more
This was a very interesting book to read. I like to read certain books based on the season, so that I can relate better to the atmosphere the characters are in. Read morePublished on December 28, 2008 by VaNessa
Judging this book on its representation of Japan is wrong. In fact, it's stupid. Japan is simply the setting. Read morePublished on August 13, 2008 by sb
At the risk of conflict between me and almost every other reviewer of this novel, I would have to say that I enjoyed this book immensely. Read morePublished on October 22, 2007 by Madi
I couldn't recommend this book less because there is no option for no stars. Forget the bad prose and the total 'orientalism' of the plot (sad! Read morePublished on October 19, 2007 by Amazonian
Virtually every reviewer has missed the point of this book. The fact that a man in Libby's position, with all his insider knowledge, would write a work of "fiction" is in itself... Read morePublished on October 27, 2006 by Dr. French