Trapped in a loveless marriage, Stephen Sagar returns eagerly to his native Trinidad when he is commissioned by a powerful island politician to write his biography. Expecting to discover a lost innocence, Stephen is at once disillusioned - old friends are no longer recognizable and strangers view him with indifference or hostility. To piece together his own past, he explores the lush island landscape and encounters a woman who once loved him. In her need to love again, his own longing begins to awaken and intensify.
Rabindranath Maharaj's first novel, Homer in Flight, was shortlisted for the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award, praised by writers such as André Alexis, Olive Senior and Neil Bissoondath, and broadcast on CBC's "Between the Covers." His previous collection of short stories, The Interloper, was nominated for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book. He came to Canada from Trinidad in 1994 and now lives in Ajax, Ontario.
"Fascinating, satisfying....The Lagahoo's Apprentice is dense and rich, and the apprentice of the title [is] one of the most fully realized characters I've come across in fiction…. This is a very, very fine novel, wonderful reading for the women (and men) who've known a few lagahoos in their time." —Elizabeth Nickson, The Globe and Mail
"A satisfying delight…. It has a vivid sense of place, hilarious satire, Gothic mystery, [and] moments of wrenching poignancy." —The Toronto Star
"Maharaj's innumerable fresh and funny observations…define his style…. Sympathetic, canny, and very entertaining." —The Gazette (Montreal)
“In The Lagahoo’s Apprentice, Maharaj dares to paint a passionately honest portrait of the dark side of his sunny island home.” —The Vancouver Sun
“Observations are magnificently captured and enhance the mood of secrecy and gloom…. Maharaj is a delicate craftsman with a compelling style…The Lagahoo's Apprentice is an accomplished novel.” —National Post
“An ambitious work…There is depth and breadth in his writing, as well as the humour which marked [his] first two books.” —Winnipeg Free Press
“Vivid, memorable…. Against [a] bewitching, deftly conjured backdrop, Maharaj brings on a procession of angry, equivocal, caustically funny Trinidadian monologists.” —Quill & Quire
“The Lagahoo’s Apprentice is a fine performance by a talented writer…Maharaj brings to the page an unsentimental world-weariness and a voice of great assurance. He’s a writer with things to say.” —The Edmonton Journal