Sorcerer's Apprentice (book)

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This article is about the travel book by Tahir Shah. For other uses, see Sorcerer's Apprentice (disambiguation).
Sorcerer's Apprentice
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First US edition cover
Author Tahir Shah
Language English
Subject India, magic, folklore
Genre Travel
Publisher Weidenfeld and Nicolson
Publication date
1998
ISBN 1-55970-580-9
OCLC 46422213
793.8/092 B 21
LC Class GV1545.S29 A3 2001
Preceded by Beyond the Devil's Teeth
Followed by Trail of Feathers

Sorcerer's Apprentice is a travel book by Anglo-Afghan author, Tahir Shah.

As a child in rural England, Tahir Shah learned the first secrets of illusion from an Indian magician.[1] More than two decades later he set out in search of this conjurer, the ancestral guardian of his great grandfather’s tomb. Sorcerer’s Apprentice is the story of his quest for, and initiation into, the brotherhood of Indian godmen. Learning along the way from sadhus, sages, avatars and sorcerers – it’s a journey which took him from Kolkata to Chennai,[2] from Bangalore to Mumbai, in search of the miraculous. A quest for the bizarre, wondrous underbelly of the subcontinent, Shah’s travels lift the veil on the East’s most puzzling miracles. Revealing confidence tricks and ingenious scams, Sorcerer’s Apprentice exposes a side of India that is often hidden from the eyes of visitors, perhaps because of the limits of their own observation.[3]

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