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Read this book. READ THIS BOOK !!,
This review is from: Sacred Games (Paperback)
I have just finished this wonderful novel and agree totally with one of the quotes on the book jacket about finishing the novel with regret.
As I have virtually no knowledge about India and especially Mumbai,which is perhaps the book's main character, I cannot say how accurate this portrait is. This did not devalue the reading experience one iota. It is quite simply an enthralling read, facilitated by the author's graceful and flowing prose.
947 pages could indicate a slow, tedious read, but nothing could be further from the truth. The plot unfolds beautifully and the novel is rounded off unexpectedly and in a most satisfying manner by the two moving Inset chapters before we return for the final chapter to Sartaj Singh, the Sikh policeman at the heart of the story.
This book teems with life, and the sounds, smells and sights of India bombard you from all sides. Is it realistic ? Who cares ? And don't be put off by thinking it's a detective novel, because it isn't. We should just be grateful that Vikram Chandra has provided us readers with such a treat. Do yourself a favour. Buy, beg or borrow a copy of this novel and prepare yourself for a great reading experience.