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Sacred Games Paperback – 5 Jul 2007
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'A saga full of social upheaval and personal violence, spanning
decades and touching on every aspect of the city's life.' -- Lucy Hughes Hallett, Sunday Times
'Absorbing ... each chapter ends in a manner so tantalising as to
make you catch your breath.' -- Soumya Bhattacharya, Independent
'An epic thriller which doubles as an anatomy of modern India.' -- Adam Mars Jones, Observer
'Ane could read it seven times over and still be finding new
treasures; missed flourishes of virtuosity.' -- Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph
'One of the most exhilarating reads of 2006.' -- Angel Gurria-Quintana, Books of the Year, Financial Times
Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra: 'To win is to lose everything . . . and the game always wins.' The international number one bestseller, now in paperback.See all Product description
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In fact is proved to be a terrific read set in the seamier side of Indian society. Vikram Chandra makes a huge sweep of corruption, bribery, international terrorism, religion, Bollywood and cosmetic surgery. The two main characters are Sartaj Singh, a Sikh police inspector in Mumbai and Ganesh Gaitonde, a Hindu gangster and mafia don. Gaitonde recounts his story from beyond the grave – we know he is already dead right at the start of the book. Sartaj Singh is puzzled by the fact Gaitonde is found in a house that seems to have been reinforced to withstand a nuclear bomb – but we are not told the answer until 800 pages later.
Basically Sacred Games is an easy read and is a good story but it goes off at lots of different tangents and sub-plots. The language is earthy and vibrant. At first I looked up translations of Hindi words but this was too disruptive to the flow of the narrative so in the end I just guessed their meaning from the context. (Maderchod is a great expletive – but not sure when I could put this into practice!)
Well worth a read but I take off one star for being too long…..
All of this is expertly and gradually revealed through the personal tales of two protagonists on opposite sides of the law: an upstart young Hindu gangster who becomes one of the leading crimelords in Mumbai and a stalwart if unambitious Sikh policeman. Their paths cross, and the telling of their stories explores the complexity of today's Indian society, with the spice of an international thriller thrown in.
Many people will find 'Sacred Games' hard going, and a very long read. It took me about 200 pages to feel comfortable with the language (some of it in Hindi, Gujurati, Sanskrit or slang, so English-only speakers will need to use the glossary at [...] or get a feel for the meaning and go with the flow). There is a considerable level of sex and extreme violence, as you might expect with a realistic depiction of criminal networks -- but the beauty of 'Sacred Games' is that these appear alongside moment of poetic purity. Evens the in the darkest moments of depravity there are glimpses of devout human spirit and even the most corrupt individuals can be unexpectedly righteous.
A book to be read slowly, savoured and digested at length. Let it overwhelm you for a while, and get to know the main characters. Definitely a book to take on holiday and read for several hours at a time - would be very disjointed if grabbed in short sections. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, revelled in the life-story of Ganesh the gangster, and adored the insight into modern Indian society. Will definitely buy the author's other novels. (It only fails to gain five stars for me because of the confusing opening which may well prove too much of a barrier for many readers.)
The author's breadth is dizzying - the story goes from the murky world of the Mumbai mafia-style underworld, to international terrorism, to the workings of the Indian bureaucracy, to the intelligence services investigating Islamic fundamentalism, to the traumas of the Partition of the Indian sub-continent 60 years ago, to the sidelines of the inside workings of Bollywood....
But, it is not just the breadth of the canvas that is breath-taking. This is not a superficial skimming of several sub-plots. It is the depth with which Vikram has researched each of these sub-plots and gone into not just describing the superficial external happenings there, but the intricate workings inside the minds of the people involved. He has gone right into the depths of the mind of a Mumbai don, a Mumbai policeman, an intelligence officer, a family uprooted at Partition....
It is hard to imagine that a 900-page book could be unputdownable - but this one was for me. I lost touch with the outside world for a week while I read this for several hours everyday.
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