Sacred Games: A Novel by Vikram ChandraSacred Games: A Novel by Vikram Chandra

Sacred Games: A Novel

byVikram Chandra

Paperback | December 18, 2007

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“SACRED GAMES [is] as hard to put down as it is to pick up.”
   — New York Times Book Review

“Bold, fresh and big…SACRED GAMES deserves praise for its ambitions but also for its terrific achievement"
   — Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air.

Seven years in the making, Sacred Games is an epic of exceptional richness and power. Vikram Chandra's novel draws the reader deep into the life of Inspector Sartaj Singh—and into the criminal underworld of Ganesh Gaitonde, the most wanted gangster in India.

Sartaj, one of the very few Sikhs on the Mumbai police force, is used to being identified by his turban, beard and the sharp cut of his trousers. But "the silky Sikh" is now past forty, his marriage is over and his career prospects are on the slide. When Sartaj gets an anonymous tip-off as to the secret hide-out of the legendary boss of G-Company, he's determined that he'll be the one to collect the prize.

Vikram Chandra's keenly anticipated new novel is a magnificent story of friendship and betrayal, of terrible violence, of an astonishing modern city and its dark side. Drawing inspiration from the classics of nineteenth-century fiction, mystery novels, Bollywood movies and Chandra's own life and research on the streets of Mumbai, Sacred Games evokes with devastating realism the way we live now but resonates with the intelligence and emotional depth of the best of literature.

Author Vikram Chandra was born in New Delhi, India in 1961. He attended college in the United States receiving a BA in English with a concentration in creative writing from Pomona College and attended the film school at Columbia University before dropping out to work on his first novel. His first novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain, was ...
Title:Sacred Games: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:992 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.74 inPublished:December 18, 2007Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061130362

ISBN - 13:9780061130366

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Are you on the Edge of your Seat yet? The novel starts off with a bang- a police investigation to be exact- and the action in "Sacred Games" keeps rolling for the remaining 900-odd pages. Chandra takes the reader on a fast-paced journey through the under-belly of Mumbai, from the lowliest of beggars to police constables, FBI agents, a mafia boss, and Bollywood starlets. There are so many characters, in fact, that the reader often has trouble remembering who's who, and has to continuously refer to the front glossary of characters, complete with descriptions. The author has created this fictional world abot a place that is as much fiction as fact; where lies are as good as truth, and beauty can be seen as only skin-deep. The descriptions of places and events are impeccable. The Hindi and inner-city slang is used copiously and needs to be constantly referenced in the back mini-translations dictionary. But the benefit is that you begin to think and talk the way the characters do, and feel sympathy for these all-too-real people flawed in so many relateable ways. At times, the book can be confusing (why is this character coming from out of nowhere?) Even though you find out later who these mystery players are, it doesn't shake that feeling of "why couldn't Chandra make the story flow more easily, instead of some of the sudden stops and starts?" Overall, this crime thriller novel is a success, leaving the reader feeling like a well-versed pro on the hectic streets of Mumbai.
Date published: 2008-08-15

Editorial Reviews

“Unstinting in its ambition...flourishing in its characters…[An] intriguing act of literary decolonization…Sacred Games is cinematic in scope.”