Sacred Games

Sacred Games A policeman a criminal overlord a Bollywood film star beggars cultists spies and terrorists the lives of the privileged the famous the wretched and the bloodthirsty interweave with cataclysmi

  • Title: Sacred Games
  • Author: Vikram Chandra
  • ISBN: 9780061130366
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Paperback
  • A policeman, a criminal overlord, a Bollywood film star, beggars, cultists, spies, and terrorists the lives of the privileged, the famous, the wretched, and the bloodthirsty interweave with cataclysmic consequences amid the chaos of modern day Mumbai, in this soaring, uncompromising, and unforgettable epic masterwork of literary art.

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    1. Vikram Chandra was born in New Delhi.He completed most of his secondary education at Mayo College, a boarding school in Ajmer, Rajasthan After a short stay at St Xavier s College in Mumbai, Vikram came to the United States as an undergraduate student.In 1984, he graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, near Los Angeles with a magna cum laude BA in English, with a concentration in creative writing.He then attended the Film School at Columbia University in New York In the Columbia library, by chance, he happened upon the autobiography of Colonel James Sikander Skinner, a legendary nineteenth century soldier, born of an Indian mother and a British father This book was to become the inspiration for Vikram s novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain He left film school halfway to begin work on the novel.Red Earth and Pouring Rain was written over several years at the writing programs at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Houston Vikram worked with John Barth at Johns Hopkins and with Donald Barthelme at the University of Houston he obtained an MA at Johns Hopkins and an MFA at the University of Houston.While writing Red Earth and Pouring Rain, Vikram taught literature and writing, and also worked independently as a computer programmer and software and hardware consultant His clients included oil companies, non profit organizations, and the Houston Zoo.Red Earth and Pouring Rain was published in 1995 by Penguin India in India by Faber and Faber in the UK and by Little, Brown in the United States The book was received with outstanding critical acclaim It won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book and the David Higham Prize for Fiction.A collection of short stories, Love and Longing in Bombay, was published in 1997 by Penguin India in India by Faber and Faber in the UK and by Little, Brown in the United States Love and Longing in Bombay won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book Eurasia region was short listed for the Guardian Fiction Prize and was included in Notable Books of 1997 by the New York Times Book Review, in Best Books of the Year by the Independent London , in Best Books of the Year by the Guardian London , and in The Ten Best Books of 1997 by Outlook magazine New Delhi Two of these stories have been formerly published in the Paris Review and The New Yorker The story Dharma was awarded the Discovery Prize by the Paris Review, and was included in Year s Best Fantasy and Horror St Martin s Press, 1998.A novel, Sacred Games, was published in 2006 by Penguin India in India and by Faber and Faber in the UK It will be published in January 2007 in the United States by HarperCollins.In June 1997, Vikram was featured in the New Yorker photograph of India s leading novelists His work has been translated into eleven languages.He has co written Mission Kashmir, an Indian feature film starring Sanjay Dutt, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, and Jackie Shroff, that was released internationally in late October, 2000.Vikram s mother, Kamna Chandra, is the writer of several Hindi films including Prem Rog and 1942 A Love Story she has also written plays for All India Radio and Doordarshan His sister, Tanuja Chandra, is a director and screenwriter, who has directed several films including Sur and Sangharsh His other sister Anupama Chopra is a film critic and senior correspondent for India Today she has written Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, a BFI book about the hugely popular 1995 hit Her first book, Sholay The Making of a Classic, won the Swarn Kamal, a national award for the best Indian book on cinema in 1995 Vikram s father, Navin Chandra, is a retired executive.Vikram Chandra currently divides his time between Mumbai and Berkeley, California, where he teaches creative writing at the University of California He lives with his wife Melanie Abrams, who is also a novelist.

    2. (A-) 81% | Very GoodNotes: It was a frequent disappointment to find vernacular absent from the glossary, and otherwise indefinable by context.

    3. 2017 UPDATE This is Netflix's first Indian series!Rating: 3.5* of fiveThe Publisher Says: 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 " [...]

    4. It took me a year to read this book. One year and exactly three days. At nine hundred pages, I spent 12 months considering how to approach the text, how to shrink it and put it in my pocket, my purse, comfortably under my arm. After 12 months I sat down, opened it, and proceeded to consume it in three days.Sacred Games follows a Bombay police inspector and mafia Don: two men whose stories critically cross but only briefly meet. As the story unfolds, the list of characters grows to extreme propor [...]

    5. Onvan : Sacred Games - Nevisande : Vikram Chandra - ISBN : 61130354 - ISBN13 : 9780061130359 - Dar 916 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2006

    6. Well, what a little hypocrite I am because politically, this book has so much wrong with it on so many levels. So don't rush out and read it and then denounce me, and you know who I'm talking to. But. Still. What a story. What writing. What a great read. In its scope and thrust and breadth -- it is at once a detective story, a character study or rather series of character studies, a sweeping meditation on the post-colonial history of India and in particular the national question (I found one of [...]

    7. What a book! It took me a while to complete owing to the length. But a solid story with many smaller stories intertwined. The main protagonists Sartaj Singh and Ganesh Gaitonde are very very well written. Not that well covered but very memorable are the two sisters Jojo and Mary. But the smaller characters (present in abundance) are the true scene-stealers. Aadil who appears at the fag end, Sartaj's co-workers - Kanetkar (and his family), Kamble, Parulkar, Majid Khan; Blackmailed Kamala and her [...]

    8. Vikram Chandra's "Sacred Games" is the "best" Bombay book, whichever way you look at it. It is set in Bombay and it is about the great metropolis. Bombay is probably the main character in this "tome" (900 pages and 7 years in the making), which is at first difficult to penetrate, but completely addictive and rewarding once, you go past the 200 page mark.What makes the book difficult to penetrate is the profusion of characters and the confusing at first-plot structure. (and to readers not from Bo [...]

    9. ‘Sacred Games’ weaves together the Mumbai underworld, its police and the glitterati, into a colourful mosaic that’s resplendent in multiple themes, voices and characters. At nine hundred pages, this tome of a book does look a bit daunting at first, but promises a lot of action if the reader is patient enough to sit through all of it. Sartaj Singh is a middle-aged Sikh police inspector in Mumbai, corrupt yet likable, divorced yet not throwing himself in the way of every woman, sycophantic y [...]

    10. This is, as many have no doubt noted, a long book. I read at night before I go to bed, so this was a long read for me, but I looked forward to being pulled into it each night. I won't describe the plot because you can find it elsewhere, except to say that its setting is Bombay (Mumbai) and that it's a book of dual identities -- cop and mobster -- and depicts each with varying degrees of sympathy, empathy and sadness. I felt both were at the core melancholy figures looking for something. One thin [...]

    11. This utterly rocked. It's epic crime fiction story set in the epic city of Bombay, weaving in the Indian mafia, Bollywood, Eastern philosophy, the class of ancient India and a thoroughly modern society, love, lust, loss. Yet its protagonist and reluctant hero, Sikh policeman Sartaj Singh is down-to-earth, an ambivalent but ultimately honest cop swimming against the flood of corruption and temptation in a city he loves. This is a 900 page undertaking but it moves with a terrific storyline and fas [...]

    12. This is a sprawling novel about gangsters and cops in Mumbai, India. The author includes a Hindi glossary to assist with the Hindi words sprinkled liberally throughout the text. At first I was frustrated because I wanted to look all of them up, and this book is big (900 pages) and heavy, which made it very cumbersome. But as I went along, I recognized many of the words (especially the bad ones!), so I didn't have to refer to the glossary as often. The main characters are Sartaj Singh, a policema [...]

    13. Свещени игри в тъмната страна на Индия: knigolandiafo/book-review/s Още в началото ще кажа, че не е редно да се дирят сравнения с “Шантарам” на Грегъри Дейвид Робъртс, тя е излязла преди тази на Чандра, но последната разказва “отвътре”, както трябва да бъде разказвана Индия. Детайлите, [...]

    14. So close . . . I almost loved this book, but somehow the whole was less than the sum of the (ample) parts. In the end, as much as I enjoyed each of the narratives, I didn't think that Chandra had the chops to integrate them, which is unfortunate since that seemed to be the whole point of the thing. Chandra gets massive points for ambition, but comes up short in the execution. The biggest problem is Chandra's inability (or, more charitably, disinclination) to vary his narrative voice despite his [...]

    15. I'll ignore the insets when I write about this book. Being from Mumbai and someone who loves the city more than anything, this book was a wonderful read. Chandra tells nice stories! More about this book in this post, in my blog.

    16. How can I possibly describe a 947-page book in the space of a brief review? I guess I could start by saying that my interest was maintained all the way through, which is saying a lot. This book didn't change my life or anything, but it was a great read and a great story and I had absolutely no problem with the length. Although a few of the subplots and interludes were arguably less necessary, they were no less engaging."Sacred Games" explores the lives of two Mumbai men, a police officer named S [...]

    17. As someone with a 300-page attention span, I wasn't sure I'd finish Vikram's 900-page magnum opus. But the story is so engrossing I could hardly put the book down, and I'm not someone who generally reads crime thrillers. The language is stunning, the characters are rich and deep, and book gives Westerners like me a view into Indian life that we would never be likely to see otherwise. I found myself lingering over the images and ideas in this book long after the 900th page.

    18. Sacred Games the book should ideally be named as '6 Degrees of separation' or 'Chaos theory' or 'Butterfly effect' etc because everyone & every situation & every thing is related to each other starting a chain of events, growing bigger & bigger till the end when we realise that this ripple which was bound to lead to a tsunami actually led to a bubble well its an interesting read with many plots the religious animosity, gang war of mumbai dons, underbelly of mumbai slum life and unde [...]

    19. So this was a thrilling page-turner. With lots of Indian gaalis thrown in. And of course, tons and tons of violence. And two amazing characters - Sartaj and Gaitonde. The tone of the book, the dialogues were right on the money, really authentic and all that. I really liked his language. But "literary masterpiece" - I think not. Also, it was too bloody long. I like to relish a good book, admire a nice turn of phrase - and this book was full of those - but there were parts where I was just skimmin [...]

    20. I was looking for an Indian detective novel, and I surely found it. You have to commit yourself to this book, because it's an Indian novel in the Mahabbarata style900 pages long. But if you do commit, there are several rewards. One, you'll learn all the Hindi/Urdu curse words you'll ever need to know, and find yourself wanting to randomly sprinkle them into conversation. Two, you'll find yourself addressing your cats as "Kevin-ji" and "Gilly saab," which is kind of cool, though puzzling to the c [...]

    21. Really, really, really a good read. Pulled me in and kept me there despite its LOOONG length. It is almost a 1000 pages. But so well written. I love complex interwoven stories, stories from which other stories emerge. Despite not meeting characters for whole chapters, you recollect them easily. The portraits are quite nice but Bombay and its messy feelings run through the whole novel. It is replete with Bambaiya which one may understand using the glossary provided at the back of the book. Lotsa [...]

    22. I am a sucker for fiction set in or around Mumbai, so picking this up was a no-brainer. Chandra's first book, Red Earth & Falling Rain, was only so-so but this new book has managed to grip me within the first 50 pages. I'll let you know how I'm feeling after I get to Page 900 or so900 pages later, I am of the opinion that Vikram Chandra is in dire need of a skilled editor. This could have been whittled down about 500 pages and moved a lot more smoothly, yet the characters are still interesti [...]

    23. 4.9/5My own life had taught me what was real, and I knew that what men can imagine, they can make real. And so I was terrified.Out of all the books I've gone through in the last few years since I committed to having at least one 700+ page behemoth on my docket, this is likely the most casual. It was no trouble at all to crack it open at eleven at night after a full day of work and already completed reading load, not to mention my motivation for reading this when I did was the upcoming Netflix se [...]

    24. Glorious. Almost unutterably wonderful.It is simply sublime how Vikram Chandra makes poetry and spine-tingling human drama from what – on the face of it – should be an overstuffed airport-novel blend of police procedural, espionage thriller, love story and gangster tale. Sacred Games is rich, ribald, cunning, sharply plotted (for all its sprawling 900 pages) and it mainlines deep into your brain through sentences of sensuous beauty.From the first sentence of the first chapter, "Policeman's [...]

    25. I loved, i loved, i loved this book. My god, i loved this book. Definitely one of my faves of this whole year worth of reading. I loved that it was this sprawling epic, i loved the twisty knot of its plot, i loved the complexity of the characters, i loved the structure of the dual narrative, i loved the little departures from that structure, i loved the way the whole novel is steeped in the intricacies of South Asian cultures. And OMG, but i’m in big love with Inspector Sartaj Singh. If you en [...]

    26. "Sacred Games is a brilliant crime epic, which impressively balances a literary detective and gangster story with a cinematically violent tale of contemporary Bombay. One of Chandra's most remarkable achievements amidst this novel of marvels is his ability to turn mundane moments into extraordinary ones; a father's lovingly ritualized inquiries into his sons' hygiene are just as compelling as far higher octane scenes of crime and gang wars. The overall effect for the reader is to have the breadt [...]

    27. At exactly 101th page, a thought passed through my mind - "What could be alternative uses of this book?"First, it can really pass off as a nice and "hard" pillow, when you need one and not a real one handy. Second, you can hurl it at someone, a vermin perhaps, if you want to really "hurt" that someone. (yes, I am talking about the hardcover edition, which I possess).Third, if your arms don't reach to the top shelf, you can use it as a small stool, that can give you the required "elevation".But, [...]

    28. I got this book: At a used bookstore in Waupaca, WI, while on my used bookstore tour in March 2010.This was an incredibly good book. Sartaj, the lead police inspector and one of the main characters, was my favorite. However, I also ended up really liking Ganesh, the seedy mob boss. I like them both on their own, but what I find really fascinating is how their lives parallel each other. They both have gurus (Sartaj - professional, Ganesh - spiritual) who let them down, the women they want to push [...]

    29. This big, juicy novel exuberantly thrusts the reader into modern India like no other I've read. Although the story moves as fast as any successful thriller, and the plot careens energetically in many directions, it's all headed to one deeper place: to examine if the way we act in the world reflects who we are inside, or is an assumed, learned response to the circumstances we experience. With that difficult task in hand, Chandra, a master raconteur, tells the intertwining stories of two men, who [...]

    30. "Sacred Games" revolves around the suicide of Ganesh Gaitonde, the most wanted gangster in India - a suicide that takes place in a newly-built fortified bunker in the center of Mumbai - and the investigation of how Gaitonde came to his end by Sartaj Singh, a once high-flying inspector on the police force who is beginning to realize he is on the back end of his career without much to show for it. This, however, is no simple whodunnit. Rather, we watch Singh pursue leads on the Gaitonde case at th [...]

    31. No sé que tiene este libro pero engancha. Que a nadie le atemoricen sus 1200 páginas porque se van recorriendo sin apenas darse cuenta, siguiendo una historia que no se apresura pero que transcurre, se entrelaza y finalmente se cierra de una manera sencilla y a la vez brillante."Juegos sagrados" es un descubrimiento de la India moderna, de su ruido, sus olores, sus contrastes y variaciones, su pobreza y su corrupción, la vida difícil de unos y de otros. Un viaje fascinante a una realidad com [...]

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