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A Police Inspector and India’s Most Notorious Gangster Collide in a Strange Relationship

Sacred Games: A Novel by Vikram Chandra

Reviewed by Jonathan Yardley
Washington Post Book World

"The enthusiasm with which the venerable firm of HarperCollins is promoting this massive deadweight of a novel, and the money that it's putting where its mouth is, leaves one to ponder once again the eternally mysterious ways of the book-publishing industry. Certainly, Vikram Chandra is a writer of some talent, and he has a couple of British Commonwealth prizes to show for it, yet how is one to explain the ballyhoo with which advance proofs of Sacred Games were accompanied — they actually came in a gold slipcase! — or the $300,000 that the publisher says it will spend on a campaign to market the novel? It is almost inconceivable to me that American readers will rush to buy this novel, much less keep on reading it after, say, the first 50 pages, yet HarperCollins is so convinced they will that it is betting the house on Sacred Games...." Read the entire Washington Post Book World review.

3 Responses to "A Police Inspector and India’s Most Notorious Gangster Collide in a Strange Relationship"

    Ramesh Raghuvanshi January 12th, 2007 at 9:16 am

    Novel writing is fully commercial game,from past several years Indian who educated in english medium they also rush in this rate race, no one know true India, these writers are really speaking are call girls to entertain western readers. or say new nigger for white people
    When every thing is commercial real art must die.

    chris January 12th, 2007 at 9:51 am

    Thank you for the review. This will save me the time and money of buying this book.

    Susana Conde January 14th, 2007 at 10:01 am

    Evoking the ineffable pleasure of reading Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy, I was ready to thoughtlessly plunge into Sacred Games. This review, however, stopped me in mid-plunge. I'll check others, to confirm. But I don't foresee any Sacred Games in my future.

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