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The buzz in the literary world at the moment is about a 900-page epic crime novel set in modern-day India. It's called "Sacred Games," and it's author is Vikram Chandra. Book critic Maureen Corrigan has a review.
MAUREEN CORRIGAN: The test of a teeming narrative like this is its end. Unlike the ordered universe of the great 19th century Russian and British novelists, all the storylines here don't converge in one big pleasing click of coincidence. This is modern India after all. Chaotic, beautiful, on the move. "Sacred Games" ends in many disparate clicks and some deliberately dangling threads. But here's one crucial experience Chandra's novel does offer in common with its sprawling 19th century forebears. When, as a reader, you reach the last page of "Sacred Games," you feel as though you've been expelled from a world that, over weeks of reading, has come to feel like a second home.
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