Age of vice

by Kapoor, Deepti,

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"Binge-worthy reading at its best: an addictive, action-packed page-turner of epic proportions about the machinations of one dizzyingly wealthy family in contemporary India and the outsiders who are drawn into their treacherous web"--
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Booklist Review: "From all indications, it might appear that we are living in the age of vice, the Kali Yuga that ancient Hindu texts speak of. Accordingly, when a speeding Mercedes plows over five sleeping roadside dwellers late at night in New Delhi, the blame for the horrific tragedy falls on the driver. But Ajay is simply a puppet, a chauffeur who sits only slightly higher on the food chain than the people he inadvertently killed. Opening in medias res from this tragedy, Kapoor (A Bad Character, 2015) spins a dizzying ride, painting an India where money is the only religion. The story's anchor is the flamboyant Sunny, the scion of the ultrawealthy Wadia family. In Sunny's clash with his powerful father, journalist Neda Kapur ends up steamrolled as collateral. Weaving the backstories of Ajay, Neda, and Sunny together, Kapoor's frenetic and colorful novel highlights the new global pecking order, one forged by capitalism, in which the rich always win. In the age of vice, as Neda says, "the wheel will keep turning toward the dissolution that will swallow us all." But as this gripping tale shows, even the weakest deserve one last gasp of dignity."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In Kapoor's searing portrait of India at the turn of the 21st century (after Bad Character), finely wrought characters go to great lengths to escape the bonds into which they were born. Ajay, from a desperately poor family and sold into servitude by his mother at eight in 1991, begins working for Sunny Wadia, an unhappy playboy and scion of a powerful family, in 2001. Sunny's father, Bunty, and mysterious uncle Vicky hold sway over whole swaths of the Indian economy and political landscape. Neda Kapur is a cynical journalist first drawn to Sunny by a corruption story she is writing, but is soon caught in the vortex of Sunny's lavish lifestyle of endless parties, drugs, and conspicuous consumption facilitated by the ever-present Ajay. Sunny dreams of creating new cities and carving a new path for himself, but he is emasculated by his father's hold on the family's empire. As Sunny and his friends' behavior becomes increasingly reckless, Ajay is made a scapegoat for a shocking fatal car accident, and Neda witnesses in full the ethical morass upon which the Wadias' success is built. Kapoor's violent and bitter story is deeply addictive; this spellbinder would be easy to devour in one big gulp, but it's worth savoring for Neda's uncompromising take on what she terms India's "losing age, the age of vice." The author possesses a talent great enough to match the massive scope of her subject. (Jan.)"
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Subjects Crime FICTION
Literary FICTION
Family Life FICTION
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Penguin Publishing Group,2023
Penguin Publishing Group2023
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9780593328811
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