Deepti Kapoor’s “Age Of Vice” is a sprawling, old-fashioned epic that reads like a fusion of Don Winslow and Rohinton Mistry. It’s the story of India at the turn of the 21st century, prismed through the perspectives of three characters navigating the country’s rampant corruption; its prejudice, class, money and power; and facing up to their own morality as their fates entwine.
Kapoor demonstrates true artistry as she cuts between time periods, storytelling styles, and viewpoints. The sheer ambition of her story is breath-taking; that its telling is so crystalline is even more so. The internet tells me it’s the first part of a trilogy — in which case its sequels can’t come soon enough.