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ISBN13: 9780385528702
ISBN10: 0385528701
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If you've read The Shadow of the Wind, you won't need to read another word — you were likely so enthralled with Carlos Ruiz Zafón's breathtaking literary thriller that you've already ordered your copy of Angel's Game. For those who don't know, Zafón is a masterful storyteller whose Cemetery of Forgotten Books will enchant every lover of books.
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Publisher Comments:

Stephen King hailed of Carlos Ruiz Zafón's previous novel, the internationally bestselling sensation The Shadow of the Wind: "If you thought the true gothic novel died with the nineteenth century, this will change your mind...the real deal...one gorgeous read."

Now master storyteller Carlos Ruiz Zafón returns with The Angel's Game, a dazzling new page-turner about the perilous nature of obsession, in literature and in love.

"The whole of Barcelona stretched out at my feet and I wanted to believe that, when I opened those windows, its streets would whisper stories to me, secrets I could capture on paper and narrate to whomever cared to listen..."

In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martín, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner.

Like a slow poison, the history of the place seeps into his bones as he struggles with an impossible love. Close to despair, David receives a letter from a reclusive French editor, Andreas Corelli, who makes him the offer of a lifetime. He is to write a book unlike anything that has ever existed — a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, and perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realizes that there is a connection between his haunting book and the shadows that surround his home.

Once again, Zafón takes us into a dark, gothic universe first seen in The Shadow of the Wind and creates a breathtaking adventure of intrigue, romance, and tragedy. Through a dizzingly constructed labyrinth of secrets, the magic of books, passion, and friendship blend into a masterful story.

Review:

"Fans of Zafón's The Shadow of the Wind and new readers alike will be delighted with this gothic semiprequel. In 1920s Barcelona, David Martin is born into poverty, but, aided by patron and friend Pedro Vidal, he rises to become a crime reporter and then a beloved pulp novelist. David's creative pace is frenetic; holed up in his dream house — a decrepit mansion with a sinister history — he produces two great novels, one for Vidal to claim as his own, and one for himself. But Vidal's book is celebrated while David's is buried, and when Vidal marries David's great love, David accepts a commission to write a story that leads him into danger. As he explores the past and his mysterious publisher, David becomes a suspect in a string of murders, and his race to uncover the truth is a delicious puzzle: is he beset by demons or a demon himself? Zafón's novel is detailed and vivid, and David's narration is charming and funny, but suspect. Villain or victim, he is the hero of and the guide to this dark labyrinth that, by masterful design, remains thrilling and bewildering. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

Caveat lector: If you believe the only proper place for pulp is in your orange juice, then, for pity's sake, steer clear of Carlos Ruiz Zafon. In his much-loved "The Shadow of the Wind" and in this new offering, no trope of popular fiction is off limits, and nothing succeeds like excess. You will either nod approvingly when someone bangs typewriter keys until his fingers bleed or an old widow croaks,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Once again, Zafón proves himself a magician, vividly invoking bygone Barcelona while unscrolling a byzantine plot at breakneck pace....[A] feast." Booklist

Review:

"Zafón delivers a warning about the dangers of obsession, mixed with an obvious passion for literature and the printed word." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[A] pact-with-the-devil tale whose only purpose is to give its readers some small intimation of the darker pleasures of the literary arts, the weird thrill of storytelling without conscience." New York Times

Synopsis:

From the author of the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind comes The Angel's Game, a new page-turner about the perilous nature of obsession, in literature and in love. Through a dizzingly constructed labyrinth of secrets, the magic of books, passion, and friendship blend into a masterful story.

Synopsis:

In the turbulent and mysterious Barcelona of the 1920s, David Martin, a young novelist obsessed with a forbidden love, receives an offer from an enigmatic publisher to write a book like no other before — a book for which "people will live and die." In return, he is promised a fortune and, perhaps, much more.

Once again, the author of The Shadow of the Wind takes us into the gothic universe of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and creates a breathtaking adventure of intrigue, romance, and tragedy, and a dizzingly constructed labyrinth of secrets where the magic of books, passion, and friendship blend into a masterful story.

About the Author

Carlos Ruiz Zafón is the author of The Shadow of the Wind and other novels. After Cervantes, he is the most widely read Spanish author of all time. His work has been translated into more than forty languages and published around the world, garnering numerous international prizes and reaching millions of readers. He divides his time between Barcelona and Los Angeles.

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mmackie, August 31, 2012 (view all comments by mmackie)
There is something just musical about Zafon's writing--perhaps that is the translation, but as with his first novel in this "series" I somehow think it is just as musical in Spanish. He draws the reader in, keeps him interested, and delivers a solid punch throughout the book. The ending can be taken in so many ways--it's good to have your readers wrapped up in discussions when a novel is over. Beautifully done, interesting, and engaging, just as a good novel should be.
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Aubrey Kendall, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Aubrey Kendall)
Second in Ruiz Zafon's series, which traipses through time, Barcelona and a gothic love of literature, The Angel's Game is a lot of devilish fun. If you've already read The Shadow of the Wind, the be prepared for a darker turn. Maintaining the same flavor of film noir (think bad detectives and woman who melt men's hearts) as The Shadow of the Wind, The Angle's Game is far more magical than it's predecessor. The author tends to rely on tropes to portray his characters, but they are lovable none the less. The protagonist is an author with a shadow pressing down upon him, did he really make a deal with the devil? What is festering in his Modernist style home, complete with leering gargoyles and a turret. If you enjoy a darker flavor in your reading, this book is an easy way to get there. There isn't the lingering gruesomeness of Poe, but you'll still want to make sure the doors are locked tight every night. I tend to avoid what people call "light reading" because I am a college student and I feel lazy if I don't, but this is just fun. Step out of your ivory tower and join me in a good, faustian detectivesque novel.
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steph h, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by steph h)
"Angel's Game" has one of the most beautiful descriptions of a sky I have ever come across. I savored this book purely for the beautiful constructed sentences, re-reading passages over and over. Despite this I managed to finish it in less than 24 hours. It is the kind of book that ruins whatever you choose to read next, so I chose to re-read the only book I have enjoyed more, "Shadow of the WInd".
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385528702
Author:
Ruiz Zafon, Carlos
Publisher:
Doubleday Books
Author:
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Author:
Zafon, Carlos Ruiz
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Barcelona (spain)
Subject:
Antiquarian booksellers - Spain - Barcelona
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Thrillers
Copyright:
Publication Date:
June 2009
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
9.55 x 6.39 x 1.5 in 1.9 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

If you've read The Shadow of the Wind, you won't need to read another word — you were likely so enthralled with Carlos Ruiz Zafón's breathtaking literary thriller that you've already ordered your copy of Angel's Game. For those who don't know, Zafón is a masterful storyteller whose Cemetery of Forgotten Books will enchant every lover of books.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Fans of Zafón's The Shadow of the Wind and new readers alike will be delighted with this gothic semiprequel. In 1920s Barcelona, David Martin is born into poverty, but, aided by patron and friend Pedro Vidal, he rises to become a crime reporter and then a beloved pulp novelist. David's creative pace is frenetic; holed up in his dream house — a decrepit mansion with a sinister history — he produces two great novels, one for Vidal to claim as his own, and one for himself. But Vidal's book is celebrated while David's is buried, and when Vidal marries David's great love, David accepts a commission to write a story that leads him into danger. As he explores the past and his mysterious publisher, David becomes a suspect in a string of murders, and his race to uncover the truth is a delicious puzzle: is he beset by demons or a demon himself? Zafón's novel is detailed and vivid, and David's narration is charming and funny, but suspect. Villain or victim, he is the hero of and the guide to this dark labyrinth that, by masterful design, remains thrilling and bewildering. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Once again, Zafón proves himself a magician, vividly invoking bygone Barcelona while unscrolling a byzantine plot at breakneck pace....[A] feast."
"Review" by , "Zafón delivers a warning about the dangers of obsession, mixed with an obvious passion for literature and the printed word."
"Review" by , "[A] pact-with-the-devil tale whose only purpose is to give its readers some small intimation of the darker pleasures of the literary arts, the weird thrill of storytelling without conscience."
"Synopsis" by , From the author of the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind comes The Angel's Game, a new page-turner about the perilous nature of obsession, in literature and in love. Through a dizzingly constructed labyrinth of secrets, the magic of books, passion, and friendship blend into a masterful story.
"Synopsis" by , In the turbulent and mysterious Barcelona of the 1920s, David Martin, a young novelist obsessed with a forbidden love, receives an offer from an enigmatic publisher to write a book like no other before — a book for which "people will live and die." In return, he is promised a fortune and, perhaps, much more.

Once again, the author of The Shadow of the Wind takes us into the gothic universe of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and creates a breathtaking adventure of intrigue, romance, and tragedy, and a dizzingly constructed labyrinth of secrets where the magic of books, passion, and friendship blend into a masterful story.

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