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ISBN13: 9780385528702
ISBN10: 0385528701
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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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LynneP, November 29, 2009 (view all comments by LynneP)
A lonely boy grows up loving words, becomes a writer, loses his heart and soul -- one to a woman, the other, perhaps, to a fallen angel. Include melodramatic coincidences and inevitabilities, the best used bookstore ever imagined and the fearsome Cemetery of Lost Books, and this couldn't be anything except the work of Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

Ever since The Shadow of the Wind swept across the world with its story of love and loss, set against the backdrop of war-weary Barcelona and the threat of totalitarianism, readers have been clamoring for another visit to the cemetery.

The Barcelona of The Angel's Game, Barcelona exists years before the first novel. David Martin, an aspiring young journalist, is given the chance of a lifetime when there is no one else to fill empty newspaper columns. His dashing stories of derring-do, with titles such as City of the Damned, soon make him popular and bring him to the notice of a mysterious publisher. But he also has a worldly mentor in Pedro Vidal, who has closer ties to David than he realizes.

Both David and Vidal love Christina, daughter to Vidal's driver. But is she the one for David, or will the eventual winner of his heart be the plucky Isabella, daughter to a neighborhood grocer who grew up idolizing him and determined to be a writer just like him?

David eventually overdoes it writing the equivalent of penny dreadfuls and, while seriously ill, makes a dangerous bargain with the mysterious publisher, one Andrea Corelli. Good thing David has his dear friends, Senor Sempere and his son, at that used bookstore. And an eventual introduction to that most marvelous of places that should exist, the Cemetery of Lost Books. Because it's not exactly coincidence that Corelli wears a pin that looks like an angel, and that his Paris office does not exist. So when he demands David make good on his end of the bargain, young Martin risks more than a publishing contract.

Although the plot climaxes in cinematic excess as OTT as anything in David Martin's own penny dreadfuls, the love that Zafon has for love, art and literature shines in every heartfelt exclamation of his earnest characters. Some readers will not appreciate David's exploits as much as they did the earlier novel, but with the fullness of time both stories feel like different parts of a continued story. A story that may possibly continue to be told today.

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Jena, November 22, 2009 (view all comments by Jena)
My husband and I were looking forward to this book, but we were very disappointed by The Angel's Game. Every plot twist felt absolutely contrived, the characters often seemed to enter the scene only because it was convenient for them to do so, not because it was a natural chain of events.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385528702
Author:
Ruiz Zafon, Carlos
Publisher:
Doubleday Books
Author:
Zafon, Carlos Ruiz
Author:
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Barcelona (spain)
Subject:
Antiquarian booksellers - Spain - Barcelona
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
fiction;barcelona;spain;mystery;historical fiction;novel;gothic;books about books;thriller;writers;1920s;suspense;magical realism;literature;fantasy;spanish literature;supernatural;literary fiction;historical;writing;cemetery of forgotten books;21st centu
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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Product details 544 pages Doubleday Books - English 9780385528702 Reviews:
"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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