Edik, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Edik)
I enjoyed every moment of reading this book. It seems that Carlos Ruiz Zafon went beyond himself. The writing is much more mature than in "The Shadow of the wind", the atmosphere is darker, and it's much harder to put the book down before you finish reading it.
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.
by Philadelphia Inquirer,
by Publishers Weekly,
"Fans of Zafon'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? Zafon's novel is detailed and vivid, and Davids 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." (starred Review)
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Another delicious supernatural mystery from bestselling Catalan author Zafon (The Shadow of the Wind, 2005). Mix Edgar Allan Poe with Jorge Luis Borges, intellectual mysterian Arturo Perez-Reverte, and maybe add a dash of Stephen King, and you have some of the makings of Zafons sensibility. Fans of his earlier book will be pleased to find themselves on patches of familiar ground, including a revisit to that wonderful conceit, the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Indeed, this is a prequel — but only of a kind: Familiar figures turn up at points, only to seem less than familiar as the narrative twists and turns. The none-too-heroic hero, David Martin, is an aspiring journalist who bucks hackwork to turn in a crowd-pleasing series for a tough boss. This leads him into an onerous contract with the usual crooked publishers and, indirectly, into a rivalry with his former mentor — all of which, naturally, entails love triangles and smoldering egos. The picture is complicated by the arrival of another curious publisher, Andreas Corelli, who offers David piles of pesetas to write, well, a book of a different sort, involving research that yields piles of corpses and occasions ample cliffhangers. Zafon has a fine talent for inserting unexpected hitches into a story line already resistant to graphing, whose outcome is definitely not seen from afar. The plot resolves in a rush, for the author finds himself with many a loose end to tie up, but once it sinks in, the result is more than satisfying. Zafon delivers a warning about the dangers of obsession, mixed with an obvious passion for literature and the printed word; his book is also a song of love for Barcelona with all its creaking floorboards and hidden subbasements.A nice fit with the current craze for learned mysteries and for spooks of both the spying and the spectral kind."
"One gorgeous read." Stephen King
by Washington Post,
by New York Times,
by Entertainment Weekly,
by New York Times Book Review,
by The Economist,
by Library Journal,
by USA Today,
“[Zafon's] visionary storytelling prowess is a genre unto itself."
by Seattle Times,
"[A] rip-roaring Gothic mystery....Will keep you glued to your deck chair."
by Miami Herald,
"A wickedly clever tale."
by Denver Post,
“Ruiz Zafon’s narrative twists and soars, part dream and part slippery reality brought to live in vivid detail.... A book for story lovers: expansive, rich and slow to digest."
by The Washington Post,
"Zafon can write up a storm....A dream from which it would be imprudent to awake."
by Los Angeles Times,
“Absorbing.... Offers not only plenty of plot intricacies and mystery but also a lyrical style of writing.... A literary centaur in which a meditation on the craft of writing is combined with a thriller.”
by The Onion,
"A love letter to all things literary, and a paean to the power of the written word....Zafon is a storyteller with vast gifts."
by The Christian Science Monitor,
“A thriller laden with Gothic elements....A pleasure to read.”
by The Oregonian,
"Zafon keeps the twists coming, right down to the last page."
by Wall Street Journal,
“Gothic, fantastical and lushly atmospheric.”
“Irresistible....Writhes and twists....We can compare Zafon to Dickens or Poe, but his brilliant writing puts him in a league of his own....Exquisite.”
From a master storyteller, author of the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind, comes a dazzling new page-turner about the perilous nature of obsession, in literature and in love. Through a dizzyingly constructed labyrinth of secrets, the magic of books, passion, and friendship blends into a masterful story.
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