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Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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From the author of the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind, comes a riveting new masterpiece about love, literature, and betrayal. In this powerful, labyrinthian thriller, David Martín is a pulp fiction writer struggling to stay afloat. Holed up in a haunting abandoned mansion in the heart of Barcelona, he furiously taps out story after story, becoming increasingly desperate and frustrated. Thus, when he is approached by a mysterious publisher offering a book deal that seems almost too good to be real, David leaps at the chance. But as he begins the work, and after a visit to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, he realizes that there is a connection between his book and the shadows that surround his dilapidated home and that the publisher may be hiding a few troubling secrets of his own. Once again, Ruiz Zafón takes us into a dark, gothic Barcelona and creates a breathtaking tale of intrigue, romance, and tragedy

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every book has a soul.... Aug. 5 2009
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Translated from Spanish by Lucia Graves.

I loved Zafon's breakaway bestseller novel The Shadow of the Wind and have eagerly awaited the release of The Angel's Game from Random House Canada.

David Martin is raised in poverty in Barcelona in the early 1900's. Orphaned, his love of words is what saves him. The owner of a bookstore - Sempere and Sons - also plays a significant role in his life. David lands a position at a newspaper and over the years works his way up to being a writer. He is befriended by a wealthy, older writer - Don Pedro Vidal - and begins writing successful, sensationalistic fiction under a pseudonym. When a mysterious French publisher, Corelli, offers him a small fortune to write a book that Corelli thinks will change the course of a belief system, he leaps at the chance. David moves into a small mansion that has been shuttered for years and begins to write. But Corelli is not what he seems and David's new home has secrets that threaten to consume him and those he loves.

The Angel's Game is intriguing, combining subtle supernatural elements with an actual mystery. It has a very gothic feel to it. There are many twists and turns, that change the story and keep you glued to the edge of your seat. Obsession is a theme running throughout the book - with love and language. David's love of Cristina - Vidal's wife and the written word are captured by Zafon's prose. His language is beautiful, seizing settings and bringing them to life. I could taste the dust in the bookstore.

The Cemetery of Lost Books plays a part in The Angel's Game as well. For those who haven't read The Shadow of the Wind, here's a passage that absolutely captivated me:

" This place is a mystery. A sanctuary. Every book, every volume you see, has a soul.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING July 27 2009
Format:Hardcover
one word for this book- AMAZING... I was reading for three days without closing the book once.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, compelling story, had to put down June 6 2010
Format:Paperback
Carlos Ruiz Zafon's 'The Angel's Game' came into my possession a few days ago when I was desperate to read "something" of the non-fiction selection in my local book store. It took me a while combing the shelves and finally my eyes fell upon his book. Love the cover, rich creamy pages, and bought it without hesitation. Opened it up and started to read it. I could not put it down. Set in Barcelona, with a rich flowing narrative, we get to know, and understand the complex characters like the hero, David Martin, a struggling writer to signs up for a deal he couldn't refuse, and ends up with more than he bargained for. Witty, well-written, and mysterious, the book does not fail to deliver.
A description of the book can be found on the author's website [...].
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4.0 out of 5 stars Carlos Ruiz Zafon : The Angel's Game. Aug. 5 2013
By Hana
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have read The Shadow of the Wind by Ruiz Zafon and I liked that important novel very much. When I started reading The Angel's Game, at the beginning I had the feeling that this novel is also expansive, wise, and would become a classic. The character of Isabella is unforgettable, and the final redemption of the 'would-be' writer Vidal is deeply felt. However, in about the middle the book became messy. There are too many characters, too much betrayal, and the impression that if everyone is bad, then it doesn't matter who is who. A great novel slips into a detective thriller.
Even the main character, David Martin, doesn't know who he is. How guilty is he?
I don't understand the two Cristinas. Why is the mature one so desperately unable to be happy, and who is the child Cristina, who is brought to Martin by Lucifer? Is she a child of human parents,or did the Devil create her to please and torture Martin for eternity?
In every work of art there should be a believable outline. Only then can we believe in the unbelievable,that is,if the feeling of normality is maintained all around. So, I must say that this novel was a disappointment considering the expectations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars couldnt be happier March 27 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
the book i received was in great condition, i love this book and im so glad i got it at such a great price thank you !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. Jan. 14 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Love the style, love the era, love Barcelona.
Follows from the first book, some of the same charcaters, some new ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just as awesome as its predecessor July 27 2012
By G. Larouche TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
After reading "Shadow of the Wind", I knew I would ravenously read anything else Zafon would publish, and I was not disappointed in the least with the second installment of his "Cemetery of Forgotten Books" series. Both novels are stand alones, so don't need to have read its predecessor before you tackle with gorgeous Neo-Gothic novel.

Set in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War, "The Angel's Game" follows a young aspiring writer, David Martin, who after making a living writing penny dreadfuls, gets an enticing offer from a mysterious stranger: he must write a book that will change the world... But his love for the beautiful Cristina grows into an obsession that will torment him within an inch of his sanity, while bodies pile up and ominous characters cross his path. Eventually, you start wondering if everything that Martin sees is really happening, or has he gone mad and sold his soul?

This novel is a masterful love letter to Barcelona and a stunning homage to noir fiction: blood, money, books, love, insanity and dark strangers are elements that Zafon plays with to make you loose yourself in a story within a story. The writing flows beautifully: you can almost watch the movie of the book happening right in front of your eyes as you compulsively turn page after page to find out what happens next.

If you liked "Shadow of the Wind", this will not disappoint. Highly recommended to fans of dark, Gothic books, and any book lover who wishes to walk the aisles of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Angel's Game
Great read. The writer repeatedly lulls you into thinking this is a mystery, but then surprises you with sensitive interpersonal stuff that make the characters' personalities leap... Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2011 by Dr Eric A Saibil
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Mysterious & Gothic but Confusing
Reason for Reading: I had heard great things about Zafon's first book and the mysterious plot of this one intrigued me. Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2011 by Nicola Mansfield
4.0 out of 5 stars not quite shadow of the wind
It was a beautifully written book. It relates somewhat to shadow of the wind, being a prequil, but the story line is extremely similar at times. Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2010 by yearning for shadow
3.0 out of 5 stars Good - But a Tough Read for Me
I confess, I was drawn to this book because of its cover. What reader could resist a cover that looks like this? Read more
Published on March 21 2010 by MacFly
4.0 out of 5 stars His words flow effortlessly
His words flow effortlessly and feel almost alive. Richly descriptive, with a detailed environment faithful to the setting. Read more
Published on March 20 2010 by jwc
5.0 out of 5 stars The book with soul
I loved this book for a reason that usually makes me hate them : the ending, in fact the whole book, is ambiguous. Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2009 by Susie Sharon
3.0 out of 5 stars the angels game
I've only started to read this book, but so far
it is not spellbinding....I hope it improves with
reading.
Published on Sept. 24 2009 by H. Cutten
5.0 out of 5 stars Confirms Author's Place
The Angel's Game should confirm for us, as English speakers, Zafon's stature as a teller of stories. Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2009 by Got'em All
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