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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every book has a soul....
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 -...
Published on Aug. 5 2009 by Luanne Ollivier

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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
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Luanne Ollivier - See all my reviews
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Ce commentaire est de: The Angel's Game (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. The soul of the person who wrote it and the soul of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down it's pages, it's spirit grows and strengthens. In this place, books no longer remembered by anyone, books that are lost in time, live forever, waiting for the day when they will reach a new readers hands, a new spirit..."

The ending is another one that I think will gender discussion. It is definitive, but may not necessarily be the one you saw coming.

Although Angel's Game and Shadow have connections, it is not necessary to have read Shadow to enjoy this new book. There are four books planned around The Cemetary of Lost Books - each able to be read as a 'stand alone.'
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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
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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 His words flow effortlessly, March 20 2010
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His words flow effortlessly and feel almost alive. Richly descriptive, with a detailed environment faithful to the setting. I was transported, yet never quite felt connected to the characters or the places. Perhaps a visit to old Barcelona is needed. Perhaps the narrator is not meant to be understood and therefore neither are the other characters he describes, characters who all seem to have hidden layers and agendas shrouded in mystery. The story is very fluid and unpredictable, with a plot that often seems almost whimsical. At times it feels like you're floating on a stream of Zafon's imagination, one that meanders, changing directions and speed, but you have faith that Zafon is in control leading you towards a satisfying destination. You hold on, hoping that things don't unravel. It's a ride you want to savor though because there are not many out there who can deliver you so masterfully through such a voyage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book with soul, Oct. 19 2009
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Susie Sharon (Orleans, Ontario Canada) - See all my reviews
Ce commentaire est de: The Angel's Game (Hardcover)
I loved this book for a reason that usually makes me hate them : the ending, in fact the whole book, is ambiguous. You have to decide, at some point, what you want to believe about the story. Is it an insane man going around, creating his own reality? Or is it more? I chose my course with no regrets. But even if you are not thrilled with the possibilities, the author's beautiful prose alone should keep you going. His is a gift of the words, a way to say things that I wish I possessed. Thank you, Mister Zafon, for the beauty of every sentence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Confirms Author's Place, Sept. 22 2009
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Got'em All (Ottawa, Ontario) - See all my reviews
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The Angel's Game should confirm for us, as English speakers, Zafon's stature as a teller of stories. The book is darker at its heart that The Shadow of the Wind but has the same compelling narrative drive. The lines of reality and magic, of innocence and evil, or of madness and sanity are crossed and recrossed as the tale progresses.
This is a story that will stick with you. I expect to reflect on it and through it on both high and lows in human lives, individually and collectively, for a long time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING, July 27 2009
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A. Jacobson "AJ" (Ontario) - See all my reviews
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one word for this book- AMAZING... I was reading for three days without closing the book once.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book rocks!, Sept. 20 2009
Ce commentaire est de: The Angel's Game (Hardcover)
If you're looking for a quick review, then just read this: I LOVED THIS BOOK!

If you're looking for a little bit more of an explanation, then read on.

I was/am a great fan of Carlos Zafon's novel The Shadow of the Wind. And the items that made The Shadow of the Wind book such an awesome read - suspense, romance, action, great character development - are all present here too.

In short, this book is about novelist David Martin. As he goes about his business of writing he becomes befriended by a mysterious French publisher. The publisher asks Martin to write a special novel and from there, the book takes on many different twists and turns. I'll refrain from writing any more as I don't want to give away too much of the plot. However know this. Give this book a read. You won't be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Carlos Ruiz Zafon : The Angel's Game., Aug. 5 2013
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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
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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
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G. Holland (Vancouver Island B.C.) - See all my reviews
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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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