The Angel's Game (El cementerio de los libros olvidados #2)
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
I was rocking through the first half of the book, loving Ruiz Zafón's writing, and then I just stopped caring a little over halfway through. I'm not entirely sure what happened. I think I got sick of having absolutely no freaking idea what wa...more
It starts OK, nothing spectacular at the beginning (well maybe that episode when David, a journalist at this point, visits the brothel - I still haven't figured out its connection with the rest of the story ), but after the first quarter it gets better and better. Now a writer, David is asked by a mysterious editor to writ...more
In the Angel's Game, Zafon has again exhibited his specialty in leading his readers into a series of intricate stories. He makes sure his readers enter that labyrinth of events so engrossed that they would hardly feel that they have been sucked into it. But great Zafon makes sure that his readers come out of it safe. He really has that talent of giving little une...more
But first I want to talk about the writing. GOR-GEOUS. Ruiz Zafon captured me with the first paragraph. In fact, while I was reading "What Dreams May Come" right before this, I snuck a peek and then almost didn't put it back down to finish "WDMC". I mean, look at this:
"A writer n...more
Review & thoughts on re-read in 2012
The Angel’s Game is the prequel to The Shadow of the Wind. This book is set in the gothic city of Barcelona in the 1900’s. It tells the story of David Martin, who one day dreams of becoming a serious writer. He gets his break when he is asked to write a fictional series under a pseudonym. Earning a modest wage, he decides buy an abandoned Tower house, which he has had his eye on for a while, but soon finds out it has a dark history. Over the years David st...more
I was so in love, that I was willing to overlook a nagging flaw -- in a story where language and the craft of writing mean so much, where the writer himself aims a spotlight on authorial laziness ("...more
Too bad -- I really liked The Shadow of the Wind. But unfortunately, like the sequel to The Pillars of the Earth, I think the author was trying too hard to recreate his own success at the expens...more
The Angel's game is mostly slow with too many twists and...more
He soon leaves the newspaper & starts writing pulp fiction under a pseudonym for a le...more
David Martin. A boy that becomes a man too soon, due to some tragic events. He starts working for a living at a small age and for a low wage, constantly pressured by his condition and his dark past. What he doesn’t know is that the future is even darker, maybe too dark, if you ask me.
This story sets up the basis for the characters and The Cemetery of Forgotten Books in The SHADOW OF THE WIND.
By comparison, this book had less cursing and "King David moments". ( I have learned Zafon's pattern for beginning intimate escapades, so I just skipped the paragraphs all together.) Having said this, there was one such "moment", towards the beginning, which was ORCHESTRATED, I believe to reduce the virtue of the main character, so as to make his n...more
The reader of this novel, more so than book #1, is left in the same state of mind as the main character, David Martín,...that is just a little crazy. There's no way I can explain what I'm saying without giving too much away, but this book is an Olympic high dive into one of two mind types, either completely crazy or genius. There is no way to tell. There is no point in knowing the difference. It's basically the same thing. And the swift dive in the...more
This is the macabre and sinister tale of David Martín, a journalist who turns to writing books. Initially, these are regularly churned out, trashy stories, written purely for income. I won’t tell where he progresses to, or describe any of the weird events that ensue, for fear of spoiling this wonderfully intriguing story for you. Suffice to say that this book is packed with action and mystery.
If you build an affinity with a strongly crafted character, then you are in danger of b...more
We again find ourselves visiting the Cemetery of Forgotten Books,...more
Hardcover: 448 pages
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 whoever 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...more
Anyway, the Angel's Game is nowhere near as satisfying as The Shadow of the Wind but is still head and shoulders above most stuff. I felt that, at times, it was slightly humourless, which is an accusation that could never be laid at the door of SOTW, and feels a bit self indulgent at times, the overriding f...more
Incredible book, beautifully written and translated. Mysterious, intriguing, and touching with wonderful characters. It is way beyond anything I could describe. If it sounds even a little bit interesting, I very highly recommend it.
7/9/12: I am re-reading this one on audio in anticipation of the upcoming new book "The Prisoner of Heaven." If you have not read this book or "The Shadow of the Wind," I could not recommend them highly enough and I would say that if you have not read either one, you...more
Carlos has become one of my favorite writers. The way he develops a character throughout a book is impossible to compare with any other writer. This is only his second book I read and I already bought all his other books. And hopefully there will be more.
Someone told me Angel's Game reminds him of Fight Club, a...more
The author (and translator) are amazing. This book has depth, texture, atmosphere and is quite interesting. Zafon delves into a lot of ideas and concepts that made me want to take a break from the book and really think about them. I liked a lot about this book, but it started to get too dark and obscure for me. I am not even sure if I really understood the last 50 pages. I like logic and reality and this takes a turn away from that. If you like the fantasy genre or deep, dark books I think you w...more
His first novel, El príncipe de la niebla (The Prince of Mist, 1993), earned the Edebé literary prize for young adult fiction. He is also the author of three more young-adult novels, El palacio de la medianoche (1994), Las...more