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In May 1980, fifteen-year-old Oscar Drai suddenly vanishes from his boarding school in the old quarter of Barcelona. For seven days and nights no one knows his whereabouts. . . .

His story begins in the heart of old Barcelona, when he meets Marina and her father Germán Blau, a portrait painter. Marina takes Oscar to a cemetery to watch a macabre ritual that occurs on the fo
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Published August 2008 by Planeta (first published 1999)
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Franco  Santos
Aug 09, 2015 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Otra caricia de Zafón a las palabras, otro guiño a la buena literatura. Siempre que leo a este excelente autor, no solo entro en su historia, sino que también la siento. Yo caminaba por la lúgubre Barcelona de 1979, junto con los dos entrañables protagonistas, Oscar y Marina. Podía ver cómo la niebla de esa ciudad encantada nos besaba la piel y los oscuros caminos que se presentaban ante nosotros nos susurraban un secreto inaudible. Recuerdo con inquietud que nos acercamos para tratar de compren ...more
Aug 15, 2015 Antonio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todas las personas sobre el planeta
Recommended to Antonio by: Denisse
Otra noche sin dormir, pero la mejores cosas de la vida merecen la falta de sueño, otra historia llena de sorpresas, de momentos dulces, de momentos amargos, de risa y llanto, y de misterio; y como cada una de la buenas historias que se han contado desde el inicio de los tiempos, comienza y termina con una chica, y el nombre de esa chica es Marina...

y el chico que se enamora perdidamente de ella es Oscar, juntos vivirán una aventura romántica, pero que está muy lejos de ser solo eso. No solo leí
My fucking heart right now. I don't even know if I'd recommend this to someone in fear that I would destroy all of their emotions.

Edit March 2016: Ironically, I gave away my own copy to my love. I'm not sure if that's romantic or sadistic.
Jan 03, 2011 Lavinia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2011
Shorter but definitely darker than The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game. I wish someone made an animation based on the book, it has tons of potential. Or maybe a film, since most of the places described are real, but I'd rather see animated creepy creatures than horror-like ones.
Anyway, a fan of the novel made this video of the places in Barcelona mentioned in the book. I totally love the song and have no idea who sings it. I might just google a bit. Apparently it's Sia's My Love.

Jul 13, 2016 Carmo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espanha, bib-p
Cinco estrelas bem redondas para Marina, para Óscar e para toda a galeria de personagens deste livro. E sobretudo, cinco estrelas - ou uma constelação inteira - para o seu criador: Carlos Ruiz Zafón o autor que me deixa sempre a suspirar por mais.
Não aprendi nada de substancial com este livro, não me despertou a veia filosófica, não precisei de ir ao dicionário uma única vez para desvendar o seu vocabulário, nem precisei de queimar os (poucos) neurónios que me restam para entender o sentido da
Jul 06, 2015 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Soffro in maniera indecente, scrivere una recensione è impensabile.
Sep 14, 2015 Denisse rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-ya-books
*suspira y se echa a llorar*

Definitivamente un libro mucho mas tenebroso y oscuro que cualquier otra cosa que haya leído de Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Con un misterio sobrenatural y una intriga impecables. Con unos personajes simples y adorables y una moraleja sencilla.

"El territorio de los seres humanos es la vida. La muerte no nos pertenece"

"Somos frágiles. Criaturas pasajeras. Cuanto queda de nosotros son nuestras acciones, el bien o el mal que hacemos a nuestros semejantes"

Siempre he pensado que
Sep 09, 2014 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014

In the late 1970s Barcelona was a mirage of avenues and winding alleys where one could easily travel thirty or forty years into the past by just stepping into the foyer of a grand old building or walking into a cafe. Time and memory, history and fiction merged in the enchanted city like watercolours in the rain. It was there, in the lingering echo of the streets that no longer exist, that cathedrals and age-old palaces created the tapestry into which this story would be woven.

Once more, Carlos
Marina Leonhart
Mar 05, 2012 Marina Leonhart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just find this a brilliant book, and its not only because it has the most awesome name like, ever (my name lol) but I think it has a beautiful mixture of many genres, like it has a small dose of romance, sci-fi, mystery, thriller, drama that in a whole make it a book completely delicious and easy to read.

The fact that it can mix sci-fi, with the teenage romance and give it all a total mystery hunter style is priceless. Plus, each of the stories that develop tangled around the other has a one a
Asghar Abbas
Jun 05, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Okay, where do I stand on this ? Wait, lemme get my breath back. Wow. What youthful emotions permeated in this book, raw. This was an excellent novel, clearly a beloved of the author's. It wasn't epic on Shadow of the Wind's scale, but still without much comparing them, it's a fine early work with enough unique wordlings in it to pack quite a few punches, whew.

I don't think this was a Gothic tale per se, but still couple of times during the night it definitely crept me out, had to finish it dur
15-year-old Óscar disappears in May 1980 from his boarding school in Barcelona. During seven days and seven nights, no one knows where he is...

Marina is the fourth book I have read by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (not counting The Rose of Fire since it’s a short story) and I think it’s probably the best I have read of him. This book has nothing to do with The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. But I don’t mind that, it's refreshing to read something different from what one is used to from an author The st
Esmeralda Verdú
Otro de libro que devoré en un mismo día. Esta vez porque de verdad me atrapó con sus geniales personajes, su exquisita narración y por sus inigualable ambientación. No estoy muy segura de lo que esperaba encontrarme en esta lectura, pero aun habiendo sido completamente diferente a lo que pensaba, ha sido toda una delicia de libro y una verdadera grata sorpresa. No sé por qué pensaba que este libro iba a ser más romántico que otra cosa. Pero para nada. Es sobre todo de misterio, de uno muy bien ...more
Sep 03, 2015 Vir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marina me cautivó desde el principio por ese tono melancólico, gótico y, en ocasiones, reflexivo con el que estaba narrada. Una historia llena de misterio, intriga, oscuros secretos y unos jóvenes que no se detendrán ante nada ni nadie para desentrañar un horrible suceso del pasado que ha permanecido enterrado durante demasiado tiempo. Totalmente absorbente.

Mariel Zani Begoña
Todavía me arden los ojos de llorar.

Este libro no sólo es el que más me ha dado miedo en toda mi vida sino que, sin dudas, es el final que más me hizo llorar en toda mi vida. Y no estoy hablando de unas lagrimillas sino de llorar con profundo dolor.

El talento de este tipo es increíble. Este libro me hizo sentir muchas cosas y terminó por estrujarme el corazón y tirarlo a un tacho de basura. Literalmente me sentía como Joey (The friends) con deseos profundos de meterlo adentro del freezer, por e
Review originally published at Learn This Phrase.

Marina is the last of Carlos Ruiz Zafón's existing books to be translated into English, following the first three books of the Barcelona quartet (for adult readers), and the Niebla trilogy (for teenagers). Published in Spanish in 1999 - two years before the worldwide bestseller The Shadow of the Wind - it is the final young adult novel written by the author, and its transitional nature is evident in the style. It reads as a lot more 'grown-up' tha
Jan 27, 2016 Owlseyes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


"Marina és un dels meus favorits"..."Marina es possiblement la més indefinible i difícil de categoritzar de las novel-les que he escrit".
Carlos Ruiz Zafón,Barcelona,Juny del 2008"
"Marina is one of my favorites;'s possibly the most undefinable and hardest to categorize of the novels I have written"
Carlos Ruiz Zafón,Barcelona,June of 2008

Once upon a time,in the 1970's,in Barcelona, a fifteen year old boy "disappeared" for seven days and nights.Oscar Drai was a pupil in a boarding
Jul 04, 2015 TL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Pure magic once again:)

My Original review here

I'll add to this with just my thoughts on the narrator here... he did a wonderful job narrating the story and bringing everyone to life. Each voice was distinctive and fit the character beautifully... I was never once jarred out of the story, one mark of a good narrator.

You have to have a certain passion and understanding of the material when you narrate an audiobook, otherwise it feels forced and flat.. and Daniel Weyman has both :).

Would definite
Viv JM
Carlos Ruiz Zafon's "Marina" has something for everyone. It's part gothic horror, part mystery, part historical fiction, part love story. It will make you shudder and make you cry (or at least, it did me!) The atmosphere is brilliantly maintained throughout, and the descriptions are often breathtaking.

I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Daniel Weyman, and would recommend that format as I thought he did a great job.
Inés Izal
Jul 01, 2015 Inés Izal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos, 2015
Rió y en ese momento, con esa rara certeza que sólo se tiene un par de veces en la vida, supe que iba a pasar el resto de mi vida a su lado.

Zafón eres un grande.
Aug 18, 2016 Sonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Temo redundar al reseñar dos libros seguidos de este autor, porque es cierto, el aura de misterio está sobre todo lo que he leído de él, pero este tenía algo más.
Tenía a Marina.
Además de los secretos que escondían las calles de Barcelona, están esos particulares secretos guardados en el ático de estas almas, secretos que al unirse con el resto hacen de esta experiencia una lectura increíble, llena de terror, tristeza, inquietud y sensaciones que variarán según quién lo lea. Me ha parecido un lib
Enrique Gatica
Aug 21, 2012 Enrique Gatica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Después de haber leído "La Sombra del Viento" y fascinado por la literatura de Carlos Ruiz Zafón, decidí aventurarme al mundo de sus novelas para jóvenes, esperando que fueran, no solo menos maduras, sino menos sorprendentes. ¡Oh sorpresa!

Conforme fui avanzando en el libro, pude notar los elementos clave que tanto había disfrutado de su otra novela aquí presentes, tal vez no tan pulidas, pero igual de sorprendentes. La magia que maneja la historia, al tiempo que la aterriza con personajes asombr
Feb 03, 2016 Yodamom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic audiobook, the narration was wonderful. The story was gothic suspense horror, not too scary, just right. I look forward to reading more form this author.
Aug 15, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
3.5 stars

Zafon does atmosphere better than just about anyone. He returns to Barcelona for this creepy gothic mystery. I listened to the audio which had fantastic narration.
Jan 27, 2016 TL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: favorites
4.5 actually, :) My favorite of these sets of books.. tied with 'watcher in the shadows'..Oscar and Marina are two of my favorite MCs of his.

*minor spoilers abound*

A bit darker than the previous installments with some genuinely disturbing/horrifying moments, 'Marina' is an enchanting tale. Wonderfully tragic, suspenseful... bound with some romance as well.

Its always bittersweet for me in a way to finish a Carlos Ruiz Zafon tale... I love going on the journey and seeing what happens to everyon
Dale Harcombe
Oct 27, 2013 Dale Harcombe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover of this book is enough of a reason to want to read it. I adored the cover. As to the book itself, it is hard to describe. Much of the writing is extremely beautiful. It feels like reading poetry as the writing is so rich in imagery. The depiction of Marina’s lips touching Oscar’s ear is described as ‘tingling on the nape of my neck, like a centipede dancing the bossa nova.’ Or this quote from Quim Salvat, who in earlier times had been a mentor to Marina’s artist father, ‘Beauty is a b ...more
Kevin Cambronero
Muy buena historia. Nuevamente quedo impresionado con la prosa de Zafón, es maravillosa.

Es muy oscuro y siniestro, tiene toques de terror. No tenía idea de que iba a ser así antes de leerlo. El ambiente gótico y lúgubre que crea Zafón es impresionante. Tiene escenas que llegan a ser muy tenebrosas. A veces me cansaba el hecho de que todo tuviera que ser siempre falto de luz y claridad, pero en general es agradable la ambientación.

La historia es, como puede esperarse, profunda y sumamente interes
Jan 12, 2014 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
De todos os livros juvenis escritos por Carlos Ruiz Záfon este é, sem dúvida, o melhor. Apesar de também possuir alguns dos elementos presentes em la Trilogia de la Niebla, penso que neste a fórmula acabou por produzir melhores resultados.

Gostei bastante das personagens e dos seus diálogos, especialmente pelo sarcasmo que de vez em quando pontuava as suas falas. Óscar foi, sem dúvida, a minha personagem preferida, especialmente pela sua ligeireza para sair de certas situações e a pela forma como
Dec 19, 2015 Arya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4,5 stelline!

Questo libro mi ha entusiasmato dalla prima pagina e mi ha fatto passare momenti pieni d'ansia. Mi ha trasportato in una storia emozionante, paurosa, fantastica e triste. Zafón ci ha messo un pizzico in più di fantasia (e orrore, oserei dire) che hanno dato al romanzo quel particolare speciale. Ovviamente, non è mancata una lacrimuccia nel finale e, a questo punto, penso che sarà così per tutte le storie di quest'autore. Forse è anche per questo che mi piace tanto: ci fa vedere come
Sep 04, 2016 AnaΣtaΣia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now at least I know that it wasn't just the trilogy: The cemetery of forgotten books that put Zafón in my favourite authors list!
Aug 28, 2016 Ivana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moram da sredim misli da bih napisala recenziju, ali svakako me je onako potresla i protresla, iako obično ne padam na takve priče, nešto me je dirnulo.

Osnovni razlog zašto mi se ova knjiga toliko dopala je to što sadrži sasvim male dragulje u opštem poretku stvari, koji čini glavni zaplet. Priču o životu Hermana, njegovim slikarskim počecima i odnosu sa njegovim učiteljom, zatim ljubav, koju je delio sa svojom, prerano preminulom, suprugom, cinične mudrosti o životu, koje Marina nesebično de
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Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a Spanish novelist. Born in Barcelona in 1964, he has lived in Los Ángeles, United States, since 1994, and works as a scriptwriter aside from writing novels.

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
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