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The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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Mar 31, 09

Read in March, 2009

Great Expectations plays a substantial role in this novel, both the Dickens’ novel and the hopes and aspirations of our narrator David Martin – oh, not forgetting the great expectations of Shadow of the Wind devotees who have been left waiting in the wilderness for 5 years. So, have our expectations been met? The answer is a resounding yes!

The Angel’s Game has been described by some as a prequel, I suppose it is a prequel of sorts in so far as it’s set in the same wonderfully gothic location, shares some characters e.g. the Semperes and Barcelo but I was pleased that there weren’t any clumsy references to connect the two books and that this is a stand alone novel which doesn’t need to ride the coat tails of The Shadow of the Wind.


So, what were the highlights for me? Well, it’s just a fantastic story, so well told at a breakneck pace with endless labyrinthine twists and turns. You will be up all night reading this book and I recommend you indulge yourself with long reading sessions rather than taking nibbles – this is a hearty meal, not a Slimfast bar! Again, I was very impressed by the translation from the Spanish by Lucia Graves – often novels in translation can appear quite stilting but the language just flows effortlessly. Once more I have fallen in love with Barcelona, yet again a major character, looming in the background with Gaudis architecture playing a key role especially Parc Guell and Sagrada Famiglia.

Character wise you are in for a treat with a whole host of memorable artistes performing for you. David Martin, our flawed narrator dreams of literary fame but at what cost? Cristina is his “object of desire” always out of reach. Isabella, whose son, Daniel appears in the Shadow of the Wind is a wonderfully vibrant character as opposed to the villain of the piece, well, one of them anyway…the dark, mysterious Andreas Corelli who makes David an offer he cannot refuse…

Let’s just hope Carlos doesn’t make us wait 5 years for his next opus but in the meantime, enjoy the thrilling rollercoaster ride of The Angel’s Game.
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Joel Taveras I think what you mentioned about the translator is overlooked and so true. She did an excellent job keeping the story well grounded in a different language something not so easy to do.
I must ask...what did u think of the ending>?

I was puzzled.


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