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The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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Oct 09, 09

bookshelves: read-2009
Recommended to Jennifer by: Pilar (who actually recommended his first book)
Recommended for: anyone who has obssessively written something
Read in October, 2009

I enjoyed this gothic tale of obsession, dark secrets, and writing. Set in the same mysterious Barcelona as The Shadow of the Wind, Zafon's tale follows the young writer, David Martin as he leaves his newspaper job, takes up residence in an old mysterious mansion, and begins to writes pulp fiction under a psuedonym. David has a wealthy friend and patron, Vidal, and is in love with Christina, the daughter of Vidal's driver. However, the debt Christina feels she owes to Vidal keeps Christina and David apart. Throw into this mix a brain tumor that seems to give David only a few months to live, a situation where David and Christina conspire to rewrite Vidal's current novel in progress to make it readable, and David's discovery of the mysterious obsession of the mansion's previous owner. There's also the mysterious figure of Andreas Corelli, a publisher who makes David an offer he might not be able to refuse.

The plot twists get fast and furious toward the end, but I find the mood of Zafon's writing endlessly fascinating.
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