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The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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Jul 30, 09

bookshelves: sept-oct-2009

"Readers worldwide loved Shadow of the Wind; critics are more skeptical about The Angel's Game. Certainly, Zafon knows how to tell a story: the novel meshes forbidden love, magical realism, religion and ideas, literature, and gothic horror in a compelling tale. He also knows how to set a scene: here, the architecture, slums, and modernist leanings of Barcelona become a character in their own right. Still, complaints marred the reviews. A few critics commented that the story, despite its far-fetched subplots, takes itself too seriously; its philosophical musings don't quite work. Others complained of the dark, labyrinthine plot, purple prose, and predictability. Still, fans of The Shadow of the Wind will relish this prequel; after all, storytelling -- the heart of the novel -- is ""the master [Zafon] serves, and the devil he knows"" (New York Times Book Review)."
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