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The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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Dec 29, 09

it was amazing
Read in December, 2009

David Martin is a young man growing up in Barcelona in the early twentieth century, who develops a love for books. This is particlarly hard for him because his father, an illiterate veteran of the Spanish American War, finds books to be a useless luxury. He is helped in his love of reading by a generous book seller. When his father is killed outside the newspaper where he works as a janitor, a writer for the newspaper, Pedro Vidal, takes David under his wing. His friend the book seller introduces him to a secret library called the "Cemetery of Forgotten Books." David becomes a writer and soon eclipses Pedro's skills. David falls in love with Pedro's assistant, and when Pedro marries his assistant, David becomes haunted by personal demons, some related to his home, others to a book he has taken from the secret library. When he is offered a lucrative commission by a mysterious publisher to write a book like none written before it, he looks upon this as the solution to his problems, but he continues to slip deeper into this personal hell. Has he sold his soul?

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