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The Prisoner of Heaven (El cementerio de los libros olvidados #3)

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Barcelona, 1957. It is Christmas, and Daniel Sempere and his wife, Bea, have much to celebrate. They have a beautiful new baby son named Julian, and their close friend Fermin Romero de Torres is about to be wed. But their joy is eclipsed when a mysterious stranger visits the Sempere bookshop and threatens to divulge a terrible secret that has been buried for two decades in ...more
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Patrick Schlüter I had read PoH before Angel's game and enjoyed it immensely. I re-read it after Angel's game and enjoyed it even more. The back-story of Angel's game…moreI had read PoH before Angel's game and enjoyed it immensely. I re-read it after Angel's game and enjoyed it even more. The back-story of Angel's game filled the secondary characters with so much life that the story changed significantly. So I tend to think that the books should be read in the right order to be enjoyed to their fullest.(less)
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Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book is a perfect example of what is wrong with the publishing world. Zafon's first book, The Shadow of the Wind is one of my all time favorites. Ever. The second book The Angel's Game is well up there on my list, so when I saw The Prisoner of Heaven on display, I was ecstatic. Unfortunately, it is very clear that Zafon was under time pressure from the publisher on this book, enough so that the story was irreversibly ruined.

You see, Zafon is a master of prose, character, and theme. Indeed
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Nothing can match the complexity and sinister suspense of The Shadow of the Wind, but The Prisoner of Heaven is a worthy follow-up to that story. I liked this one better than The Angel's Game, which I found somewhat confusing and overwrought.

Fermin Romero de Torres was my favorite character in The Shadow of the Wind(TSOTW), so I was delighted to discover that he takes center stage in this story. Remember in TSOTW when the boy Daniel meets Fermin, a pitiful, starving wraith in rags, prowling the
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في الجزء الثالث من رباعـية مقبرة الكتب المنسية وبعد (ظل الريح : تحفة السلسلة)، ثم (لعبة الملك : قوطية السلسلة) يأتي هذا الجزء الجديد (سجين السماء) ليكمل لنا زافون روعة تمكنه من السرد ويبرهن على قوة تماسك سلسلته ومدى قدرته على الخيال – عنصر السلسلة وعمودها الأعظم بعد المعرفة – ففي هذا الرواية التي تبدأ أحداثها بعد الحرب الأهلية الإسبانية (1936 - 1939) والتي ألقت بثقلها على إسبانيا أعظم من ثقل العالمية (1938 - 1945) الثانية حيث الخمسينيات وكانت إسبانيا قد خرجت لتوها من العزلة التي عانت بعد الحرب ا ...more
Will Byrnes
The Prisoner of Heaven is the third in Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s series that began with The Shadow of the Wind and continued with The Angel’s Game.

The main character in this chapter of Ruiz Zafon’s multi-volume tale is Fermin Romero de Torres, friend to the Sempere family, the owners of a struggling bookshop, in 1957 Barcelona. While other characters get their time on stage, this is Fermin’s tale. And a compelling story it is, from the time he adopted his name, through his less than friendly encount
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2012
The book to me was really like Ruiz Zafon decided that he had all these notes and back story on Fermin Romero de Torres and how could you turn that into a novel. Well you link some of the previous characters into the story and produce a book that leaves you as the reader disappointed. This book, while explaining away some back story did nothing for the trilogy except open up the possibility of another book. I did not find myself engaged with the characters nor all that intrigued by the mysteriou ...more
Lydia Presley
Books like The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón make me love being not only a reader, but someone who loves the look, feel, and smell of books. Why? Because I get the feeling that Zafón has the same sort of reaction to picking up a book. There's this feeling of history, companionship, and shared experience I get when I handle something old and precious, and a sense of awakening hope for the future when I pick up something new.

The Prisoner of Heaven is the third book centering around the
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, book-lovers
Μόλις τελείωσα την ανάγνωση του βιβλίου "Ο αιχμάλωτος του ουρανού" , που σημαίνει ότι μόλις τελείωσα όλη την τριλογία… Μα γιατί τριλογία; Γιατί δηλαδή να μην το κάνει σειρά ατελείωτων βιβλίων; Δηλαδή χαζός είναι ο Μαρτιν με τα game of thrones του ; η Ροουλινγκ με τον Χαρυ Ποτερ και τα εφτά του-παρακαλώ- βιβλία; Εγώ τι θα κάνω τώρα που δεν έχει άλλο κοιμητήριο; Που δεν έχει πια λίγο ακόμα από τις απολαυστικές ατάκες του καταπληκτικού Φερμίν; Διαμαρτύρομαι…

«Τρελός είναι αυτός που νομίζει ότι έχει
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gustó mucho la historia. Todo el pasado de Fermín fue fascinante y un tanto perturbador pero con la dosis justa de intriga y con la finalidad de atar algunos (solo algunos) cabos. Sin embargo, el autor divagó demasiado en todo el libro y no parecía tener un rumbo fijo, solo soltaba datos que al final no terminé de comprender si se miraban como un todo. No pude amarrarlos, y quedaron muchísimas incógnitas que debieron haberse resuelto.
A pesar de que parece un libro puente hacia el final de est
I loved this trilogy , (tetralogy, since I have now found out there is a final book that just came out , only in Spanish for not , lucky for me I read Spanish too :) ) but I digress, this third book didn't feel whole for me , it felt like there were parts missing , like somebody had a 600 page book, and then edited 350 pages out of it thinking that it made sense , while all the core elements that have made me love this series are there (the cemetery of forgotten books, the gothic mystery, recurr ...more
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Deep down we've never been who we think we once were, and we only remember what never happened.”

I didn’t expect this book to have such a dark turn. And that says a lot after melancholic Shadow of the Wind and a depressive Angel’s Game. The author took the best out of the previous too books and made a true masterpiece. While my favorite Daniel isn’t the star of the book, Fermin was more than a competent protagonist.

Daniel Sempere and his wife Bea are content with their marriage and their bab
Mohammed Arabey
عودة قبل أخيرة لمقبرة الكتب المنسية، رائعة زافون
رحلة مرة اخري لكريسماس 1957 ببرشلونة ، ففي الجزء الثالث نعود لعالم دانيال ووالده سنيور سيمبر ، والاستعدادات لحفل زواج فيرمين

لكن زيارة من رجل غامض يسعي خلف فيرمين يقابل دانيال في المكتبة ، ورسالة اكثر ريبة يكتشفها دانيال في جيب معطف زوجته تؤدي إلى جلسة بين دانيال وفيرمين يحكي فيها الأخير ايامه في السجن السياسي منذ 17 عاما

لنعود لبرشلونة 1939-1940
حيث ستعرف علي علاقة فيرمين بالزائر الغريب، والاخطر ، علاقته بحاكم السجن...ذلك الطاغية الذي يستغل سجينا لدي
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ναι υπάρχει μία φθίνουσα πορεία. Καλώς ή κακώς, το πρώτο βιβλίο είχε ανεβάσει πολύ ψηλά τον πήχη.
Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
"Siempre he sabido que algún día volvería a estas calles para contar la historia del hombre que perdió el alma y el nombre entre las sombras de aquella Barcelona sumergida en el turbio sueño de un tiempo de cenizas y silencio. Son páginas escritas con fuego en el amparo de la ciudad de los malditos, palabras grabadas en la memoria de aquel que regresó de entre los muertos con una promesa clavada en el corazón y el precio de una maldición. El telón se alza, el público se silencia y, antes de que ...more

Teška srca moram da priznam da me je Zatočenik nebesa razočarao.
Kao treća knjiga u serijalu o Groblju zaboravljenih knjiga, ne može se ni porediti sa Senkom vetra i Igrom anđela.
I dalje je tu kitnjasti stil pisanja koji odlikuje Safona, ali mi se čini da ovoj knjizi nedostaje duša, a to je upravo ono što razlikuje Safona od ostalih pisaca savremene književnosti.
Iako je na ovaj način zaokružio priču koju je razrađivao u prethodne dve knjige, ipak mi se sve vreme činilo kao da je Safon Zatočenika
Rebeca May
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Finalmente llegamos a la antesala del que será el Acto final del "Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados." Y creo que es acertado llamarlo antesala ya que esta tercera entrega, puede quedarse reducida simplemente a eso, un prólogo del final. Esto no significa que no me haya gustado mucho, (claro le concedí 4 estrellas, pero mi juicio quizás sea un poco subjetivo), ya que le tengo mucho cariño a estos libros, sobre todo a los personajes de "La Sombra del Viento." Y ahora, gracias a este libro, le ten ...more
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espanhóis
(review in English below)

Releitura - maio 2017

Este livro foca-se principalmente em Fermín e na sua relação com Daniel.
Ficamos a conhecer parte da história de Fermín, de quando este esteve preso e conheceu David Martín, sobre o qual também são contadas algumas coisas que ajudam a perceber O Jogo do Anjo.

Fiquei na dúvida se não seria preferível que este livro se seguisse a A Sombra do Vento de modo a ser lido antes d' O Jogo, mas cheguei à conclusão que haveria vantagens e desvantagens, pelo que
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
The year is 1957. It’s just before Christmas in Barcelona and Daniel and Bea are living with their son above the bookstore Sempere & Sons. The faithful servant Fermín is about to get married. One day an old man visits the bookstore and he wants to buy an old and valuable version of The Count of Monte Cristo. But he doesn’t take the book with him instead he leaves the books with a dedication…

The book continues the story that started in The Shadow of the Wind and also has ties with The Angel's
Jul 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, mystery, spanish
I finish this book a bit confused. First of all, the discrepancies between this and The Angel's Game, specifically concerning the events and time frame of Isabella's death, left me scratching my head. Did CRZ do that specifically in order to confound the reader and then rescue his curiosity in the last book? I hope it is something like that, because there are only 2 other alternatives that are equally distasteful to me. The first is that I actually made the mistake in ordering all the events tha ...more
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-espanha, e5, reler
Terceiro volume da quadrilogia iniciada em “A sombra do Vento” e prosseguida pelo “Jogo do Anjo”. Gira à volta dessa maravilha saída da mente de Zafón que é o cemitério dos livros esquecidos, onde cada livro tem alma, “a alma de quem o escreveu e a alma de quem o leu” e onde cada livro vive para sempre.
Foi com imenso prazer que durante horas “vivi” com Daniel Sempere e o seu amigo Firmín, essa personagem fabulosa, que mesmo no meio dos maiores revezes não perde o sentido de humor e a força de v
Marta Conejo
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No sé cómo explicaros lo que me ha hecho sentir este libro.

Es sencillo, pero a la vez te llega a lo más hondo. Los personajes son humanos, normales, seres corrientes, pero con una personalidad y unas historias tan calmadas que te hacen tenerles cariño.

Hay acción, pero no es la típica de los libros que estamos acostumbrados a leer normalmente, donde todo pasa en pocas páginas. Es una acción relajada, acompasada, tranquila, que se va sintiendo por cada página. Los personajes son los buenos y los
Original review(s) below - seems I did one on Spanish publication in 2011 and then a FBC review linked on English publication, so now just a few thoughts on the reread in January 2017 leading to the 4th and last book in the series

- book still entertaining and a fast read that started strong and ended on a sort of cliffhanger
- shorter and more of a set-up; now that the David Martin revelation is known (which was the shock of the novel on first read) the book reads somewhat differently as the fo
Kostas Papadatos
Η τριλογία -Το κοιμητήριο των λησμονημένων βιβλίων- κλείνει έτσι όπως ακρίβως ξεκίνησε ..ΥΠΕΡΟΧΑ! Επειδή το δεύτερο βιβλίο της σειράς δε το έχω διαβάσει ακόμα ελπίζω να μην έγινε κάτι το σημαντίκο και οι ήρωες απλά να αναλώνονταν σε χασμουρητά ,ύπνο και πέταγμα ταπών σε βαρέλια στα αποστακτήρια του jack daniels !Ο αιχμάλωτος του ουρανού πραγματικά με συνεπήρε απο τις πρώτες του σελίδες καθώς πραγματεύεται κατα κύριο λόγο την ιστορία του αγαπημένου μου ήρωα Φερμίν.Ο Θαφόν σχηματίζει ένα περίτεχνο ...more
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

WARNING! This post contains spoilers!!

Oh, The Prisoner of Heaven, WHY? WHY?

You will have to excuse this sudden display of emotional distress. But I am overcome with feelings and they must be exorcized here.

A few years ago I read The Shadow of the Wind, a tremendous Gothic thriller with labyrinthine storytelling, a wonderful sense of setting, beautiful writing and incredible characters. It soon became a favourite. I do recognise its problems especially
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Because it was chosen for my women's only book club, I read the first novel in this series called The Shadow of the Wind. It wasn't a bad book by any stretch but didn't thrill me. When this third of the batch came up as an audio book at the library, I thought it might be something my 14 year old and I could listen to together while driving him up and back to the day camp where he is volunteering.

No Bueno. He bailed out early, finding it a bit silly, but I stuck it out. The reading level on this
Nov 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Existing fans of the series only
The Prisoner of Heaven is the third book in Carlos Ruiz Zafón's Barcelona quartet, which began with The Shadow of the Wind and continued with its prequel, The Angel's Game. This story draws strands of the two previous books together, revisiting Daniel Sempere, the protagonist of The Shadow of the Wind, and his friend and colleague Fermín Romero de Torres. Fermín, previously more of an amusing sidekick, takes centre stage here as his complex and dramatic backstory is revealed (although Daniel sti ...more
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espanha, bib-p
Não vamos aos livros de Zafón em busca de respostas às grandes questões que assombram a humanidade, nem ficamos a filosofar dias a fio depois de os lermos.
O que encontramos é pura emoção e adrenalina.
É o não conseguir parar de ler até saber como é que aquilo vai acabar.
É o rir à gargalhada, e chorar logo a seguir.
É sofrer por eles e com eles, e respirar de alívio quando a coisa corre bem.
É envolvermo-nos tanto na história que tudo nos parece real e possível, e as personagens são como velhos amig
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Τελείωσα το τρίτο, και για μένα καλύτερο βιβλίο της τριλογίας. Έρχεται να δέσει τα δύο προηγούμενα και να ολοκληρώσει την ιστορία.Η αφήγηση φοβερή, η γλώσσα ωραία και ένας Φερμίν, γοητευτικός και απολαυστικός. Ίσως να είναι ο καλύτερος χαρακτήρας που έπλασε ο συγγραφέας στην τριλογία του.
I enjoyed this book, though it was quite short. It basically just gives you backstory on characters from both The Angel's Game and The Shadow of the Wind. It did add a little conflict/plot to the series, but as a whole I felt like this book is more off an add-on than its own installment. I enjoyed Zafon's writing as always, and since I'm a big fan of both Daniel and Fermin, I liked spending more time with them. But as a whole I wouldn't have died if I never read this story. However, it's absolut ...more
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Είναι το τρίτο βιβλίο του συγγραφέα που διάβασα και διαπιστώνω ότι η βαθμολογία μου ακολουθεί φθίνουσα τροχιά. Τελικά κατέληξα ότι δεν είναι τόσο ότι το κάθε βιβλίο είναι λιγότερο καλό από το προηγούμενο όσο το ότι υπάρχει μια απροσδιόριστη αλλά θεμελιακή ομοιότητα-ομοιομορφία μεταξύ τους, όχι στους χαρακτήρες ή στην πλοκή, αλλά στην ατμόσφαιρα και στην αίσθηση του βιβλίου. Μου είναι δύσκολο να το εκφράσω, αλλά είναι σαν να τρως μια σοκολατίνα και ένα μους σοκολάτας και ένα brownie σοκολάτας το ...more
Lissett Silva Ordosgoitti
“Las gentes con el alma pequeña siempre tratan de empequeñecer a los demás”

Estupenda novela!.
Con una prosa impecable y una trama interesante CRZ logra, de una manera admirable, entrelazar las historias anteriores creando situaciones sorprendentes que dejan con ganas de más. Una novela corta que desde mi punto de vista ha logrado su cometido a pesar de haberme dejado con unas ansias tremendas. Así que no queda más que esperar su cuarta y última entrega. *_*
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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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El cementerio de los libros olvidados (4 books)
  • The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)
  • The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #2)
  • El laberinto de los espíritus (El cementerio de los libros olvidados, #4)
“Deep down we've never been who we think we once were, and we only remember what never happened.” 57 likes
“One mustn't dream of one's future; one must earn it.” 45 likes
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