Friday, November 13, 2009

The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man - David Martin - makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books, and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house are letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner. Like a slow poison, the history of the place seeps into his bones as he struggles with an impossible love. Then David receives a letter from a reclusive French editor, Andreas Corelli, who makes him the offer of a lifetime. He is to write a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realises that there is a connection between this haunting book and the shadows that surround his home. Set in the turbulent 1920s, The Angel's Game takes us back to the gothic universe of the Cemetery of the Forgotten Books, the Sempere and Son bookshop, and the winding streets of Barcelona's old quarter, in a masterful tale about the magic of books and the darkest corners of the human soul.

What I have to say: I think I might need to re-read this book! I was reading for a book club (I never made it to the discussion due to completely forgetting about it!) so I tried to take it slow as I had a whole month to read it and I wanted to make sure I didn't read it in a week and then forget about it by the time the meeting came up. So, anyway by the time I got to the middle I was so intrigued I had to finish it, but once I did I sorta felt like I missed something and I couldn't think of what I felt I was missing? I was pretty annoyed that I had forgotten about the meeting because I wanted so badly to figure out what it was I might have missed. If anyone has read this please let me know!! I'd love to discuss it!
I liked this book enough to consider re-reading it (which is a privileged only for the worthy) concluding that I highly recommend this title as a must read!

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