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The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  

The Angel's Game

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June 2009 Book of the Month.

October 2009 Good Housekeeping selection.

Fans of The Shadow of the Wind will be pleased to find that the Cemetery of the Forgotten Books reappears in Zafon’s new novel. Set in 1920’s Barcelona this is a haunting, thrilling, fascinating tale that will keep you thoroughly absorbed and wondering where the story will lead next. Another winner from an author who just keeps getting better and better.

If you like Carlos Ruiz Zafon you might also like to read books by Carl-Johan Vallgren, Italo Calvino and Dan Brown.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. David Martin works for a newspaper, and enjoys his job. When David’s boss hands him the assignment of coming up with a story – quickly – the fill-in job is a remarkable success, and David’s career as a writer takes off. Then he receives a communication from a French editor, who turns out to be a man of secrets. Subsequently, the bookseller Sempere opens for him a strange world: the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. What follows is a phantasmagorical adventure, steeped in the fascinating lore of books, with references to great writers such as Stevenson and Dickens. This is headily atmospheric fare, couched in the rich and allusive prose style that Zafón has made his own.
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Synopsis

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.

About the Author

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Carlos Ruiz Zafón was born in Barcelona and grew up under the shadow of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia cathedral, just a block away from the family home. For a few years he lived in Los Angeles, working as a screenwriter, and has published four novels for young-adults before escaping everything to write THE SHADOW OF THE WIND, a novel that has become an international literary phenomenon in over 20 countries. His work has been translated into 17 languages. Now back in Barcelona, he is presently at work on a new novel.

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Publication date

1st June 2009

Author

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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Publisher

Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback

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ISBN

9780297855545

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