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The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  

The Angel's Game

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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.

Abridged audiobook edition.

Read by Dan Stevens.

6 CDs
Running Time: 7 hours

If you like Carlos Ruiz Zafon you might also like to read books by Dan Brown, Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason and Italo Calvino.


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

The Angel's Game opens in Barcelona in the 1920s and is a prequel to The Shadow of the Wind. David Martin is a young man working in a newspaper office. But late one night the editor of the paper has a crisis - they have just had to drop six pages from the weekend edition and he has a matter of hours to fill them. With most of the staff already home, he turns to David and asks if he can write a short story. If it is good, he will publish more. The resulting story is a huge success and is David's first step on the path to a career as an author. As David's books gain a certain recognition, he receives a mysterious letter from a French editor called Andreas Corelli who wants to help him achieve his ambitions. But the character is not all that he seems and soon David has entered a pact that will lead him question everything he values. He is also befriended by the bookseller Sempere (the grandfather of Daniel from Shadow) who introduces him to the strange world of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. The Angel's Game is a tale of lost souls and literary intrigue; a book steeped in the world of writing, with references to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Great Expectations. It is about the demons a writer faces; but also a page-turning mystery and a love story set against the creaking mansions and mysterious alleyways at the dark heart of Barcelona.

Reviews

Narrator Dan Stevens
caressing voice is perfect for this haunting tale of writer David Martin. His deft pronunciation of the Spanish names enhances the story

's mystery and the romantic love which floats cinematically between the reality of dark alleyways in 1920s Barcelona and a mystical past. Mesmerising. OBSERVER When this came out it was the biggest, fastest-selling blockbuster in Spanish history. GUARDIAN Set against the most wonderful and evocative descriptions of Barcelona, a city of shapes and shadows, this is both a love story and a gothic intrigue. DAILY EXPRESS Dan Stevens reads this magical prequel to SHADOW OF THE WIND with extraordinary versatility, holding the listener's attention in a vice-like grip, and is as adept at being the Copperfield-like hero, David Martin, and the elusive, wounded heroine as at playing the Faustian Corelli or the Saintly Sempere. THE TIMES The author's admiration for Dickens is evident in the sensational narrative twists and Dan Stevens impersonates a huge cast of characters with verve. DAILY MAIL'


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

4th June 2009

Author

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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Publisher

Orion Publishing Co

Format

Cd-audio
Running Time: 420 minutes

Categories

Audio Books
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Fiction in translation

ISBN

9781409105008

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