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The Angel's Game

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May 2010 Book of the Month.

The Shadow of the Wind is one of those rare books that continues to deeply affect you long after it is read. This second masterpiece is connected but stands apart. A twisting and mysterious tale of love, despair, compulsion and the supernatural that spins you along with it until you don’t want it to end. Read every word, savour it, for books this good are rare and precious things.

Comparison: Glen David Gold (Sunnyside), Alex Bell (The Ninth Circle), Markus Zusak (Book Thief).

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

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

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 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 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...

Reviews

This is a gothic, page-turning, supernatural thriller...there is plenty here to keep Zafon fans happy. * PRESS ASSOCIATION * 'Beyond plentiful shocks and thrills, Zafon niftily treads the fine line between a story of paranormal events and one of psychological delusion.
Boyd Tonkin

* INDEPENDENT * The Angel's Game weaves the conventions of Wilkie Collins and Dickens into something original and surprisingly moving. -- Stephanie Merritt * OBSERVER *


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

29th April 2010

Author

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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Publisher

Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
544 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Action Adventure / Spy
Books of the Month
Thriller / Suspense
Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Fiction in translation

ISBN

9780753826492

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