If you were a fan of Zafon’s first book “The Shadow of the Wind,” then pull up a comfortable chair, turn off the phone, and get the popcorn and snacks ready because you’re in for another treat. He brings us a mesmerizing Gothic tale of lost love, ...
How does he do it? Another masterpiece from Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Another brilliant homage to books and reading. Another novel rich with language, amazing characters, and fraught with mystery and adventure. If you liked ;, you ...
B/c Shadow of the Wind is one of my all time favorite books, I was counting the days until The Angel's Game came out. The writing style, the language, and the imagery do not disappoint. Zafon's writing is intensely beautiful, fluid and poetic, and he has the unparalleled ability to transport the reader to early 20th century Barcelona. The plot however does not do the writing justice. At times it seems as if Zafon has 3 different plots going on without ever really being attached to any particular one of them. Unlike Shadow of the Wind, where I adored Daniel from the first moment, David is not a likeable character or even a very sympathetic one at that. Nor are the rest of the characters in the book for that matter. And unlike Shadow where I found myself caring about just about everyone, I can't say the same for The Angel's Game. The subtext was anything but subtle, and unfortunately, the ending was completely predictable. The "darkness" of the book seemed more like smoke and mirrors at times to disguise the tediousness of the plot. Zafon took close to 300 pages to really get into the heart of the mystery, then seemed to grow weary of it, and wrapped it up without any real closure. All in all, it doesn't even compare to Shadow of the Wind.
The subtext is sly but obvious: the true Faustian bargain is Zafon’s own. He wanted to write authentic masterpieces or, failing that, good honest thrillers; instead, he sold his soul to produce meretricious and slightly pernicious million-selling middlebrow tosh such as this.
After a friend sent me an advance copy of , I've been watching for Carlos Ruiz Zafon's next effort, and hooray for BookBrowse for making it available! Zafon's plot construction and writing are just as beautiful here as in