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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753826496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753826492
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.5 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón is the author of six novels, including the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game, the first two books in a series of novels set in literary universe of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. His work has been published in more than forty different languages, and honored with numerous international awards. He divides his time between Barcelona, Spain, and Los Angeles, California.

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

'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)

This is a gothic, page-turning, supernatural thriller...there is plenty here to keep Zafon fans happy. (PRESS ASSOCIATION)

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The stunning new novel from the internationally bestselling author of THE SHADOW OF THE WIND.

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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful By D. Elliott TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Sept. 2009
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Once more author Carlos Ruiz Zafon has produced a magically brilliant book about books with `The Angel's Game' being a supernatural saga, an action-packed thriller, a detective novel and a love story. - and perhaps even a philosophical or religious treatise. It tells a dark and gripping tale with narrative moving at a cracking pace and introducing something new on almost every page. Though a stand-alone novel `The Angel's Game' (about writers) follows from Zafon's first book `The Shadow Of The Wind' (about readers), but for me it is not quite as good. This is partly because, in spite of its compelling nature, it reads as though at least two translators were employed with varied language that is generally elegant and stylish yet sometimes colloquial and abrupt. However the main drawback is the book's proliferation of sub-plots (of which some are left unexplained) and their complicated inter-relations. This complexity undermines any possible plausible solution and for me it leaves the ending somewhat weak. I suspect author Zafon is deliberately provoking readers to use their imaginations and to arrive at their own conclusions. I discussed this with my wife and we had both interpreted things differently - so read it yourself - you won't be disappointed.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By PatrickJ on 10 Mar. 2010
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Having recently read Shadow of the Wind I was hungry for more. I was overjoyed to find The Angels Game. There are plots within plots, within plots that leave you dizzy. The story is a dark, Gothic and supernatural thriller that unfolds within the grotesque architecture of old Barcelona, worthy of the surrealism of Mervyn Peake.
I found it difficult to put down and the characters even invaded my dreams. It is laced with nightmare scenarios and impossible situations.
I loved and loathed the hero at different times but wanted him to win against all the odds. Zafon's characters leap off the page and the humour is sharp and often crops up when you least expect it.
The ending left many unanswered questions hanging in the air but was none the less satisfying. Zafon has two more books he is writing in this series. I personally feel that he will revisit the open ends in this book later on and bring them to a satisfactory conclusion; I certainly hope so and look forward to them.
Read, open your mind and let your imagine roam the dark and mysterious world of The Angels Game. You will not be disappointed.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By C. Castle on 15 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
Cor, I'm mad. I feel like writing to the author or publisher, not only for my money back, but for the 3 hours I spent, obsessively reading the last half of this book (unwashed children, hungry cats, unanswered phone) only to find that nothing is answered.

From the moment I started to read The Angel's Game, I realised that we were in the hands of a master - I have since discovered that it is a translation and enormous kudos must go to the translator - from a nuts and bolts writing point of view, this is superb.

However - the plot twists and turns, frequently making one unable to suspend disbelief and ending in a woolly, completely unsatisfactory manner. Perhaps the author and publisher felt that the fame Zafor realized for his earlier book (which I have not read) excused sloppy and ill-conceived structure?

I'm afraid to say that The Angel's Game is a meandering story that whilst both gripping and visually fascinating will leave most readers at the end, gritting their teeth with irritation and feeling both confused and short-changed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cherry Radford on 17 Oct. 2011
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I can't decide, am I: a) thick b) being shown it's a mistake to read 'out of my genre' or c) at the mercy of a monstrously talented writer who has - literally - lost the plot(s)?!

As an hispanophile author I was drawn to this novel about writing novels, set in Barcelona; although supernatural happenings and body counts aren't my thing, I thought I'd cope. But I soon found myself saying 'yeah, yeah' every time something spooky happened or we were going down yet another over-described gloomy street or corridor 'knowing we were not alone'. Near the end of the novel we were doing practically nothing else, and I became increasingly confused as to who had done what. But I hung on in there as I cared about the characters and had a naive trust that all would be revealed. It wasn't - or not to me anyway.

It's maddening, there's an amazing story in here, some beautiful writing, interesting ideas. It amused me and moved me. Like all good novels, it's stayed with me and I'm not yet ready to start another. But for heavens' sake, what the heck actually happened?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mick Read on 3 Feb. 2010
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I found this to be a somewhat confused tale, never quite sure what its core story was and more a ramble through various relationships and situations. Not that I did not enjoy it, rather I felt at a loss as to exactly where it was all going. I definitely did not see it as a prequel to Shadow of the Wind.

Set in Barcelona in the 1920s, David Martin is a young journalist and aspiring writer working for a local paper. His stock rises when his boss identifies a nascent talent and persuades him to begin writing sensational crime stories to be serialised in the paper. However his subsequent success is neither shared nor appreciated by his less talented colleagues and his fortune is by no means secured. Out of the blue he is approached by French publisher, Andreas Corelli, who promises Martin a vast sum of money for a very singular commission

Zafon's literary capabilities shine through, his wonderful turn of phrase and some beautiful passages where I slowed my reading to savour the language (a tribute to the translation). The characterisation is acutely observed as is the atmosphere and romance of old Barcelona.

However, the mix of love and personal fortunes with supernatural ghost story never quite resolves itself and, as a result, I never knew whether I should be concerned particularly with the outcome of either, I never got emotionally involved with the story or with Martin himself, which was a great pity because there are some beautiful relationships here and a pacy story.

Enjoy Zafon's writing as he deals with a complex tale.
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