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Superb writing but horribly unfulfilling.,
This review is from: The Angel's Game (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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Initial post: 23 Feb 2012 14:36:25 GMT
Julie Noble says:
I totally agree with you, I have just spent the last few evenings frantically glued to the book in the hope that by the last page I will actually understand what has happened, only to find I am more confused now than before !! So many questions and either I have not vivid imagination or I've missed a very important part in the book somewhere. I agree it is gripping and fascinated me but I am totally disappointed in the ending and not sure I want to read any more of his books if this is how they end.
Posted on 20 Sep 2012 23:10:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Sep 2012 23:13:09 BDT
On The Bright Side... says:
Thankyou for your review. It's how I felt after reading my first Zafon book, the one which follows this, called Prisoner Of Heaven. It was great reading, reminded me of the cracking adventure Zorro by Isabel Allende (you'd love this), and those Monte Cristo/ Man In the Iron Mask type adventures.
By the end of the book I felt hollow. there was no resolution or conclusion. I spent $29.95 retail on this book and I feel cheated if no ending is written. From exploring his previous books I sense that they are all written with such an ending, weaving you into buying the following book, and hopefully in the last book all will become resolved. For my money I resent not having been given an ending, I detest open-endings in books films and stories where you are left wondering. Either the author does not know what to do about the story in order to create an ending, or it is smoke&mirrors to entice you to buy the next instalment, a bit like factory-producing in a sense. It takes a certain ego on the part of the author. I've decided now not to go back to the first and second book but wait for the fourth, which follows Prisoner of Heaven, which I may or may not purchase now.
Thanks for your review, I agree with your sentiments.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2014 09:35:41 GMT
Has it ever occured to you, Signed Hopeful, that the Author may have purposely left the story open-ended so as to let your imagination work a little?
I must say that open-ended stories are not my favorite either, but if I happen to come accross one, like this, I just let my mind go and create my own ending. No need to be upset and not buy Zafon's books anymore.
Just a thought...
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2014 22:33:58 GMT
On The Bright Side... says:
Dear Vedi2010, has it occurred to you that the author might just not know where to go with this? Yes, let YOUR imagination go wild with possibilities if that's what you like out of this book, but I'm entitled to feel angry with a false marketing-ploy : this book was marketed here as A Stand-Alone Novel, only to find there is no conclusion to the story, which is weak (and also seems fashionable in current drama series to segue into sequels) on the part of the author and dishonest on the part of the marketing/publisher company. I have good cause to be upset about this. Did it ever occur to you? Zafon does not deserve another dollar from an angry buyer. Did it ever occur to you? Just a thought...
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