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A book about books,
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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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Initial post: 11 Jul 2010 17:42:27 BDT
Mrs. J. E. Eckles says:
I totally agree with D Elliott. The twists and turns in this novel, the proliferation of Spanish names and sub plots made the whole book very hard work to follow. I was determined to finish it come what may and was very relieved when I did although I have absolutely no idea what it was all about, what was real and what wasn't. Altogether very a disappointing read. It has put me off reading anything more by Ruiz Zafon.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Oct 2010 10:06:38 BDT
Ruth Brown-Roberts says:
I agree with comment.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2011 12:27:50 GMT
i absolutley agree. What a disappointing ending, especially in comparison with Shadow of the Wind which was fantastic. I was left feeling confused and not at all satisfied. What a shame!
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jun 2011 16:52:25 BDT
Ms D. Donnelly says:
I agree also ....I thought it was just me who had no idea what was going on! I had so enjoyed 'The Shadow of the Wind'
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