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The Midnight Palace (Adult Cover) Hardcover – 2 Jun 2011

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; First Edition edition (2 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297856456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297856450
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.5 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Murders most foul, chilling crimes and dark deeds... Carlos Ruiz Zafon, author of The Shadow of the Wind, locates his ghost story in The Midnight Palace (VOGUE - May 2011)

'Set in 1930s Calcutta, this supernatural thriller is gripping and at times scary, but makes for a compelling read." Four Stars (WOMAN'S OWN - 30 May 2011)

Zafon's young adult fiction was published in Spain long before he became an international sensation, and its fascinating to see, in his second book, premonitory glimpses of The Shadow of the Wind. ..Zafon makes it look so easy but he's in a class of his own. (Suzi Feay FINANCIAL TIMES - 12 May 2011)

Magical mystery about a pair of orphaned twins separated at birth... Why read it? Because you loved the imagination, magic and fantasy of Zafon's blockbuster debut, The Shadow of the Wind. (15 Books You Must Read This Summer! ESSENTIALS - July 2011)

In a tale of a secret society, a labyrinthine railway station and a shadowy figure from the past, their story and denouement has the hallmarks of the fine writing in the author's best-selling Shadow of the Wind. (Choice - July 2011)

a cracking mystery... A thoroughly ripping yarn. (Kate Saunders THE TIMES - 26 June 2011)

A beach must-have (PRIDE magazine - July 2011)

'this is one book that knows how to keep a reader hooked... Exotic terror tale from a master story-teller.' Four stars (FLIPSIDE - July 2011)

A tremendously atmospheric supernatural thriller and will particularly appeal to those who like a good ghost story told in nineteenth century style by a protagonist narrator looking back years later. (THE BOOKBAG.CO.UK)

His Calcutta has many of the mystical elements that many writers associate with the city but it also shows the political strain of a city subject to years of hostile colonization and ready to break free. Just as importantly Zafon delivers moments of genuine horrors as well as expert plot twists that move the story along. (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

This novel's plot is as dark and threatening as the Calcutta night that envelops the opening scenes... The Midnight Palace should not be overlooked by adults in search of literary excellence. (USA TODAY - 18 May 2011)

...if you have a taste for mystery, for the supernatural, for characters of mythic strength, loyalty and heroism... then pick this book up and revel in it. (ARMADILLO)

It's fast-moving and never hesitates, and it quickly sketches the eight young people who inhabit its pages as quirky and likeable individuals, from the taciturn artist, Michael, to the fiery and intelligent Isobel. It's also a story about stories: tales from the past are woven into the narrative in an elegant way, with the whole book framed by the narrative of the last surviving member of the group. (THE GUARDIAN)

This dark book is not for the easily scared, but great for thrill-seekers! (WOMAN'S WAY)

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From the author of THE SHADOW OF THE WIND, the haunting story of a secret society and a labyrinthine railway station with a dark past

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By Lincs Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 May 2011
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Carlos Ruiz Zafon's adult novels; The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game are two of my all-time favourite books. I was a little disappointed by his last Young Adult novel that was published here; The Prince of The Mist, so I tried not to expect too much of The Midnight Palace.
Happily, I was not disappointed by this read at all. Set in Calcutta in the early part of the twentieth century, this is a brilliantly written mixture of adventure, magic and a little bit of horror. Probably best for older children as it contains some quite violent and gory scenes, it really is an exciting read. The setting of Calcutta is wonderful, gothic and mysterious and full of dark corners, strange old houses, corridors and ghosts. The characters are drawn so well, from the evil Jawahal who is so dark and menacing to the hero of the story Ben, the sixteen year old boy that Jawahal wants to destroy.
This is a great adventure, with ghostly trains, strange old women and brave young heroes - a great read for the young and also for the not so young!
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Like many, I found Carlos Ruiz Zafon through The Shadow Of The Wind, which remains to this day my favourite piece of fiction writing. I loved The Angel's Game, and The Prince Of Mists, which although it is written for a young adult readership, is a thrilling read that any adult can, and should enjoy.

Anyway... to The Midnight Palace. One of the delights of any book by CRZ is the characterisation. The heroes and heroines become your friends very quickly, and you genuinely care what happens to them. As I say, this is a trait of Zafon, and it makes even his most convoluted plots very engaging.

Another great talent of Zafon's is to create & build great mood and atmosphere, and give a real sense of place. I feel like I "know" Calcutta from this book, despite having never been there, just as I could traverse Barcelona, as I have done many times in my mind, reading his adult books.

Something I feel gives Zafons' books a consistency is his ongoing relationship with Lucia Graves, as translator. Despite being a fluent English speaker, Zafon has used her services to give a more coloquial touch to the language of all his books so far, and retaining the true feel of his original Spanish prose. I have discussed the books with a Spanish friend, and our understanding of the texts seems very close, so much credit to Ms Graves.

I realise I haven't haven't touched on plot, and I won't, because that is a great part of the joy in reading any book, but suffice to say, readers will not be disappointed in the twists & turns of The Midnight Palace, and a rattling good read will be had. It is a page turner, and if you start in the morning, you'll be finished at bedtime, even if you take breaks for meals and the toilet!

Enjoy. Then pre-order The September Lights!
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By Welsh Annie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 May 2011
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Like so many others, I've loved Carlos Ruiz Zafon's adult books - Shadow of the Wind and Angel's Game would be in my all-time top ten. Prince of the Mist? Different target audience, but I liked it. But this one wasn't to my taste at all. As always, it's well written, well translated, atmospheric with strong characterisation - but the tale of magic, evil and mayhem with characters like the Secret Seven at its centre morphing into Deal or No Deal left me rather cold. I do think Disney would make a wonderful film out of it though. But it took me far longer to read than it should have, and didn't grip me at any stage. Just not one for me perhaps - I'm certainly not its intended audience, but I'm not sure what that was.
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This novel aimed at young adults takes places mostly in Calcutta in 1932 and deals with the confrontation between a group of 16-year-old orphans and a supernatural enemy. The main characters of this group are Ben and Sheere, twins separated at birth for reasons explained in the book. The other orphans belong to a group meeting regularly in the Midnight palace, an abandoned house.

These are just about all the characters involved apart from a couple of others who are essential to the explanation of the plot.

Well-written and quite fast-moving, this didn’t engage me much especially compared to the author’s adult work such as The Name of the Wind.
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I have read most of Carlos Ruiz Zafon's books to date and have enjoyed them immensely. Although very well written with an excellent flow (the translator must take some praise for this); I have only one criticism what is it supposed to be?

It doesn't appear to be a ghost story, there is an element of the paranormal about it; but something about the central protagonist just doesn't strike the right note. I must say one thing though, the way i imagine the scenes within the book, I believe that visually this book, out of all of CRZ's books to date, lends itself most to the big screen and hopefully when it does get made my main query may be answered.

Enjoy, and I hope it makes sense to you.
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I have to say that I was a bit disapointed in this book. I was so looking forward to reading it and saved it to read when on holiday. My expectations were high as I loved In The Shadow of the Wind and the Angels Game. I didn't find myself drawn to any of the characters like I did in the others. It wasn't a bad book by any means, but to me it didn't follow suit with the other 2 books. Overall an interesting read, and a very easy read I found and finished it in about 3 days.
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