The Midnight Palace (Adult Cover) Hardcover – 2 Jun 2011
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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)
From the author of THE SHADOW OF THE WIND, the haunting story of a secret society and a labyrinthine railway station with a dark pastSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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!
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book just went on and on with very little happening. I lost track of where everyone was and what their motivations were because there seemed very little logic in it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Schnizzel
Fine. Shadow of the wind is my favourite book and I thought I would try another. It is nowhere near as good. Read it until the end but had to force myself.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved The Shadow of the Wind by the same author so this was an OK fix but not as good, aimed at a younger audience.Published 10 months ago by Miranda Olivier Wright
A very exciting read and a bit different from his other books.Published 11 months ago by Gary Wilson