[Reading] ➷ El juego del ángel By Carlos Ruiz Zafón – Mgiworx.co.uk

El juego del ángel In The Angel s Game Zafon returns us to the Barcelona of his prior novel, Shadow of the Wind Young David Martin is a copy boy at The Voice of Industry, but the newspaper s star writer, Pedro Vidal, has been promoting David to the editor Given a chance to write, David blossoms Vidal later pushes him out of the newspaper so he can work for a pair of unscrupulous publishers of penny dreadfuls David is wildly successful at that as well, but pines to dosubstantive writing He is approached In The Angel s Game Zafon returns us to the Barcelona of his prior novel, Shadow of the Wind Young David Martin is a copy boy at The Voice of Industry, but the newspaper s star writer, Pedro Vidal, has been promoting David to the editor Given a chance to write, David blossoms Vidal later pushes him out of the newspaper so he can work for a pair of unscrupulous publishers of penny dreadfuls David is wildly successful at that as well, but pines to dosubstantive writing He is approached by a mysterious man and offered an opportunity to escape his situation by writing an unusual book Will success and comfort cost David his soul No, really, his soul He is driven by mourning for a lost love, and drawn to a house with a dark history Zafon take us on a tour of early 20th century Barcelona We see a city every bit as interesting as Dickens London There are spooky houses, possibly haunted ones, criminal infested alleys, an eerie man made lake, plenty of dark corners and things that go bump He offers a Dickensian array of characters in fact, Great Expectations is referenced specifically several times as Martin tries to figure out the mystery of the house and the real motivation behind his mysterious publisher There are sinister policemen pursuing him for crimes he did not commit, lies and liars who try to misdirect him, angelic people who try to help him, and some exciting, Hitchcock like scenes of high altitude peril.I did not pay obsessive attention to the details of Zafon s story so if there are logical errors, I did not note them A small gripe It happens too much that simple communication between people or characters could have dispelled years of emotional turmoil I did find myself wishing a less buttoned up environment on some of Zafron s people Recognizing that in this time in this place, speaking the heart was a bit less done than it might be today, one can make allowances, but still, the urge remains to shout some encouragement or criticism Geez, man, get off your ass and tell her how you feel Spleen vented The Angel s Game dabbles in the mystical, which fits in with the foggy atmosphere of the tale I could have done with a bitexplanation, though Above all, The Angel s Game is a fun read Set aside your disbelief, curl up in a cushy chair, open the window to let early morning fog drift in and enjoy.PS came across this article tonight in The Guardian Extraordinary 500 year old library catalogue reveals books lost to time by Alison Flood David Martin is a pulp fiction writer struggling in life He went to Barcelona in hope of a better future, and the mysterious man with an unbelievable offer seemed to fulfill his wish The events after he accepted the offer changed his life forever.The first book, The Shadow of the Wind managed to exceed my expectations I was a bit reluctant with this second one, but clearly Zaf n is one hell of a writer He once again managed to exceed my expectations I consider him as one of the best Histori David Martin is a pulp fiction writer struggling in life He went to Barcelona in hope of a better future, and the mysterious man with an unbelievable offer seemed to fulfill his wish The events after he accepted the offer changed his life forever.The first book, The Shadow of the Wind managed to exceed my expectations I was a bit reluctant with this second one, but clearly Zaf n is one hell of a writer He once again managed to exceed my expectations I consider him as one of the best Historical Fiction writer ever He knows how to write He knows how to keep the reader interested and captivated all throughout the novel.The plot was only a bit different than the first one, but still captivating While reading the novel I once again felt like I was living the life of the main character It felt like I was living in Barcelona the whole time Zaf n can really make the setting seem so believable The writing was superb, and I could say that his writing is my favorite alongside Stephen King s I really like it when the writer can make the character so likable and believable at the same time Nothing changed from the first book, because both characters were unforgettable David was just a fun guy to read about He didn t seem pretentious, and the supporting characters were just as good Isabella and Christina were both perfect for David, but obviously he only loved one, as the author tried to convey view spoiler For me though, David had slight feelings toward Isabella, and she obviously reciprocated Such a shame that they didn t end up together though hide spoiler The pacing was consistent I was interested all throughout and the author even made the ending a bit fast paced than usual The chapters near the end were action packed and the author surely gave the novel closure, despite the fact that there s a third book in the series I hate it when a novel feels incomplete because of the ending, thankfully I didn t have that problem with this one.5 5 stars and I can consider this one of my favorite books ever Just as good, or even better than the first one I can t wait to read the next book and novella real soon I m really recommending this book, and the author to any avid readers out there With perfect writing and super plot and characters, you really can t go wrong with Zaf n Highly recommended with a plead to try out at least one of his novels En La Turbulenta Barcelona De Los A Os Un Joven Escritor Obsesionado Con Un Amor Imposible Recibe La Oferta De Un Misterioso Editor Para Escribir Un Libro 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second book to the beautiful Shadow of the Wind, is neither a prequel nor a sequel Essentially it is a stand alone story that you can fully enjoy on its own but if you want to get the most out of it and discover all the connections that will enhance your reading experience with the characters, I highly recommend reading them in their publication order and not 4.5 Hats off to you, Sir I love this author so damn much First, let s get the confusion out of the way The Angel s Game, though the second book to the beautiful Shadow of the Wind, is neither a prequel nor a sequel Essentially it is a stand alone story that you can fully enjoy on its own but if you want to get the most out of it and discover all the connections that will enhance your reading experience with the characters, I highly recommend reading them in their publication order and not the timeline order of the books Only once have I come across a book, The Night Circus , where the setting becomes a major character by almost, but not quite, overshadowing the main characters Here, the hero of TAG, David Martin is an engaging and sympathetic human but through the vivid language of Zafon, the surreal city of early 20th century Barcelona very nearly upstages both with its gloomy moods and its sinister beauty.Now, does The Angel s Game match up to The Shadow of the Wind Fuck No I mean, TSoTW was like, reading words dipped in magic HOWEVER This one had its own beat that sucked you in with its dark and eerie tone throughout Also, I daresay the characters in this novel are a bitcomplex than those in The Shadow of the Wind.In the years after World War I, a mysterious publisher, Andreas Corelli, offers our lead, David a writer who suffers the torments of his craft a great deal of money to write a narrative book that is to be the inspiration for a new religion, and after reluctantly accepting this deal, he starts having chilling encounters with characters who may be real or perhaps figments of his imagination and he is drawn into a terrifying maze of events that threaten his sanity if not his life.No point in sayingbecause, honestly, best to go in blind and have it challenge your own sense of reality vs imagination Zaf n KNOWS how to write with grace and passion His prose is eloquent and his abilities to spin a remarkably elaborate plot from a potentially simple idea is truly awe inspiring The Angel s Game is filled with hapless victims who are driven mad or die in random accidents, paranoia, ill fated love and as the story goes on, the narrative is littered with corpses, murdered policemen and so much.Oh, and that cryptic epilogue That left me withquestions than answers and by the way, I ve also read the third book in this series and, that s right, I was left with even , gigantic snowball of questions than answers and to say I cannot wait for book four is the understatement of ages DO NOT read this before The Shadow of The Wind Okay, now I m done prior to reading Ahhh when fate intervenes I couldn t stop staring at this book so I picked it off my shelf JUST to peak through it and hold it in my hands for a few seconds honestly ve no clue why I felt I had to do that but now I can t stop reading Yup I ve decided it s fate telling me to go back to the world of Cemetery of Forgotten Books This book was ALMOST a 5 star read for me I really, really enjoyed it, and wish that I could give it 5 stars, but I feel like the loose ends were kind of rubber banded together, rather than tied up all nice and pretty But first I want to talk about the writing GOR GEOUS Ruiz Zafon captured me with the first paragraph In fact, while I was reading What Dreams May Come right before this, I snuck a peek and then almost didn t put it back down to finish WDMC I mean, look at this A writer n This book was ALMOST a 5 star read for me I really, really enjoyed it, and wish that I could give it 5 stars, but I feel like the loose ends were kind of rubber banded together, rather than tied up all nice and pretty But first I want to talk about the writing GOR GEOUS Ruiz Zafon captured me with the first paragraph In fact, while I was reading What Dreams May Come right before this, I snuck a peek and then almost didn t put it back down to finish WDMC I mean, look at this A writer never forgets the first time he accepted a few coins or a word of praise in exchange for a story He will never forget the sweet poison of vanity in his blood and the belief that, if he succeeds in not letting anyone discover his lack of talent, the dream of literature will provide him with a roof over his head, a hot meal at the end of the day, and what he covets most his name on a miserable piece of paper that will surely outlive him A writer is condemned to remember that moment, because from then on he is doomed and his soul has a price A price, you say Hmmm Must read on So I did, and found that with every page, I enjoyed the book evenIt was dark and gloomy and despairing and creepy at times, and at others it was laugh out loud funny and light and surprising David, our narrator, is a young writer, who s had a hard time of life, and is therefore older than his years He s bitter, and jaded, and sarcastic, but still idealistic in a way I loved the way that he looked at things, and the life he brought to the pages Even when he was writing himself to death, he s still interesting and dynamic and I wanted to know him better So, in comes Andreas Correlli, mysterious and perfectly dressed and wanting to put David s talent to use for his own vague purposes I recognized Correlli for what he was right away, as maybe I was intended to, so I waited anxiously for the inevitable There is quite a bit of religious speculation and philosophy if that s the right word in this book, which was very interesting to me The conversations that Correlli and David had regarding religion were maybe a touch over my head, but intriguing to read, because both men hadthan reason enough to twist things to their own purposes in their conversations, and I was never quite sure whether what they were saying was really what they were saying.From David and Correlli s first meeting, things start to getandmysterious and strange Very surreal in a realistic way, and quite intense There were times when I d have to force myself to put the book down to go to bed And the chapters were so short that it was far too easy to justify just oneNew twists and turns were introduced and I couldn t wait to figure out how they all fit together But this is where things went a little bit downhill for me While things were technically ended, and it wasn t a bad ending, I just wish that we had a bitexplanation as to certain things in the story, and that s why I had to drop a star off I mean, I guess we could just look at it from a stand point of it is because it is because it is , but I m always looking for the why too I don t want to ruin this book for anyone who has yet to read it, because it is definitely worth reading, so I will not go into spoilerish stuff here I will just say that I would have liked a bitwrap up with certain converging storylines Overall, I immensely enjoyed this book The writing has a way of just making me part of the story, and the descriptions made me wish I could be in Barcelona to see it for myself I look forward to reading Shadow of the Wind soon Like me, you will probably read The Angels Game because you enjoyed immensely the author s The Shadow of the Wind And it s all here again the musty dusty bookstores of Barcelona with their Borges like labyrinths and secret passageways Decaying old mansions a brooding half crazed, over caffeinated writer darkness, shadows, death, murders, mystery and foreboding The problem I had was with the plot I couldn t tell at the end what the resolution was of the plot I even skimmed back though th Like me, you will probably read The Angels Game because you enjoyed immensely the author s The Shadow of the Wind And it s all here again the musty dusty bookstores of Barcelona with their Borges like labyrinths and secret passageways Decaying old mansions a brooding half crazed, over caffeinated writer darkness, shadows, death, murders, mystery and foreboding The problem I had was with the plot I couldn t tell at the end what the resolution was of the plot I even skimmed back though the book trying to see what I must have missed and if I could figure it out no luck It s still a good read just not as good as Shadow My, oh my I had such great expectations from the book I know, it s not fair and I was so disappointed about how it ends I actually don t know any if I liked it or not.It starts OK, nothing spectacular at the beginning well maybe that episode when David, a journalist at this point, visits the brothel I still haven t figured out its connection with the rest of the story , but after the first quarter it gets better and better Now a writer, David is asked by a mysterious editor to writ My, oh my I had such great expectations from the book I know, it s not fair and I was so disappointed about how it ends I actually don t know any if I liked it or not.It starts OK, nothing spectacular at the beginning well maybe that episode when David, a journalist at this point, visits the brothel I still haven t figured out its connection with the rest of the story , but after the first quarter it gets better and better Now a writer, David is asked by a mysterious editor to write THE book, something nobody has ever dared to write before, in exchange for an enormous sum of money When Isabella shows up, the story gets even better Besides the gothic atmosphere, mystery and religious supernatural events which, I have to admit, made my heart skip a beat a few times I totally loved David Isabella relationship Their dialogues are so sparkling and witty and they act so stormy have I watched too many romantic comedies I almost wanted them to hook up But well, Zafon had other plans and David remains devoted to his one true love, Cristina, which leads to all kind of complicated events, because this is what love does, it complicates our already complicated lives, right So, from one point onward the book totally got me things disappear, people die, houses are burnt , I basically spent my weekend in bed with it, but the last 50 pages chasing escaping fleeting away so not my cup of tea were such a bore and the ending so Spanish opera meets supernatural, I couldn t take it I somehow wanted the always cool never scared David to end his life heroically or not , but being a 1st person narrative that was quite impossible So OK, let him live, but what have we done to deserve such a cheesy ending not spoiling anything about that D I might be ranting a lot, but don t get me wrong Zafon has a real talent for story telling and the book is definitely a page turner if you re into mystery and thrillers, this is a good choice And yes, bookworms or Barcelona admirers, for you too Last night, I listened to the end of this audiobook with tears in my eyes I won t easily forget those last scenes My favorite parts of this story were the visits to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books I love the idea of a place where Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul The first time someone visits this place, he must choose a book and adopt it, making sure that it will never disappear, that it will always stay alive Just reading those sentences makes my soul sigh with contentm Last night, I listened to the end of this audiobook with tears in my eyes I won t easily forget those last scenes My favorite parts of this story were the visits to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books I love the idea of a place where Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul The first time someone visits this place, he must choose a book and adopt it, making sure that it will never disappear, that it will always stay alive Just reading those sentences makes my soul sigh with contentment I didn t enjoy this book quite as much as I enjoyed Shadow of the Wind This tale was slightly darker andmysterious, but I thought the mystery became a little convoluted This was still a wonderful, beautifully written story that had me in tearsthan once What an amazing feeling that is Highly recommended The book starts out so well, rich in a character, humor, and a powerful sense of place It captivated me from the first few pages I couldn t wait to keep reading I rewarded myself with it each night I felt I was reading a truly great book, one I was certain would become a beloved favorite of mine I was so in love, that I was willing to overlook a nagging flaw in a story where language and the craft of writing mean so much, where the writer himself aims a spotlight on authorial laziness The book starts out so well, rich in a character, humor, and a powerful sense of place It captivated me from the first few pages I couldn t wait to keep reading I rewarded myself with it each night I felt I was reading a truly great book, one I was certain would become a beloved favorite of mine I was so in love, that I was willing to overlook a nagging flaw in a story where language and the craft of writing mean so much, where the writer himself aims a spotlight on authorial laziness Don Basilo was a forbidden looking man with a bushy moustache who did not suffer fools and who subscribed to the theory that the liberal use of adverbs and adjectives was the mark of a pervert or someone with a vitamin deficiency , I was astonished by the repeated reliance on cliche phrase For example In this neck of the woods, one doesn t have to run very fast The editorial board had opted to take the bull by the horns technically, it was my father who paid, but don t look a gift horse in the mouth my father came back and found me alive and kicking It was especially bewildering since the author is capable of such amazing, vivid, and fresh prose How could he possibly let a cliche like he let the cat out of the bag get past the rough draft Since the book is a translation, I will give the author the benefit of the doubt and assume it s the translator s fault and not his one need only look at The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for an example of that But the cliches would be a minor annoyance if the rest of the book matched the brilliance of the first half Unfortunately, the book quickly devolves into relentlessly dull exposition, delivered by one note characters with absolutely no motivation or reason to deliver the speeches to our hero besides the author s need to relay the information Worse, the plot, such as it was, totally collapses into an unintelligble, incoherent mess that isn t satisfying or entertaining Nothing that was planted in the first half pays off in the second For me, the book was a crushing disappointment 4.5 5 stars The Angel s Game is another incredible book by Carlos Ruiz Zaf n It s as good as The Shadow of the Wind in a different way More than a month has passed since I finished reading The Shadow of the Wind that enthralled me, and not gonna lie, I had an inkling of dropping the series after continuously hearing from so many people that the continuations aren t really worth the read I can t say about The Prisoner of Heaven because I haven t read it yet, but The Angel s Game, in my opinion, 4.5 5 stars The Angel s Game is another incredible book by Carlos Ruiz Zaf n It s as good as The Shadow of the Wind in a different way More than a month has passed since I finished reading The Shadow of the Wind that enthralled me, and not gonna lie, I had an inkling of dropping the series after continuously hearing from so many people that the continuations aren t really worth the read I can t say about The Prisoner of Heaven because I haven t read it yet, but The Angel s Game, in my opinion, was definitely worth the readEvery book has a soul, the soul of the person who wrote it and the soul of those who read it and dream about itI m honestly quite shocked by the significant drop in average ratings for The Angel s Game, the second installment in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books quartet by Carlos Ruiz Zaf n, on Goodreads It is indeed a different kind of book than its predecessor, there s nostory within a story, nocoming of age, and the story itself takes place before the events that occurred in The Shadow of the Wind However, Zaf n did retain sufficient elements that made the first book superb into his narrative here, and I do believe that The Angel s Game has the alluring storytelling capability that the first book has The themes in The Angel s Game focuseson writing, ambition, faith, loneliness, found family, and the dark side of humanity The story has a gothic horror feels to it it is bleaker, and it s definitelydepressing than the first book This, however, doesn t mean a drop in storytelling quality, Zaf n s prose plus Lucia Graves translation never fails to captivate me This is a hefty book it s almost 700 pages long, and I never felt bored reading itEvery work of art is aggressive, Isabella And every artist s life is a small war or a large one, beginning with oneself and one s limitations To achieve anything you must first have ambition and then talent, knowledge, and finally the opportunityThe characterizations of the main character, David Martin, and the individuals he met especially Isabella and Sempere family along his journey were so well done Do note that David Martin isn t a complete kind hearted person like the protagonist of the previous book, Daniel Sempere, who s very easy to get attached to David is cynical, he sometimes treats people horribly, and he lives a relatively harsher life compared to Daniel Unlike Daniel who s accompanied by his dad and Fermin, David s life is one of loneliness and strings of bad lucks I found his struggle to find love and companions offers a look a darker one into a life of hardship that many people encounter in real life The complexity of David s journey drew me into the story thoroughly he may not always be likable, but there s a strong sense of consistency in his character development that I enjoyed reading Also, although you can read this book without reading The Shadow of the Wind first, the meaning behind the appearance of the Sempere Sons bookshop would lose its effectI stepped into the bookshop and breathed in that perfume of paper and magic that strangely no one had ever thought of bottlingAnother thing that I found to be awesome was the changes in tone The Angel s Game takes place in the same location as The Shadow of the Wind, and I loved how Zaf n made sure that a different time period would give a different kind of atmosphere The Shadow of the Wind, to me, feltmelancholic, at times tragic, but sprinkled with hope and heartwarming friendship The city of Barcelona portrayed in The Angel s Game felt, as I mentioned before, bleak and depressive.Picture The Angel s Game by Vincent ChongI know I ve mentioned in my previous review, but seriously, reading this series makes me want to visit Barcelona I want to see the places mentioned, that still exists, in this book with my own eyes and find out what kind of feelings will be sparked in me Although the story told in The Angel s Game felt like it s a different kind of book compared to The Shadow of the Wind at times, I must once again praise Zaf n s astounding prose and Graves translation I m getting repetitive here, but the two books in the series that I ve read so far are embedded with countless quotable passages, and I m sure the remaining two books in the series will follow the same treatment Just look at this passage about envy belowEnvy is the religion of the mediocre It comforts them, it soothes their worries, and finally it rots their souls, allowing them to justify their meanness and their greed until they believe these to be virtues Such people are convinced that the doors of heaven will be opened only to poor wretches like themselves who go through life without leaving any trace but their threadbare attempts to belittle others and to exclude and destroy if possible those who, by the simple fact of their existence, show up their own poorness of spirit, mind, and guts Blessed be the one at whom the fools bark, because his soul will never belong to themIsn t that just so well written And there s still so manyI haven t shared yet on this review As to what prevented me from giving this book a full 5 stars rating, the climax sequences ended a bit unsatisfyingly for me The Shadow of the Wind felt and worked totally well as a standalone the conflicts have been resolved, revelations were unveiled, and the book ended very satisfyingly The climax sequences in The Angel s Game felt messy and quite convoluted to me Plus, the ending itself raisesquestions I assume these will be answered in the remaining two books than answer them, and it left me feeling slightly unsatisfied upon finishingWhether we realise it or not, most of us define ourselves by opposing rather than by favouring something or someone To put it another way, it is easier to react than to actThe good thing about the conclusion, though, is that finishing The Angel s Game certainly makes me so excited to start reading the next installment ASAP It took methan a month break after reading The Shadow of the Wind before I decided to finally pick this up, I doubt it would that long before I dive into the next book, The Prisoner of Heaven The Angel s Game is a dark, thrilling, and gripping installment in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series For a series outside my favorite genre fantasy to read, this has been a crazy and twisted ride that I highly enjoyed so far, and I look forward to finding out how the story will develop from hereWe spend a good part of our lives dreaming, especially when we re awakeYou can order the book from Book Depository Free shipping You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions Special thanks to my Patrons on Patreon for giving me extra support towards my passion for reading and 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About the Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Carlos Ruiz Zaf n was a Spanish novelist Born in Barcelona in 1964, he lived in Los ngeles, United States, since 1994, and worked as a scriptwriter aside from writing novels.His first novel, El pr ncipe de la niebla The Prince of Mist, 1993 , earned the Edeb literary prize for young adult fiction He is also the author of threeyoung adult novels, El palacio de la medianoche 1994 , Las luces de septiembre 1995 and Marina 1999.In 2001 he published the novel La sombra del viento The Shadow of the Wind , his first adult novel, which has sold millions of copies worldwide Since its publication, La sombra del viento has garnered critical acclaim around the world and has won numerous international awards Ruiz Zaf n s works have been published inthan 40 countries and have been translated intothan 30 languages.


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