The Angel’s Game
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Using the same universe of The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel’s Game takes us to Barcelona in the 1920’s. Although it is not a proper prequel, because the story is very different and has no connection to that of the first book, we again see the Cemetery of the Forgotten Books and the Sempere & Sons Bookshop.
This time, David Martin, a young writer disappointed with his love and professional life, accepts the offer of a mysterious editor to write a book that could “change the world” – but not for a cheap price.
After having fallen in love with The Shadow of the Wind, I was highly anticipating this would be another wonderful book, but unfortunately it didn’t meet my expectations. The book in itself is good, no doubt about it – there’s mystery, friendship, romance, and the descriptions and the characters are very profound. At some points I felt this weight upon my chest and my mood was kind of deteriorating – just what happens when the words and characters have such depth – but maybe because of this, when I think about this book I think of darkness (maybe some part of me is still lost inside a room or a corridor of David’s house), and for that and the natural comparison that we’ll all do, The Angel’s Game is not near as good as the previous one.
But, said that, as this is a 4-part series, I’ll certainly read the next books and try not to raise my expectation so high, so maybe I’ll be surprised, and for the better.
Posted on 31/01/2012, in 3 stars, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers and tagged angel's game, barcelona, carlos ruiz zafón, carlos ruiz zafon, cemetery of forgotten books, el juego del angel, friendship romance, sempere & sons, shadow of the wind, the angel's game. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.