Title: The Angel’s Game (Juego del Angel)
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Publishing year: 2008
My opinion: I really liked the book. One of the few books where action starts from the first chapter. I really liked that I couldn’t predict what was going to happen. I actually thought for a long while it was like a vampire book. I found very many good ideas of life. Definitely something I recommend and will read again in the future.
The Canadian Press’s Maclean’s Magazine placed The Angel’s Game as number one for their top ten hardcover fiction books for the week ending July 7, 2009. Marley Walker called it “Zafon’s ambitious new historic melodrama.” USA Today praised The Angel’s Game as “a multi-layered confection that combines undying love, magical realism, meditations on religion, the importance of books and a love affair with the vibrant city of Barcelona.”
Andrew Reimer said, “Here is more of the same from the author of The Shadow of the Wind ” which “is bound to make his fans whoop with joy.” However, he also added, “the climax of this new tale is a bit of a mess, with too many twists and turns and perhaps a few too many corpses.”
Aravind Adiga of The Age complained that there was “plenty that is ludicrous, cliched and schematic,” but explained that “lovers of Barcelona will enjoy Ruiz Zafon’s skillful use of that city’s architecture–Gothic and Modern.”
Summary: The Angel’s Game is set in Barcelona in the 1920s and 1930s and follows a young writer, David Martin, who is approached by a mysterious figure to write a book. The novel returns to The Cemetery of Forgotten Books in Barcelona’s Raval district, and the Sempere & Sons bookshop, from The Shadow of the Wind.
In the next book of the series “The Prisoner of Heaven” we hear that Davíd Martín was imprisoned in the Montjuic Castle in 1940. There he wrote the book “The Angel´s Game”. We also find out that he is considered schizophrenic, talking to himself and characters who are not there. This leads to our conclusion that much of what appeared to happen in the book “The Angel´s Game” may not have happened, but could have been Martíns dreams/illusions/fantasies.
Quotes: “It is a cure for everything, except for stupidity… It’s starting to be epidemic” – Sempere