Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

I had already starting reading this book when I started hearing about a book called Shadows of the Wind which was also written by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Many of the reviews referred to Shadows of the Wind and how much the reviewer enjoyed reading it. One reviewer commented on a Youtube video that was an interview with Zafon. Here is the first part:

In it he makes the comment that he is writing four interconnected books, Shadows and Angel's Game being the first two, that don't belong in any particular order but share some of the characters and elements. He also commented that Shadow is a book for readers about books and Angel's Game has more to do with writers and the writing process. I am now very intrigued by Shadows of the Wind and plan to read it as soon as I can! Another thing he mentioned is that Angel's Game is much darker. I did find it to be quite dark, almost like a horror movie.

David Martin has had a rough start to his life. He is working on the crime beat at a small newspaper in 1920's Barcelona where incidentally his father worked as a janitor until he was murdered when David was quite young (his mother left the family many years before). He has a mentor there who has encouraged his writing and David finally gets a break and is allowed to write a serial novel for the paper. His career takes off and he is writing a series of books when a publisher approaches him with an unforgettable offer. From then on the story goes through some unbelievable twists and turns, some of it very dark, some very violent, some very confusing. I'm still not sure about the ending but the writing is superb. The feel that he gives the old city is very gothic and mysterious. You feel sucked in to the place and time even if you don't want to be. There is a fair amount of violence, 1 f-word, and a sexy-scene that was more romantic than graphic. I will make it rated R for that f-word but have to say that there was very little profanity other than that, which made that one word very jarring and out of place.

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