The Angel's Game

By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
(Doubleday Books, Hardcover, 9780385528702, 531pp.)

Publication Date: June 16, 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the July 2009 Indie Next List
“The Angel's Game is a guaranteed page-turner, with many twists and turns of plot, a touch of horror, and gripping suspense. The novel, from the author of The Shadow of the Wind, takes us back to the gothic universe of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the winding streets of Barcelona's old quarter, in a masterful tale about the magic of books and the darkest corners of the human soul.”
-- Milane Christiansen, The Book Works, Del Mar, CA
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Winter 2011 Reading Group List
“At last, the long-awaited sequel by the author of Shadow of the Wind. Once again we get to visit the 'Cemetery of Forgotten Books' in Barcelona, this time in the 1920s. Zafon knows how to grab readers and pull them right into the story, surprising them with multiple twists and turns. Some of the characters are ageless, some are not exactly who they seem to be, and others leave you wondering if they even exist at all! A superb literary mystery!”
-- Linda Grana, Lafayette Book Store, Lafayette, CA


Description

From master storyteller Carlos Ruiz Zafón, author of the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind, comes The Angel’s Game—a dazzling new page-turner about the perilous nature of obsession, in literature and in love.

“The whole of Barcelona stretched out at my feet and I wanted to believe that, when I opened those windows, its streets would whisper stories to me, secrets I could capture on paper and narrate to whomever cared to listen . . .”

In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martín, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city’s underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner.

Like a slow poison, the history of the place seeps into his bones as he struggles with an impossible love. Close to despair, David receives a letter from a reclusive French editor, Andreas Corelli, who makes him the offer of a lifetime. He is to write a book unlike anything that has ever existed—a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, and perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realizes that there is a connection between his haunting book and the shadows that surround his home.

Once again, Zafón takes us into a dark, gothic universe first seen in the Shadow of the Wind and creates a breathtaking adventure of intrigue, romance, and tragedy. Through a dizzingly constructed labyrinth of secrets, the magic of books, passion, and friendship blend into a masterful story.




About the Author
Carlos Ruiz Zafon, author of two critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling novels, The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game, is one of the world's most-read and best-loved writers. His work, which also includes prizewinning young adult novels, has been translated into more than fifty languages and published around the world, garnering numerous international prizes and reaching millions of readers. He divides his time between Barcelona and Los Angeles.


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  1. The novel begins with David's recollection of the first time he tasted "the sweet poison of vanity" by writing for a living. How much of his career is fueled by vanity versus poverty? Why was it so difficult for him to heed Cristina's warnings about selling out to greedy publishers?

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