The Angel's Game

By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780767931113, 544pp.)

Publication Date: May 18, 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Compact Disc, Hardcover

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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 the author of the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind, comes a riveting new masterpiece about love, literature, and betrayal.
 
In this powerful, labyrinthian thriller, David Martín is a pulp fiction writer struggling to stay afloat. Holed up in a haunting abandoned mansion in the heart of Barcelona, he furiously taps out story after story, becoming increasingly desperate and frustrated. Thus, when he is approached by a mysterious publisher offering a book deal that seems almost too good to be real, David leaps at the chance. But as he begins the work, and after a visit to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, he realizes that there is a connection between his book and the shadows that surround his dilapidated home and that the publisher may be hiding a few troubling secrets of his own. Once again, Ruiz Zafón takes us into a dark, gothic Barcelona and creates a breathtaking tale of intrigue, romance, and tragedy




About the Author

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFÓN, author of The Shadow of the Wind and other novels, is one of the world’s most read and best-loved writers. His work has been translated into more than forty 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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CONVERSATION STARTERS

  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?




Praise For The Angel's Game

 
 
 “[Zafón's] visionary storytelling prowess is a genre unto itself."--USA Today

"[A] rip-roaring Gothic mystery. . . .  Will keep you glued to your deck chair."--Seattle Times

"A wickedly clever tale."--Miami Herald
 
“Ruiz Zafón’s narrative twists and soars, part dream and part slippery reality brought to live in vivid detail…. A book for story lovers: expansive, rich and slow to digest.”—Denver Post
 
"Zafón can write up a storm. . . . A dream from which it would be imprudent to awake."--The Washington Post
 
“Absorbing.... Offers not only plenty of plot intricacies and mystery but also a lyrical style of writing.... A literary centaur in which a meditation on the craft of writing is combined with a thriller.” —Los Angeles Times
 
"A love letter to all things literary, and a paean to the power of the written word. . . . Zafón is a storyteller with vast gifts."--The Onion
 
“A thriller laden with Gothic elements. . . . A pleasure to read.”—The Christian Science Monitor
 
“Zafón, a master of mood and emotional manipulation, guides us through Barcelona's backstreets. . . . Readers who enjoy losing themselves completely in a grand scary story that is at once epic and intimate will find themselves spellbound.”—San Antonio Express-News 

 "Zafon keeps the twists coming, right down to the last page."--The Oregonian
 
"As in The Shadow of the Wind, [Zafón] spins a fantastically elaborate plot."--New York Times

“Zafon is a superb and often witty weaver of suspense.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer
 
"A love letter to all things literary, and a paean to the power of the written word. . . . Zafón is a storyteller with vast gifts."--The Onion
 
"Zafon takes us into sinful corners, indulging fantasies that are erotic, magical or violent. In the end Zafón is the tempter. Many will fall for his vigorous and exhaustingly relentless story-telling."--The Guardian
 
“Gothic, fantastical and lushly atmospheric.”—Wall Street Journal
 
“Irresistible. . . . Writhes and twists. . . .  We can compare Zafon to Dickens or Poe, but his brilliant writing puts him in a league of his own. . . . Exquisite.”—Bookreporter
 
“Endearing and addictive.”—Financial Times

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