19 Jan


I don’t, as a general rule, write about a book before I’ve finished it, but I’m actually finding it quite difficult to not think about this Faustian tale. As you know, I read at night, in the confines of my upstairs’ quarters. This morning, I brought the book down, with the intention of reading more. With the intention of returning to the Barcelona of señor Martin.

It’s a slow read. Slow only because I don’t want to miss a single nuance. Slow only because I find myself in the throes of descriptive writing so brilliant that I am no longer in my own continuum and wish to savor every moment. Carlos Ruiz Zafon has managed to blur the line between reality and fiction.

The Angel’s Game is touted to be a prequel to The Shadow of the Wind. However, whilst The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game are intertwined with same persons, surroundings and era, they do not belong as one. These two Gothic thrillers may be read as stand-alones. They are similar only in that they are written by the same hand and mind. And, that I have been allowed to return to the cemetery of forgotten books is beyond all imaginings.

Sinister, mysterious and darkly narrated in the first person, David Martin is a writer who thrashes about within his own genius, capturing the attention of one certain person (shall we call him that (?)), who makes an offer señor Martin finds difficult to ignore ……

Now, if you will be so kind as to excuse me, I have pages to slowly turn.



One Response to “THE ANGEL’S GAME”


  1. THE PRISONER OF HEAVEN | WORDMAN - February 16, 2014

    […] I don’t know where to begin. You, on the other hand, do – The Angel’s Game (reviewed here and here), was written after The Shadow of the Wind (reviewed here), but in my opinion should be […]

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