16 Feb

El Prisionero del Cielo/Editorial Planeta, S.A. 2011
First Harper-Perennial edition 2013
Soft cover 278 pages

If I knew where to begin, I’d explore the storyline that unfolded before my very eyes, and take you inside the dark, dank abandoned mansion where David Martin pens of his own madness; I’d want you to be a part of the clandestine affairs within the shadows of Barcelona, and come face to face with Andreas Corelli who knows your innermost desires even before you know them yourself.

If I knew where to begin, I‘d take you with me to have tea with Fermin Romero de Torres. We will become mesmerized as we sit quietly whilst he remembers, in the most proper manner of a gentle man of course, the dalliances of his youth; we’ll go to Sempere & Sons Bookshop, and ogle Daniel Sempere’s newest addition; we’ll go together into the gothic underground where it began; and oh my, I do so want to take you with me into the narrow alleyway of Calle Arco del Teatro where the large wooden door echos as it opens into the labyrinth of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books.

But I can’t do any of these things because 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 read first. The Prisoner of Heaven takes the storyline and character-studies of all three books, and brings us full circle leaving little doubt that our return to Barcelona is imminent. Exhilarating ride!

I was going to say, if you like gothic mystery; murder; thrilling twists and turns; unrequited passion; and suspense, packaged in the hands of a great writer, you’ll gladly acquiesce to the obsession. BUT I’m not going to say that because if you are here then you are a lover of words who writes and reads, and that, my friends is the all of it.





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