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El Juego del Ángel (Vintage Espanol) (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 13, 2008


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  • Series: Vintage Espanol
  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Espanol; First edition, first printing (full number line) edition (May 13, 2008)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 030745536X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307455369
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fans of Zafón’s The Shadow of the Wind and new readers alike will be delighted with this gothic semiprequel. In 1920s Barcelona, David Martin is born into poverty, but, aided by patron and friend Pedro Vidal, he rises to become a crime reporter and then a beloved pulp novelist. David’s creative pace is frenetic; holed up in his dream house—a decrepit mansion with a sinister history—he produces two great novels, one for Vidal to claim as his own, and one for himself. But Vidal’s book is celebrated while David’s is buried, and when Vidal marries David’s great love, David accepts a commission to write a story that leads him into danger. As he explores the past and his mysterious publisher, David becomes a suspect in a string of murders, and his race to uncover the truth is a delicious puzzle: is he beset by demons or a demon himself? Zafón’s novel is detailed and vivid, and David’s narration is charming and funny, but suspect. Villain or victim, he is the hero of and the guide to this dark labyrinth that, by masterful design, remains thrilling and bewildering. (June) -- Publishers Weekly, starred Review

Another delicious supernatural mystery from bestselling Catalan author Zafón (The Shadow of the Wind, 2005).Mix Edgar Allan Poe with Jorge Luis Borges, intellectual mysterian Arturo Pérez-Reverte, and maybe add a dash of Stephen King, and you have some of the makings of Zafón’s sensibility. Fans of his earlier book will be pleased to find themselves on patches of familiar ground, including a revisit to that wonderful conceit, the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Indeed, this is a prequel–but only of a kind: Familiar figures turn up at points, only to seem less than familiar as the narrative twists and turns. The none-too-heroic hero, David Martín, is an aspiring journalist who bucks hackwork to turn in a crowd-pleasing series for a tough boss. This leads him into an onerous contract with the usual crooked publishers and, indirectly, into a rivalry with his former mentor–all of which, naturally, entails love triangles and smoldering egos. The picture is complicated by the arrival of another curious publisher, Andreas Corelli, who offers David piles of pesetas to write, well, a book of a different sort, involving research that yields piles of corpses and occasions ample cliffhangers. Zafón has a fine talent for inserting unexpected hitches into a story line already resistant to graphing, whose outcome is definitely not seen from afar. The plot resolves in a rush, for the author finds himself with many a loose end to tie up, but once it sinks in, the result is more than satisfying. Zafón delivers a warning about the dangers of obsession, mixed with an obvious passion for literature and the printed word; his book is also a song of love for Barcelona with all its creaking floorboards and hidden subbasements.A nice fit with the current craze for learned mysteries and for spooks of both the spying and the spectral kind. -- Kirkus Reviews


Praise for The Shadow of the Wind

“One gorgeous read”—Stephen King

“Diabolically good”—Elle magazine

“Superbly entertaining”—Washington Post

“Breathtaking”—New York Times

“Wondrous”—Entertainment Weekly

“Magic”—New York Times Book Review

“Absolutely marvelous”—Kirkus

“Infectious”—The Economist

“Outstanding”—Library Journal

“Lavish”—Booklist

“Gripping”—Philadelphia Inquirer

About the Author

Carlos Ruiz Zafón es uno de los autores más leídos y reconocidos en todo el mundo. Inicia su carrera literaria en 1993 con El Príncipe de la Niebla (Premio Edebé), a la que siguen El Palacio de la Medianoche, Las Luces de Septiembre (reunidos en el volumen La Trilogía de la Niebla) y Marina. En 2001 se publica su primera novela para adultos, La Sombra del Viento, que pronto se transforma en un fenómeno literario internacional. Sus obras han sido traducidas a más de cuarenta lenguas y han conquistado numerosos premios y millones de lectores en todo el mundo.

www.eljuegodelangel.com
www.carlosruizzafon.com

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón is the author of six novels, including the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind. His work has been published in more than forty different languages, and honored with numerous international awards, including the Edebé Award, Spain's most prestigious prize for young adult fiction. He divides his time between Barcelona, Spain, and Los Angeles, California.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Walter Landesman on June 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
El nuevo libro de Ruiz Zafón - el Juego del Ángel, en verdad me cautivó. El final puede ser discutible, acelerado, con no todas las respuestas a todas las posibles preguntas, pero las primeras 640 páginas ( de las 666) son fascinantes, disfrutables de leer, de gran imaginación, y de alguna manera te hace sentir en una Barcelona de comienzos del siglo xx.
Intriga, misterios (más lineales que en La Sombra del Viento , donde uno llevaba a otro y era como un juego de damas chinas), una atmósfera mágica, extraña y de a momentos cuasi mística. Realmente muy interesante y de lectura muy recomendable.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By LA Avid Reader on June 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
I read "La Sombra del Viento" (Shadow of the Wind) in one sitting, and thought it to be one of the best books I've read in the last 10 years. It took me just three days to finish this one, which is supposed to be a sequel, but you can perfectly read it independently of The Shadow. I don't want to be unfair with this one, cause I loved the other one so much. It is a good book, kept me going and interested, and found some parts very catching. I am not giving it 5 stars cause I was a bit dissapointed with the end, I felt the author had already written too many pages and some editor told him "that's it, you have to end it". Nevertheless, I strongly recommend it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lubumba on November 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
Una vez empiezas esta novela, es difícil parar de leer. El libro está escrito en un lenguaje sencillo y de acción rápida - de una sorpresa a la otra. La descripción de Barcelona y sus alrededores pone al lector en el centro de la acción. El lector sigue el personaje principal a través de sus desventuras e intrigas para culminar en un final que, lejos de explicar el misterio, deja muchas de las historias sujetas a la interpretación del lector. Este libro lo deja pensando y atando sus propios cabos. Merece una segunda lectura.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Enrique García on July 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is quite possibly one of the best books I have EVER read. Very well written, and very moving with every scene that attempted to invoke it. His style is fantastic, and this book made Zafón one of my favorite authors of all time, adding so much flavor to our current literary scene. Don't get me wrong, I loved La Sombra del Viento also. This one was incredible to say the least. Someone else mentioned on here that this is a sequel. This is actually a PREQUEL to La Sombra del Viento, as according to the Epilogue, Daniel Sempere is born, and someone important to him dies a little later (I won't spoil it).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Salazar on February 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
Zafon es un maestro de la descripcion y un genio de la personificacion. El da vida a los objetos que coexisten en los alrededores del personaje principal, es este caso Martin. El autor es capaz de crear a Martin, que existe como ser humano y que cambia a traves de los sucesos y aventuras que estan a su camino. Si has leido la Sombra del Viento, este libro te va a fascinar ya que toma algunas cosas prestadas como el Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados y la libreria de Sempere e Hijos la cual tiene un parte muy importante en este relato. Para mi Zafon es mas que un escritor, es un artista que crea un mundo visible en mi cabeza, a traves de la escritura.
Creo que una de las cosas menos celebradas en la escritura contemporanea es el final. Muchas veces he visto peliculas o leido textos que son excelentes pero el final es debil. El Juego del Angel tiene un final donde la felicidad y la tristeza son uno. Zafon es capaz de empezar y terminar el libro con fuerza, determinacion y especialmente claridad.
Reir. La interaccion entre Martin y Isabella es muy graciosa. Mientras leo me causa risa ver como este par de personajes de desenvuelven ironicamente conviviendo bajo el mismo techo.
Andreas Corelli y su sonrisa lobuna cuativan la atencion del lector con sus misteriosas apariciones. Puedo decir que Corelli me da escalofrios.
Barcelona. Zafon y su descripcion de Barcelona en las primeras decadas de 1900 traen a la vida a esta ciudad obscura y gotica. Me encanta como Zafon empieza sus capitulos describiendo no solo la ciudad pero el clima; La lluvia, el frio, el lago congelado, la nieve y las nubes negras que traen encuentros inesperados y estrafalarios a Martin.

Este libro lo tiene todo, amor, pasion, aventura, accion, misterio, comedia,terror y sobre todo historias encima de las otras las cuales Martin explora.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Patricia Gaitan on July 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
Without having red his first adult novel (and best seller) I sat with a bit of skepticism to read "El Juego Del Angle" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. To my surprise and delight I found a story of dark mystery, so well written, I had trouble putting down the 667 page volume I carried everywhere for a week. I found, that Spanish cordiality and humor I so much love of the culture in every page. . . . Kudos Zafon for a great piece of fiction.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Mauro on July 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
Very similar and very different from La Sombra del Viento. The romantic location is the same, but where the other book was a gothic mystery, fundamentally rational and with a coherent and satisfying solution, this is a totally irrational story, a fantasy book. Good in its own way, but a deception nonetheless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Selective Reader on May 29, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Zafon mantiene el suspenso en este tomo, en su forma clasica de tejer un cuento. Lo unico que encontre un poco desconcertante es la tendencia de Zafon, en este libro, a comenzar los capitulos con descripciones del ambiente que, en ciertos momentos, resultan repetitivas. "El Juego del Angel" captura al lector, aunque no con la misma intensidad de "La Sombra del Viento". Sin embargo, lo recomiendo a los lectores que disfrutan de la forma lirica en que Zafon usa el lenguage.
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