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El Palacio de la Medianoche Hardcover – November 21, 2006

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Rayo (November 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061284378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061284373
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,619,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pipo Jones on January 25, 2008
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After reading The Shadow of the Wind and El Principe de la Niebla, both of which I loved, I wasn't impressed with this novel. There's a quality to the writing (or perhaps a lack thereof) that doesn't make it involving and I found myself not caring much for the characters. There are elements of gothic novel here, but the psychological stimulus for horror is unconvincing and so the supernatural element falls flat. Although I wouldn't regret reading it, the novel didn't leave much of an impression and I'm convinced that in a few months I will forget that I read it.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl K. Hughes on February 2, 2007
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I have not read this book. I ordered it thinking it was the follow-up to The Shadow of the Wind. El Palacio... is an adolescent book as is El Principe de la Niebla, Marina, and Las Luces del Septiembre. So those of you breathlessly awaiting the follow-up to "Shadow", as I am, take note.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gise on November 30, 2012
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This book is excellent, it keeps you motivated since the beginning so you can't stop reading., you get to familiarize with the characters and share a tear or two.
i highly recommend it.
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I bought this one along with the first and third novels. As he states, these are novels intended for a teenager public and as such are not as deep nor as complex as La sombra del viento. Character descriptions are not so developed and the book feels rushed into the closing chapters, but it's understandable because again, were written for teenagers. But yes, you can feel Zafón here from the first lines and for those who enjoy his writing skills as I do that's quite enough. By the way, for those of you who felt a little lost with El juego del Angel, reading his first novels will clarify some questions, as thematic resources used a lot on these works are the answer to the seemingly lost ends in that later book. All in all, very good works from the author considering the public they are intended to reach.
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After reading Zafón's first book, El Príncipe de la Niebla, his first, I thought I'd give him another chance. Again I was disappointed, and for many of the same reasons. Although this book holds its story lines well (as his first sometimes struggled to do), has good momentum, a rich descriptive style, and engaging characters, it too has a morose tone and fatalistic outlook that don't exactly make for enjoyment! A taste, from the mouth of one of the characters: "The majority of traditions are nothing more than the sicknesses of a society." ["La mayoría de las tradiciones no son más que las enfermedades de una sociedad." p. 145] I would never recommend this book to an adolescent and doubt that I will give Zafón another opportunity to depress me.
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Toda la novela te hace que no te despegues ni un minuto de su lectura, es un misterio constante y todavia casi al final de la historia, te acabas de dar cuenta de secretos de los personajes principales. Emocionante, facil vocabulario y sentimental. Recomiendo El Palacio de la Medianoche totalmente, a cualquier persona que le gusten las novelas de misterio y suspenso. Cada obra de Zafon que leo me gusta cada vez mas sus libros.
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As the author writes in his introduction, "my books are considered to be for young readers, but I would hope they can be enjoyed by those from 9 to 90."

Since I'm 65, not quite 90 yet, but I found the story enchanting and easily readable by an upper-level beginner in Spanish.

I would highly recommend it for someone looking for their first "real reading experience" in the wonderful Spanish language.
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Not his best book, but he is a good read in Spanish, and it is more of a gothic style, more for young adults. I am a writer also, and a couple of his earlier books were really excellent. But trying to build on the same characters more than once of twice is tough to do.
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