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El Prisionero del Cielo (Spanish Edition)
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Me cosidero un completo admirador de Ruiz Zafon, pero "El prisionero del Cielo" es un material que debimos tener tanto en La Sombra del Viento como en El Juego del Angel.
Me cuesta, encontrar una razon para que no fuera asi, solo me queda pensar que fuera cuestion de editores, y demas personajes que giran en derredor de un escritor, y que después se vio que, podia constituir algo mas que ofrecer de la magnifica pluma del Sr.Zafon. Por demas esta decir que es una lectura deliciosa, como nos tiene acostumbrado este gran escritor. Como una nueva novela? ....No se acerca ni remotamente a las que le precedieron.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2012
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Excelente, pero a diferencia de los dos anteriores, este te deja con las ganas!! ESPERANDO CON ANSIAS!! Y Fermin Romero de Torres mi favorito!!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2012
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Nuevamente Ruiz Zafón nos sorprende con otro tomo de la serie del cementerio de los libros olvidados. Su narrativa es tan fluida e interesante, que si dispone de una tarde completa, es posible leerlo y gozarlo. Su relación con eventos pasados es tan real y creíble que obligadamente hay que recurrir a La sombra del viento. Si no ha leído este libro antes, es recomendable, más no necesario. ES la novela que tiene menos páginas de las dos anteriores, y al parecer faltan más por venir. ¡Es un libro que hay que leer!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2013
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Creo que los 2 libros anteriores a este; dejaban un buen final. En cambio en este caso, no pude dejar de pensar " mas?" Creo que todas las series o trilogias tienen q saber cuando acabar.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2012
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A powerfully written story at the start of the 20th century centered in the beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain, the character development, prose, and gently flowing story line kept my interest throughout the book this is one in a trilogy relating to the same characters, and intertwining the plots of the different books. It leaves you hanging waiting for the next volume to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2013
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Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a must for anyone who enjoys mystery, history and a tale well told ! This is part of a trilogy which can be read in any order....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2013
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I had buy all his books.I'm just waiting for his new one....Love how he writtes,the mystery,the way love is demostrated...how he describes old Spain...
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on January 24, 2014
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Firs, although this book is #3 in The cemetery of forgotten books series, you don’t need to have read the previous two in order to read this one.

Ruiz Zafon has written each book (The shadow of the wind, The angel’s game and now The prisoner of heaven) to stand individually. Of course, all three of them use the same characters (Daniel, Fermin, etc.) and at some point they cross path, but each book can be read individually.

In The prisoner of heaven, eloquent Fermin receives the visit of a dark friend from the past. His appearance plunges Fermin and his friend Daniel into a dangerous adventure that started twenty years ago with a man in a prison who the inmates called “the prisoner of heaven.” Why is he in jail and why Mauricio Valls, the director of the jail hates him so much? That and how Fermin comes into the story is narrated in a novel full of intrigue and suspense.

The book is set in Barcelona, during Spain’s Civil War (1938-1939); a period where you were incarcerated for just having the wrong thoughts about Franco, the dictator. This political turmoil reminded me of The feast of the goat by Mario Vargas Llosa.

I was totally immerse in the story and was very disappointed to see that Valls didn’t pay for his crimes! Of course, this is all for another book, not less.

What I enjoyed most (as with the previous books) was Fermin’s dialogue. Alas! The man has a way with words that just made me read his lines twice and laugh out loud!

For those of us who had read Ruiz Zafon’s two previous books, The prisoner of heaven holds a nice surprise. But don’t worry, you’ll be equally surprised by just reading this one too :-
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on August 20, 2012
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Like all CRZ books, this one grabs your attention from the very beginning. Using the same characters as in "Sombra" and even "Juego del Angel", it promises to be the book that unites the two previous ones and closes a trilogy. Not so...

The first half of the book is great (at the risk of spoilers, the scenes set in the Montjuich castle are cruel and of the best that CRZ has ever written), but then the level and intensity of the book drops, almost like the writer is dragging towards the end, needlessly filling pages. That end is quite open, and clearly suggests there is going to be another book about what happened to Daniel Sempere and his family.

It made me feel that CRZ was told to write two books following Sombra/Juego, instead of just one. Why? Because there was too much material to publish in just one book but no really enough for two books? (at 388 pages "Prisionero" is much shorter than its predecessors) Or was it because the publishers wanted more sales, publishing two titles instead of one? It is my feeling that CRZ should have written one final book to close a trilogy, that unites the two previous ones and makes to a wonderful ending.

"Prisionero" is a great book nonetheless, that I loved; but a 4* and not the unconditional 5* that I gave "Shadow of the Wind".
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I loved the first two books in this series and was worried that the author could not possibly top them, but this third book about the protagonists of the "cemetery of forgotten books" was every bit as good, if not better, than its predecessors. Once again, Zafón pulls the gothic shadows down around the city of Barcelona to tell a twisted tale. Death, war and torture figure prominently in "Prisionero" and lend it an appropriately somber tone. As the tale winds its way up and down the hills of Barcelona and back and forth in time, it ties together threads from the first two books and reveals many surprises. So many years have passed since I read "La sombra del viento" and "El juego del ángel" that I feel I may have missed the significance of some of the references, but that did not hinder my enjoyment of the book. It did make me move those other books off my bookshelf and back onto my "to read" pile. I will definitely re-read them, not just to get all the pieces of this convoluted story straight in my head, but also to immerse myself a bit longer in the magical, mysterious and dark world of Zafón's imagination. [I read this book in Spanish].
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