The Angel's Game

The Angel's Game

by Carlos Ruiz Zalfon

Gail Reid: Judy and Dale enjoyed "The Angel's Game" so that was a strong enough endorsement for me. Early 20th century Barcelona is portrayed in eerie, gothic tones which is the perfect ambience for this macabre story. Author David Martin embarks on a journey to create and write about a new religion but at what price? Has he sold his soul for the princely sum of a $100,000?

There are numerous sub-plots; and major themes of love, friendship, and betrayal permeate the story, all within the context of a world of books. An old-world bookstore and its generous owner are integral to David Martin's development as a person and writer. While "The Angel's Game" is a good read, the many sub-plots often create confusion. One mystery is solved but others remain vague. I honestly enjoyed Zalfon's "Shadow of the Wind" much more because it was easier to follow. It still had the same dark overtones of a Barcelona period piece but it was more gripping as a story. By comparison, "The Angel's Game" seems derivative and is not as compelling a read.
Rating: ****

Judy Stanton: Bibliophiles should love books about books, and The Angel's Game does not disappoint. The action packed adventure consistently called me back to chapter after chapter. The story was a bit dark for me, about an author moving into a "haunted" house, which seemed to infiltrate his dreams, his writing, his life. So much so that sometimes it was difficult to differentiate truth from reality; to determine who was mad, and who was sane. I love Zafon's wit, which comes through even in translation -- "You don't look well." he pronounced. "Indigestion," I replied. "From what?" "Reality." "Join the queue." His take on religious writings was so interesting...."Everything is a tale...what we believe, what we know, what we remember, even what we dream. Everything is a story, a narrative, a sequence of events with characters communicating an emotional content. We only accept as true what can be narrated." Angel's Game is not an easy read, it can get complex, trying to sort through the characters, real and imagined. Set in the 1920s in Barcelona, the book gives off a gothic aura, often feeling dark and dismal. But it has all the mystery and intrigue of life and death -- love, history, relationships, seeking fulfillment in work, making choices. A good read indeed!
Rating: ****

Dale Israel: The Angel's Game was written by the same author who wrote "The Shadow of the Wind" which I really, really enjoyed. If you haven't read it, you should. "The Angel's Game" probably isn't as good as his first book, but a good read just the same. It's difficult to summarize the book because it is so action packed...I really don't know where to begin. The setting is Barcelona and the main character is a novelist by the name of David Martin. He's been asked to start a new religion and to write a book about it. Some of the philosophy described was so deep that I had to take notes, highlight interesting concepts, etc. While many people on Amazon did not like the final 1/3 of the book because it was similar to an Alfred Hitchcock movie, I enjoyed it for that very reason. This was an enjoyable read and I understand there are other books in this series yet to be released and I'll be anxiously awaiting them.
Rating: ****

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