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The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Prisoner of Heaven (2012)

by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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Series: The Cemetery of Forgotten Books (3)

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This was a great trilogy, the writing is lush, sad and comical all at once. I finished reading this eating and drinking at at tapas bar by myself, tears streaking down my face. It was the right thing to do! ( )
  MaureenCean | Feb 2, 2016 |
Not quite as good as Shadow of the Wind but really very good. I love the Daniel-Fermin relationship. ( )
1 vote nljacobs | Jan 19, 2016 |
The third book in the cemetary of Forgotten Books series. Not as great as the Shadow of the Wind but much better than Angels Game. Prisoner of heaven provides a link between the previous two books. This book delves into fermin's past as he is getting ready to marry and also contains more of David and bea's story. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
Ties together the stories of the first two books in the series in a satisfying way. ( )
  ronhenry | Nov 17, 2015 |
More like 3.5 stars. It was not nearly as good as Shadow of the Wind, but better than The Angel's Game. It is the shortest of the three and the least complex. The three novels have overlapping themes and characters, but it is sometimes difficult to figure out which is the prequel and which is the sequel. It seems that they can be read in any order and be equally confusing! The dark, mysterious Gothic nature of this novel makes for an enjoyable read. The “Cemetery of Forgotten Books” and its protectors is a part of each of the novels and that concept is so intriguing that I will continue reading about David Martín, Daniel Sempere, Fermín Romero de Torres and their associates as long as Zafón continues to write about them. ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
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While the reader should not expect many shocking plot twists, the story is gripping and the pace is just right. Further, the magic of the novel is in the wonderfully constructed creepy and otherworldly setting, the likable characters, and the near-perfect dialogue.
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Like his countryman Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Zafón combines sincere engagement with genre tradition, with clever touches of the literary postmodern. (The novel's epigraph is by a fictional writer who featured in The Shadow of the Wind.) This is explicitly, and joyously, a book about books, about what can be learned from them (say, how to follow someone in the street), and what is lost when they are lost. Much of the novel's appeal is that of time-travelling tourism, strongly flavoured with literary nostalgia – for a time when a bookshop could be a city's cultural nerve-centre, when a paper-based bureaucracy could be outwitted, when bohemian scribblers could afford to eat world-class crème caramels, and even when money could be "cursed". But beneath the sugared surface there is also political anger.
A rousing adventure that reads as if Jorge Borges were writing in the mode of Umberto Eco's 'The Name of the Rose.
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wondrous... ultimately a love letter to literature, intended for readers as passionate about storytelling as its young hero.
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Gabriel Garcia Marquez meets Umberto Eco meets Jorge Luis Borges...Ruiz Zafón gives us a panoply of alluring and savage personages and stories. His novel eddies in currents of passion, revenge and mysteries whose layers peel away onion-like yet persist in growing back... we are taken on a wild ride that executes its hairpin bends with breathtaking lurches.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ruiz Zafón, Carlosprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arpaia, BrunoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Geel, NellekeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Graves, LuciaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schwaar, PeterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tiittula, AnteroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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In 1957 Barcelona, Daniel Semper and his close friend Fermin Romero de Torres find their lives violently disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious stranger who threatens to divulge a terrible secret that has been buried for two decades in the city's dark past.… (more)

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