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Het middernachtspaleis by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Het middernachtspaleis (edition 2011)

by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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Title:Het middernachtspaleis
Authors:Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Author)
Info:Utrecht Bruna 2011
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The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafón



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  trexm5qp7 | Oct 8, 2016 |
A secret society of orphans, twins terrorized and hidden at birth from a demon, a mysterious house and a burning train with children aboard--should have been a creepy read but was instead slow and unsuspenseful. While "The Prince of Mists" was haunting and sad, this book doesn't succeed in evoking that same atmosphere and tension. ( )
  lillibrary | Jan 23, 2016 |
Another brilliantly-crafted thriller from Ruiz Zafon. He writes in such evocative settings, and does a wonderful job of combining the brutally real with the magical. ( )
  AmeliaHerring | Jan 22, 2016 |
Supernatural tale for teenagers in Calcutta in 1932

This novel aimed at young adults takes places mostly in Calcutta in 1932 and deals with the confrontation between a group of 16-year-old orphans and a supernatural enemy. The main characters of this group are Ben and Sheere, twins separated at birth for reasons explained in the book. The other orphans belong to a group meeting regularly in the Midnight palace, an abandoned house.

These are just about all the characters involved apart from a couple of others who are essential to the explanation of the plot.

Well-written and quite fast-moving, this didn’t engage me much especially compared to the author’s adult work such as The Name of the Wind.

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  PaulAllard | Dec 9, 2015 |
Ben and Sheere are twins that were split up at birth to keep them safe. Sheere has lived with her grandmother for 16 years and Ben has resided at St. Patrick's an orphanage. Ben and his friends have created a secret society called the Chowbar Society and on the eve of the society's disbandment, Sheere comes into their lives and the society must pull together one last time to help Ben and Sheere survive the demons of their past.

This was a great book. If I hadn't been so busy I would have finished it much sooner then I did. The story is narrated by Ian, one of the society years and years down the road. The society members are all wonderful although some stand out more then others. There are ghosts and horrors here but they don't over take the adventure part of the story. I also didn't see the ending coming from a mile away. It's a sad but wonderful twist for the reader. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
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There's a lot to like about this novel. It's fast-moving and never hesitates, and it quickly sketches the eight young people who inhabit its pages as quirky and likeable individuals, from the taciturn artist, Michael, to the fiery and intelligent Isobel. It's also a story about stories: tales from the past are woven into the narrative in an elegant way, with the whole book framed by the narrative of the last surviving member of the group.

The book is not without its flaws, however, containing some simple contradictions that can be an irritation to the reader: to give an example, one moment we're told that Ben and Sheere are worried when they learn that Jawahal has penetrated their father's secret house, while a few pages later, they settle down to sleep in that house, safe in the knowledge that "if . . . Jawahal had been able to get in, he would have done so already".

Despite this, however, The Midnight Palace is an enjoyable novel, with a wonderfully sinister villain, plucky and resourceful heroes and some visually arresting imagery, most notably in the depiction of the Firebird, a deadly weapon whose fire engulfs a phantom train of murdered orphans.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Carlos Ruiz Zafónprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Graves, LuciaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grüneisen, LisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maspero, FrançoisTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
וולק, ארזTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316044733, Hardcover)

In the heart of Calcutta lurks a dark mystery....

Set in Calcutta in the 1930s, The Midnight Palace begins on a dark night when an English lieutenant fights to save newborn twins Ben and Sheere from an unthinkable threat. Despite monsoon-force rains and terrible danger lurking around every street corner, the young lieutenant manages to get them to safety, but not without losing his own life. . . .

Years later, on the eve of Ben and Sheere's sixteenth birthday, the mysterious threat reenters their lives. This time, it may be impossible to escape. With the help of their brave friends, the twins will have to take a stand against the terror that watches them in the shadows of the night--and face the most frightening creature in the history of the City of Palaces.

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When a mysterious threat reenters the lives of twins Ben and Sheere, separated as babies and reunited as teenagers in 1930s Calcutta, the siblings must confront an unspeakable terror, with the help of their secret society of fellow orphans.

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