Lisa Says… Read This Book By Carlos Ruiz Zafón

By Lisa Hamilton

The Angel’s Game
by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

In 2004, Carlos Ruiz Zafón made his English language debut with the international best seller The Shadow of the Wind. It is in this novel where you first visit “The Library of Forgotten Books,” a sanctuary of books either to be rescued or buried. The Angel’s Game, Zafón’s newest book, is not a sequel, but a new novel that takes place in Barcelona in the 1920s. It, too, is written for those who are true bibliophiles and those who would like to visit such a library.

David Martin, the narrator, is a young journalist writing for a mediocre paper where he is the least favorite among the staff. He is hired away from the paper by some questionable characters to write pulp fiction, at which he is very successful. With newly acquired fortune and fame he purchases a beautiful home, which appears to be slightly haunted. Martin is then sought out by a famous, but discreet, wealthy gentleman to write the novel of the century, a novel that will change the course of history, a novel that will form a new religion. Initially intrigued and motivated, he visits “The Library of Forgotten Books” and takes on the task and challenge with vigor, enthusiasm and obsession, until all he becomes involved with either become slightly mad or die.

The Angel’s Game is a magical work about books. It is a novel of ideas, the nature of faith and the urge to gain power. It can be dark and gripping, but is also full of romance and intrigue. Above all, it is a story concerned with the ultimate significance of stories and a satisfying page turner to the end.

About this writer

  • Lisa Hamilton A native South Carolinian, Lisa Hamilton is the director of the First Presbyterian Church Preschool and Kindergarten. Of course she loves reading, but also finds time for cooking and walking her dog, Hurley.

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