The Angel’s Game, Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona's dark and mysterious side
Barcelona’s dark and mysterious side

Carlos Ruiz Zafón is one of Spains’ most masterful storyteller and El juego del ángel ( The Angels’s game)  is one of my favourites of his books.

With this and others, I have discovered a side of Barcelona I would never have had I not read it. It is a stunning city at the best of times, but the magic that this book adds to Barcelona and its old town had me exploring with a heightened sense of keenness. I began to  imagine  things that my mind, over active at the best of times, had trouble to make sense of. In a word, I was intrigued – to read more and to visit Barcelona again and again.

This novel captures the gothic wonder that is Barcelona in all its entirety. It is dark, mysterious, winding and weaving its subtle plots like the streets of Barcelona itself. In fact the style of writing mimics the actual city in a way I’ve never seen before.

What is equally good is that the English translation also does a very good job of recreating the city and its mysteries.

The plot:

In an abandoned mansion in Barcelona, David Martín makes his living writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym.

His childhood was a troubled one which has led him to take refuge in the world of books.

Crouched over his desk, he spends entire nights creating fantastical and mysterious tales about Barcelona’s underworld. However, it soon becomes apparent that the stories from his imagination, Which he says the streets whisper to him, are maybe not just contained within his imagination. His house itself contains a wealth of dark mysteries itself.

One day he receives a letter from a reclusive editor  who makes him the offer of a lifetime. If he writes  a book unlike anything that has ever existed before, he will receive a fortune, and perhaps more.

If you have never been to Barcelona, you will think you are there. You will still be drawn to going there for real, just to see what you can discover for yourself……

4 thoughts on “The Angel’s Game, Barcelona, Spain

  1. I can’t believe I have still never read anything by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I have wanted to read The Shadow of the Wind for years now and keep planning on borrowing my brother’s copy, but always forget! I think I will make 2013 the year I finally read it – I’ll just go out and buy a copy, they are in loads of charity shops!
    I’ve heard The Angel’s Game is also really good, and I loved Barcelona when I visited a friend there a few years ago – so I’ll put that on my pile too! (You’ve also made me want to go back to Barcelona again!) 🙂

    1. Ooh you won’ be disappointed!! He is very popular in Spain and he’s just as good in English. Let me know how you enjoy it.
      And thanks for saying I’ve inspired you to go back to Barcelona – it really is a magical place. I am dying to go back.

      It’s lovely to speak to like minded people and fellow book worms like yourself!

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