Monday, December 17, 2012

From Ampersand...

The following is a review written by Chris from our November/December 2012 issue of the library's newsletter, Ampersand.

Fiction: The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

This is the third in a series which starts with The Shadow of the Wind and continues through The Angel's Game.
The stories are set in Barcelona. They concern the era of the dictator Franco in the pre-World War II time of widespread repression in Spain.
Zafon is a consummate story teller with a touch of the gothic. The main characters work in a book store and there are occasional visits to a secret and hidden library known as the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.
In this story The Angel's Game is referenced as a book by a mysterious mad writer, who may, or may not have died in one of Franco's worst prisons. One of the book store employees, who was also imprisoned, tells the story of the castle prison and its sadistic governor.
I envy anyone who has not read these books and has that pleasure ahead of them. The Library has all three.

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