I’m starting my book review series with The Angel’s Book by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I read it in Spanish as you can see from the pictures below. I decided to start off with this book in particular because it was the first book I finished in 2019. However, I started reading it in October 2018 so it took me a little over 3 month’s to complete.
This is the second book of a 4-book series called “The Cementery of Forgotten Books”. The Angel’s Game was first published in 2008. They are all different stories and don’t have to be read in any particular order. This book was chosen for the October’s book in one of the book clubs I’m part of, and if you must know, no I did not vote for it. Still, I started reading it with an open mind and actually one of my dear friends said it is one of her favorite books so that got me even more excited.
The first part of the book was quite confusing, I got lost a little but soon picked up on what the main character was up to. When you start a book and you immediately don’t like it, it’s very hard for you to change your mind unless the rest of the book is absolutely out of this world which almost never happens with these type of books. At least to me it doesn’t. I knew before 100 pages in that I did not like the book at all. I kept reading it and forced myself to finish it because I just don’t like to not finish a book and something inside me kept telling me that maybe in the next page, or the next chapter something was going to happen that would make me change my mind about it.
To make a quick summary about this book, the main character – whose name is David Martin – is hired by this misterious person to write a book like no other that ever existed in return for a very good amount of money and some other benefits thrown in the deal. Mr. Martin will describe all his adventures – or I should say misadventures – in the 1920s Barcelona.
This is a story about mystery, love, tragedy, hope, and if I may add a personal one – it’s chaotic. When I read a book that it’s an ok book I will feel only entertained; if it’s a good book I can feel excited, passionate about it, happy… But when a I don’t like it, I feel stressed out and I perceive the book as chaotic because I can’t find sense or meaning in the book. For me this was just a list of misfortunes told by Mr. Martin and how everything turned out completely wrong for him.
Should you give it a try? Absolutely! Don’t take my word for granted. I know so many people that love this book. This is totally a personal preference and this time, this book didn’t rise up to the expectations I had. Will I be reading anything else from this author? You bet I will! I will know for sure that I don’t like an author after reading two or three books at least.
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts about it? Let me know and I hope you stick around for more book reviews.