The Angel’s Game, Carlos Ruiz Zafon

When I got back to England after my time in Asia I found my copy of The Shadow of the Wind and thought I’d reread it, and see if it still felt as magical the second time round when I was no longer living in the city in which the book is set, Barcelona. It didn’t disappoint. The beautiful prose – stunningly translated by Lucia Graves – was so wonderfully atmospheric and drew me right back in so I felt as though I were in Barcelona again, but this time in the 1940s.

After I finished reading it, my brother offered to buy me the second one for Christmas and I started on The Angel’s Game. The Angel’s Game is similarly beautifully written and full of suspense, mystery, romance, and a love of literature. Whilst The Shadow of the Wind is about the love of reading, The Angel’s Game is more about the love of writing. 

What was different about this book however was the number of questions I was left with at the end. Whereas Ruiz Zafon did a wonderful job of tying up all the loose ends in The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel’s Game ended with so many questions unanswered. But I think this was a deliberate decision. 

I think the main theme of this novel is the idea of selling ones soul to the devil. Is so, does that make Andreas Corelli the devil? Is that why David finds himself in inexplicable situations? When David tries to explain to the inspector his innocence in the many deaths occurring, the inspector finds that his stories do not add up, though they are exactly as David remembers them.  The devil has the power to cure David of this terminal illness, and very few questions are asked. Does this mean therefore that David’s fatal brain tumour was never in fact cured and he experienced all of these events – or some version of these events – in his head? 

Overall The Angel’s Game was a wonderfully complex and intruiging read, and I cannot wait to start Prisoner of Heaven. 

Have any of you read this book? What are your thoughts?


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