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The Prisoner of Heaven Poche – 26 février 2013
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Revue de presse
“The story has heart, menace, torture, kindness, cruelty, sacrifice, and a deep devotion to what makes humans tick…THE PRISONER OF HEAVEN moves like a bullet train. There are few stops along the way, and the end of one section jumps headfirst into the next, leaving you no choice but to leap and not stop running (or reading in this case.)” -- New York Journal of Books
“Perhaps his wittiest [novel] and the darkest to date, a stylistic feat that Ruiz Zafon handles deftly…Savor this book.” -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Gripping…suspenseful…The magic of the novel is in the wonderfully constructed creepy and otherworldly setting, the likable characters, and the near-perfect dialogue.” -- Booklist
“Invoking the atmosphere of Dumas, Dickens, Poe and Garcia Marquez, Carlos Ruiz Zafon retains his originality and will hold his rightful place among the storytelling masters of literature.” -- Book Reporter
“Zafon’s storytelling is deft and well-paced, and his vivid prose brings the cultural riches and political strife of Franco-era Spain to life.” -- Publishers Weekly
“There is an air of magical realism to Zafón’s tales. The prose is robust and the dialogue rich with smart irony. But mostly, reading Zafón is great fun.” -- Miami Herald
“A deep and mysterious novel full of people that feel real…This is an enthralling read and a must-have for your library. Zafón focusses on the emotion of the reader and doesn’t let go.” -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Quatrième de couverture
Barcelona, 1957. It is Christmas, and Daniel Sempere and his wife, Bea, have much to celebrate. They have a beautiful new baby son named Julian, and their close friend Fermin Romero de Torres is about to be wed. But their joy is eclipsed when a mysterious stranger visits the Sempere bookshop and threatens to divulge a terrible secret that has been buried for two decades in the city's dark past. His appearance plunges Fermin and Daniel into a dangerous adventure that will take them back to the 1940s and the dark early days of Franco's dictatorship. The terrifying events of that time launch them on a journey fraught with jealousy, suspicion, vengeance, and lies.
Détails sur le produit
- Éditeur : Harper; International édition (26 février 2013)
- Langue : Anglais
- Poche : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 006222347X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062223470
- Poids de l'article : 143 g
- Dimensions : 10.64 x 1.83 x 17.15 cm
- Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon : 10,813 en Suspense (Livres)
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My only regret is that I will still have to wait for the fourth and last opus in the series, The Labyrinth of Spirits, to understand what really happened to Martin in The Angel's Game, and I'm in for a pretty long wait as I understand the English translation will not be available until 2018...
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This is primarily Fermin’s story, most of it relating his time in prison where he befriended fellow prisoner David Martin (The Angel’s Game.) Of course the enchanting city of Barcelona is equally brought to life (although not as much in this book as in the first two). It is a measure of the author’s skill when he makes you want to visit the city and walk the streets that his characters walked in his stories.
This book is shorter than the first two and weaves together the otherwise independent stories from The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game - both of which I absolutely loved. It also introduces us to a new mystery and sets the scene for the fourth and final book in the series which Carlos Ruiz Zafon promises to be “a grand operatic finale.”
The prologue says you can read each story as a stand alone tale. That maybe true of the first two books, but I would advise you to first read the previous two stories to fully appreciate this one.
And so who is still alive? What is real and what is not real? And will Zafon pull together the enormous and complicated thread of this mega mystery and reach a satisfactory conclusion? I hope so. I’m looking forward to it but at the same time I’ll be sad when it is all finished….. I’ll just have to re-read the entire series all over again. Actually I could do this until doomsday…...
The action in The Prisoner of Heaven begins in December 1957 in the Sempere & Sons Bookshop in Barcelona. Even though it's the Christmas season, business is bad (the book trade in 1957 being unfortunately rather similar to the book trade in 2012) and so Sempere Senior sets out to buy window decorations to woo the punters in, leaving his son Daniel alone to mind the shop. Daniel is not alone for long though as a sickly, hobbling old man enters the shop and, after firing some vague questions at Daniel, buys an illustrated edition of The Count of Monte Cristo, the most expensive volume in stock. The old man is clearly not a bibliophile and his lack of interest in the book is confirmed when he inscribes the volume: "For Fermin Romero de Torres, who came back from the dead and who holds the key to the future."
Fermin is in fact an employee at the bookshop and, although he is a good friend of Daniel's, he is a man with a mysterious past. After trailing the old man to see what else he can learn, Daniel presents Fermin with the book and begins to learn more about his friend's origins, experiences during the war, and about his connection to the Sempere family. It is not just the past that provides intrigue for the two men though, as both Daniel and Fermin are faced with contemporary romantic shenanigans and questions of identity and honesty.
The Prisoner of Heaven is a truly captivating book. It couldn't be described as action-packed but the story is so compelling that the book positively whizzes by. It's a story that you might well find yourself reading in a single sitting. There is a mystery at the heart of the story but it is not one that the reader must untangle since Fermin is in possession of nearly all of the puzzle pieces and is, eventually, happy to share them with Daniel. Rather, the reader quickly becomes so invested in the characters that every secret and past mystery about them is in demand and the whole host of intrigue weaves together to indicate far larger things afoot. As I mentioned before, The Prisoner of Heaven is the third book in the cycle and, while you don't have to have read the others previously, you'll certainly want to read them afterwards so you can discover in detail things that are hinted at and uncover the motivations and destinies of various characters.
Carlos Ruiz Zafon has a lovely writing style [and Lucia Graves must be praised for the excellent translation], very straightforward and naturalistic but able to convey a great deal of subtle emotion. His character building is excellent too, with Fermin being a particular favourite. I'd read Ruiz Zafon's other books just to learn more about Fermin but it would also be good to have more insight into Sempere Senior and in Bea, Daniel's wife. Both of these two do play a role in The Prisoner of Heaven but it seems like they have more going on, in the past if not in the present, than is discussed. Ruiz Zafon's good with the baddies too; the mind boggles at what Inspector Fumero gets up to in the previous books. The world of Sempere & Sons is one that could be visited again and again.