- Gebundene Ausgabe: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: HarperCollins Publishers (3. Juli 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1443413798
- ISBN-13: 978-1443413794
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,9 x 2,5 x 23,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 816.391 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Prisoner Of Heaven (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 3. Juli 2012
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Zafon combines sincere engagement with genre tradition, with clever touches of the literary post-modern....This is explicitly, and joyously, a book about books, about what can be learned from them , and what is lost when they are lost. (Steven Poole THE GUARDIAN)
The Prisoner of Heaven is the third part of the story and, like the first, is narrated by Daniel Sempere. But it too contains stories within stories, and the real narrative here belings to the irrpressible Fermin Romero de Torress...Zafon's characters and dialogue are as lively and full-blooded as ever. (Stephanie Merritt THE OBSERVER)
Written with his characteristic exuberance, this wonderfully atmospheric, historical mystery is an adventure story of the highest class - fast paced and stylishly written. (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)
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If you haven't read any of Zafon's books I would suggest starting with The Shadow of the Wind,which is one of my all time favorite novels. Each book is beautifully written, full of twists and turns and surprises, some humor as well is insights into the human condition. A highly recommended series.
"Prisoner..." provides additional backstory for Fermín and David Martín, gives us a glimpse into the married life of Daniel and Bea, and provides insight into the nagging question from "Angel's..." - is The Boss supernatural, or did Martín descend into madness? (Although there still appears to be some hedging on the subject.) It also introduces a new potential villain, the whiff of a plot centered on Daniel and his wife, and draws a connection between him and Martín.
Given the open-endedness of "Angel's..." all of this is welcome, but it is also frustrating. There is little depth here - the book reads at a much quicker pace than the others - new plot elements are left unresolved, and the author's usually beautiful and deeply evocative prose is largely replaced by much more straightforward writing. On the whole, "Prisoner..." feels like the first half of a Zafón novel or as if he has perhaps grown tired of these characters and whipped off a not-quite-completed coda for "Shadow..." and "Angel's..."
On the other hand, I'm glad I read it for the resolution it provided. The writing pales in comparison to the first two books, and the plot was far less compelling or involving, but interestingly, I found that it helped me appreciate "Angel's..." more, as it framed the role of that book in the arc of stories the author has built so far. Hopefully, the next book that orbits The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, if there is one, will be a more worthy successor to "Shadow of the Wind".
(NOTE: If Amazon would allow half stars, I would give this three-and-a-half.)
The focus of this story is less on the Sempere family and more on the experiences of Fermin - of his time in prison and his life immeadiatley prior to his employment by the Sempere's. While Fermin's journey is interesting, it lacked the beauty of _Shadow of the Wind_ and the bitter-sweet power of _The Angels' Game_. I was also frustrated by a number of plot developments. The City of Forgotten Books is included here almost as an afterthought (when it had played such a prominent place in the previous novels.) This was surprising. So too, was the way in which David Martin was written; admittedly we see this character through the eyes of others, but he is largely shown to be a man losing his mind rahter than someone tortured (and inspired) by a mysterious benefactor and muse. Zafon also removed much of the mystery from the death of Isabella, which to me was a let-down; I much preferred the way it was shown in _The Angel's Game._ Finally, I was most disappointed by the lack of catharsis he provided. Without providing too much detail lest I spoil the story, Daniel's discovery in the concluding pages of the book left too many unanswered questions for the clear resolution I was hoping for.
Zafon is a magnificent writer, and his translator must also be given kudos for a remarkable job for giving such fluidity and vividness to his stories. I did enjoy _The Prisoner of Heaven_, but it is lack luster compared to his earlier stories. Nonetheless, I do recommend all three of his books - they are worthwhile reads.