We may not brush our hair, change out of our pajamas, or sit down at the dining table, but we always make time to read.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The Prisoner of Heaven - Carlos Ruiz Zafon (The Cemetery of Lost Books #3)
I cannot say enough good things about the first book in this trilogy, The Shadow of the Wind. When I read that book years ago, it was a perfect reminder to me of why I absolutely love reading - it transported me to this other place, with rich characters (who also loved books). It was scary and exciting and beautifully written (yes, I realize I was reading a translation). And, since then, I have been excited to read anything by CRZ that I can get my hands on. The second in the series, The Angel's Game was not as amazing - mostly because my expectations were so high, but I appreciated the continuation of the story. Now it's been years since I read either one - and I can't remember the plot or the characters, only my excitement - and so reading this third one was almost like starting over. The books don't have to be read in any particular order (and CRZ makes a specific note to this effect at the beginning of this book). The Prisoner of Heaven is set in 1957 Barcelona and focuses on the friendship of a bookstore owner's son (Daniel Sempere) and his assistant (Fermin Romero de Torres). When a mysterious stranger visits the shop, the two men are thrust back a decade to the Franco dictatorship, and a prison in which unmentionable horrors are visited upon the inmates. This book has the same creepiness factor as the two prior ones, and I enjoyed both the 1957 "present day" story, as well as the 1940s flashbacks (which is unusual for me - usually when books do this I wish they'd just stick to one story). Wonderfully written, dramatic, and intriguing. I've falled in love with CRZ all over again.