Monday, December 31, 2012

The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Zafon’s third novel, The Prisoner of Heaven, is a far simpler tale than his first two, likely in response to criticism of his second book, The Angel’s Game. The Prisoner of Heaven tells us the story of Fermin’s incarceration and a manuscript written by a mysterious prisoner, David Martin.

I’d not recommend this one unless you are already trapped in the delightful labyrinth of Zafon’s Barcelona, and the multi-generational epic of the Cemetery of Forgotten books, and the various boys and men who grow up wrapped in it’s mysteries. If, on the other hand, you’d love one last visit to Siempre and Son’s bookstore, and a bit more gothic mystery and romance, The Prisoner of Heaven is a treat. 

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