The Prisoner Of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

75%

11 Critic Reviews

Zafón’s voice is still extremely likeable, and he gets off his share of snappy lines; every character actor in Hollywood would probably seize on at least one of these characters as written with him in mind.
-AV Club

Synopsis

Once again, internationally acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author Carlos Ruiz Zafón creates a rich, labyrinthine tale of love, literature, passion, and revenge, set in a dark, gothic Barcelona, in which the heroes of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game must contend with a nemesis that threatens to destroy them.

“Gabriel García Márquez meets Umberto Eco meets Jorge Luis Borges for a sprawling magic show." —New York Times Book Review on Shadow of the Wind

 

About Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón es uno de los autores más leídos y reconocidos en todo el mundo. Inicia su carrera literaria en 1993 con El Príncipe de la Niebla, a la que siguen El Palacio de la Medianoche, Las Luces de Septiembre (reunidos en el volumen La Trilogía de la Niebla) y Marina. En 2001 se publica su primera novela para adultos, La Sombra del Viento, que pronto se transforma en un fenómeno literario internacional. Con El Juego del Ángel vuelve al universo del Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados, que sigue creciendo con El Prisionero del Cielo. Sus obras han sido traducidas a más de cincuenta lenguas y han conquistado numerosos premios y millones de lectores en los cinco continentes.
 
Published July 10, 2012 by Harper. 289 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Prisoner Of Heaven
All: 11 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent
Jul 15 2012

Readers are likely to get a kick out of this improbable, oddly entertaining allegory.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Stephanie Merritt on Jul 07 2012

By ending on a cliffhanger, he is paying homage to the Victorian serialised novel, but it does leave the reader somewhat frustrated.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Steven Poole on Jun 28 2012

Like his countryman Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Zafón combines sincere engagement with genre tradition, with clever touches of the literary postmodern.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Leslie Wright on Aug 22 2012

This is an enthralling read and a must-have for your library. Zafon focusses on the emotion of the reader and doesn’t let go.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Gabriel Constans on Jul 10 2012

The Prisoner of Heaven is a killer. The story has heart, menace, torture, kindness, cruelty, sacrifice, honor, and a deep devotion to what makes humans tick. Nothing is out of bounds and no emotion is left hidden...

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Roz Shea on Jul 13 2012

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.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Yvonne Zipp

Full of stylish writing, Gothic atmosphere and love letters to 19th-century novels

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AV Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Phil Dyess-Nugent on Aug 06 2012

Zafón’s voice is still extremely likeable, and he gets off his share of snappy lines; every character actor in Hollywood would probably seize on at least one of these characters as written with him in mind.

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The Rumpus

Excellent
Reviewed by Leigh Cuen on Aug 02 2012

Reading it reminds us how the temptation to worship words can become, just as Zafón’s characters reveal, the most noble and dangerous of sins.

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The Book Smugglers

Below average
Reviewed by Ana on Jul 23 2012

The Prisoner of Heaven reads like a filler novella. It is short, its narrative is full of shortcuts, it is nowhere near as well executed as The Shadow of the Wind

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Crimepieces

Below average
Reviewed by Sarah on Jul 15 2012

I haven’t given up on this writer but hope that the next book will be more complete in its entirety.

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