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El laberinto de los espíritus by Carlos Ruiz Zafón Review

Title: El laberinto de los espíritus

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón

First published November 17, 2016

928 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 9788408163381 (ISBN10: 8408163388)

Rating: 4.52


“The Labyrinth of the Spirits” marks the epic finale of the “Cemetery of Forgotten Books” saga that began in 2001 with “The Shadow of the Wind,” continued in 2008 with “The Angel’s Game,” and in 2011 with “The Prisoner of Heaven.” Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s masterful storytelling has elevated this series to the status of contemporary classics, making it one of the most captivating literary universes of the new century. With more than 38 million copies sold worldwide, Zafón has solidified his place as the most widely read Spanish author since Cervantes.

Get ready for an unforgettable journey through the winding streets of Barcelona and the intricate labyrinths of the human heart in this thrilling conclusion.

About the Author

Carlos Ruiz Zafón was a novelist hailing from Spain. He was born in Barcelona in 1964 and later moved to Los Angeles in 1994.

Besides writing novels, he was also a scriptwriter.

Zafón’s debut novel, The Prince of Mist (El príncipe de la niebla) was awarded the Edebé literary prize for young adult fiction in 1993. He went on to write three more young-adult novels: Midnight Palace (El palacio de la medianoche) in 1994, (1995), and (1999).

In 2001, Zafón published his first adult novel, which has sold millions of copies across the globe. It has earned critical acclaim and received numerous international awards since then.

Zafón’s works have been published in over 40 countries and translated into more than 30 languages.

Editoral Review

Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s El laberinto de los espíritus is a captivating and intricately woven masterpiece that will leave readers spellbound. A master of the gothic genre, Zafón has once again created a world of mystery, intrigue, and suspense that is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Set in the early years of Franco’s regime in post-Civil War Spain, the novel follows the story of Alicia Gris, a young girl who is abandoned by her parents and taken in by her uncle, Ismael. Growing up in the shadow of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Alicia becomes obsessed with the story of the Sempere family and their connection to the mysterious and dangerous books that are hidden in the labyrinthine depths of the cemetery.

As Alicia grows older, she becomes more determined than ever to uncover the secrets of the Sempere family and the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. But as she delves deeper into the labyrinth, she discovers that the truth is far more complex and dangerous than she ever could have imagined.

El laberinto de los espíritus is a beautifully written novel that is steeped in historical and cultural significance. Zafón expertly captures the atmosphere of post-Civil War Spain, with its political turmoil, social unrest, and cultural upheaval.

He also weaves in elements of gothic horror, mystery, and suspense to create a truly unique and unforgettable reading experience.

One of the greatest strengths of El laberinto de los espíritus is its complex and multi-dimensional characters. From the enigmatic and charismatic Fermin Romero de Torres to the brave and determined Alicia Gris, each character is fully fleshed out and given the space to grow and develop throughout the novel.

Zafón’s writing is also a standout feature of the book. His prose is rich and evocative, with a lyrical quality that is both haunting and beautiful.

He has a gift for creating vivid and memorable imagery that transports the reader to another time and place.

The pacing of the novel is also expertly crafted, with just the right amount of tension and suspense to keep readers hooked from beginning to end. The plot structure is complex and intricate, with multiple storylines and subplots that are seamlessly interwoven to create a cohesive and satisfying whole.

Despite its many strengths, El laberinto de los espíritus does have a few flaws. At times, the novel can feel overly complex and convoluted, with too many characters and plotlines to keep track of.

Additionally, some readers may find the ending to be somewhat unsatisfying, with loose ends left untied and questions left unanswered.

Overall, El laberinto de los espíritus is a stunning and captivating novel that is sure to delight fans of gothic horror, mystery, and suspense. With its expertly crafted characters, richly detailed setting, and haunting prose, this is a book that will stay with readers long after they have turned the final page.

Highly recommended. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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