The Prisoner of Heaven

The Prisoner of Heaven

A Novel

Book - 2012
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The Prisoner of Heaven returns to the world of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere & Sons bookshop, where Daniel, and his old friend Fermin Romero de Torres, are tending shop. Daniel is now married with a son, and FermÍn is soon to follow. Both men lead relatively happy and quiet lives. Enter an enigmatic visitor--a grim old man with a piercing gaze--who inquires about Fermin's whereabouts. When told he is not in, the old man proceeds to buy the most expensive item in the store, a first edition of The Count of Monte Cristo, adds a dedication and leaves it as a present for FermÍn. When Daniel reveals the details of this unsettling encounter to his friend, FermÍn reads the dedication, turns pale, and at Daniel's insistence, decides to open up about a past that has come back to haunt him -- a story that will leave Daniel questioning his very existence.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers, 2012
Edition: Hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781443413794
Branch Call Number: F RUI NVD
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Graves, Lucia

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AL_HANNAH Aug 21, 2017

Beauty and darkness turn this into a literary wonder!

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empbee
Jan 26, 2015

Excellent, like the first of the three. I love his humour. Easy and captivating read.

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fraukejohn
Jan 04, 2015

This book is as well written and as riveting as "Shadow of the Wind". Sadly the author appears to drop the ball towards the end and simply leaves the reader with too many loose ends.

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lizzyb90
Aug 22, 2014

Wonderful book. Lots of mystery if you like The Count of Monte Cristo you will love this book. I'm usually a slow reader and don't get sucked into books but I couldn't put this book down

hania4987 Jul 21, 2014

"The Prisoner" is an astonishingly quick read. You can't linger -- and you really don't want to -- on any passages. The whole story feels rushed, sloppy and INCOMPLETE. I was expecting something much more engaging.

“I've always thought that anyone who needs to join a herd so badly must be a bit of a sheep himself.”

“A madman is one who considers himself sane and thinks that fools don’t belong in his rank.”
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Prisoner of Heaven

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Nagl
Jun 30, 2013

This is the third book in the
"Shadow of the Wind" series.
while I enjoyed the book and the writing I don't think it is nearly as great as the original book. It gives a lot of backstory on the character Fermin.
You also get a great feel for Barcelona during and after WWII.

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reedame
Apr 16, 2013

Very intriguing although the ending left me hanging with a lot of questions. I wonder whether there is a sequel coming.

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EmilyEm
Oct 24, 2012

Threads of the past float through all the Ruiz books and this one is no different. [I wish I?d reviewed those books? summaries.] This one moves between the repressionist 1940s and 1957 in Barcelona. Daniel Sempere tells this part of the story, but it is the book when we?ll get to know his enigmatic friend Fermin Romero de Torres. That was good.

A mystery runs through this book, at times frightening in it capacity to send both these men to seek revenge. And, like all books in this series, the author lays out where the next book may go. My only complaint: The Cemetery of Lost Books had only a very small part.

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blolo
Sep 10, 2012

Of the three novels in the "cemetery of lost books" series, this is the weakest, imo.

there isn't much in the way of plot.... it is basically a memoir of Fermin and it helps fill in some gaps, to tie the first two novels together a little more. In other carlos ruiz zafron novels, I feel like there is a little "gem" on every page; a quotation that makes me laugh or a clever insight, expressed perfectly. This novel had far fewer "gems". It also lacked the gothic, mysterious atmosphere of the other books.

Although it is better than a lot of the fare out there right now, it isn't to the same standard of the other novels. Disappointing.

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beanieboy
Aug 15, 2012

Another exciting book by Zafon but leaves the reader hanging and his last book will not come out for another 3 years.

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