The Prisoner of Heaven

The Prisoner of Heaven

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 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: [New York] : HarperCollins, p2012
ISBN: 9780062209030
Branch Call Number: CD F RUI NVD
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (7 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Kenny, Peter (Peter Luke)

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Cdnbookworm Sep 16, 2012

We are transported back to Barcelona, moving between 1957 and 1939/40, this novel continues the story begun in the novel The Shadow of the Wind (read before I began blogging), and also brings characters from the novel The Angels Game (haven't read yet). Once again, as in The Shadow of the Wind, we have the main character Daniel Sempere telling us the story. Daniel is married to Bea now and has a young son. His friend Fermin Romero de Torres also plays a large role here, telling us of the events from the 1939/40 period, when Daniel was a small child and Fermin suffered a period of imprisonment. Fermin's difficult, almost fantastic, story includes that of a fellow prisoner, the writer David Martin, a friend of Daniel's mother Isabella. We learn part of Isabella's story here as well.
The past is brought forward by a strange visitor to the bookstore, who has Daniel conveying a message to Fermin, who opens up about his past and the connection to Daniel's family. This is a story of Spain under Franco, a story of friendship, jealousy and trust. Daniel's story moves forward, leaving us looking towards more story at the end, and yet developing his character and his relationship with his wife. We see how the past never truly lets go, influencing our lives and our relationships. I look forward to Daniel's further adventures in future novels.

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