review

The Labyrinth of Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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(Not sure how to do accent over letters in the post title, apologies 😦 )

I love Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s books. I love the world of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. I was so excited when I found out about this one. I requested it on Netgalley straight away. But then I seen that Waterstones were selling signed copies 🙂 So I had to get one!

I’ve had this copy since November and I finished it the beginning of this month. Partly because it’s such a massive tome (I love big books) but also because I wanted to savour it. Netgalley must get tired of waiting for reviews from me (I’m not sure they are waiting really). It’s signed! It’s a gorgeous book with red pages and where the book is divided into parts there are pictures:

 

My thoughts

I always enjoy books by this author. This was no exception. The Labyrinth of Spirits starts in the first person viewpoint of our old friend Daniel who featured in the other books. His story continues but we also learn Alicia’s story and there are many stories woven into this book, so many threads of pasts and people come together, like many links on the spider’s web that make up one amazing story. We are back with our old friends from the previous books and the stories told in them are elaborated and concluded in this huge novel.

So how can I put into words how wonderful this book is?

It’s violent, beautiful, dark, intense, scary. There was a character who chilled me! As only real people and not fantastical monsters can! I  wonder how much of this is based on fact, the truth is always a lot more scarier than the fiction.

Reading this book you feel as though you are actually there, it’s a immense sense of place. The style is mesmerising, riveting and the writing is poetic:

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The best way to describe how beautiful the writing is would be to use a quote from this book:

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This is true of this book and is how I felt reading it.

 

I love it! It’s made me want to reread all the other books in the series. You don’t really need to read these books in any particular order,  (had a perfect quote from the author about that I since can’t find!) But this might suffice:

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I hope that this I’ve managed to explain my feelings about this book. I urge you to read it. Or maybe start with something smaller and try one of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s other books, you can find more about them here.

This is one of those books that I wanted to write down so many quotes,(I really need to start doing that.) in my laziness I took pictures instead:

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A quote for writers
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About destiny/life

What more can I say? Have you read any books by this author? If you’ve written a review please leave your link in the comments below, share your favourite quotes.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

 

9 thoughts on “The Labyrinth of Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon”

  1. I have a copy of this waiting to be read (and reviewed!) I’d toyed with the idea of re-reading the others (well at least Shadow…) first as it’s so long since I’ve read them but that quote has made me want to leap into this and then I can go back to the others as and when! Also – your signed copy is lovely 😍

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  2. I’ve only just discovered this author. I recently read Prisoner of Heaven, which I enjoyed, despite it being rather violent for my taste (and which says in the front that the books don’t need to be read in any order.) I plan to read the others.

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