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De gevangene van de hemel / druk 1

De gevangene van de hemel / druk 1 - Carlos Ruiz Zafon AuthorCarlos Ruiz Zafón (born Barcelona, 25 September 1964) is a Spanish novelist who has lived in Los Angeles since 1993, where he spent a few years writing scripts whilst developing his career as a writer.[2]His first novel, El príncipe de la niebla (The Prince of Mist, 1993), earned the Edebé literary prize for young adult fiction. He is also the author of three more young adult novels, El palacio de la medianoche (1994), Las luces de septiembre (1995) and Marina (1999).In 2001 he published the novel La sombra del viento (The Shadow of the Wind), his first "adult" novel, which has sold millions of copies worldwide and more than a million copies in the UK alone. Since its publication, La sombra del viento has garnered critical acclaim around the world and has won many international awards. Ruiz Zafón's works have been published in 45 countries and have been translated into more than 30 languages. According to these figures, Ruiz Zafón is the most successful contemporary Spanish writer, along with Javier Sierra, whose works have been published in forty-two countries, and Juan Gómez-Jurado, whose works have been published in forty-one countries. For more information on the author and his books http://www.carlosruizzafon.co.uk/ReviewI was really looking forward to the third book in the Cemetery of Forgotten books. When I saw the book for the first time I was surprised by the number of pages... it was not big enough. I was happy to see some of the old characters back I love Fermín. After reading the first two books again I was happy to finally getting to the Prisoner of Heaven. Only 4 months after buying it. The story picks up a few months after the ending of The Shadow of the Wind. Everything seems to be back to normal although Fermín has lost some of his wit due to problems he is facing. The story he tells Daniel about his life is sad and you get angry and upset with it easily. I really liked to get more background story in Fermín even though the fact that Fumero was not more involved was surprising me it would have been nice to get a bit further back. What did really annoy me though was the fact that some of the pieces of the other books are contradicted in this book and there are to many holes left making me doubt the other stories. Further this book really felt like an in between. That book needed to place all the characters at a certain point in the series to be able to continue the story in the future. That will be the fourth and last book in this series and I do hope it will be as strong as The Shadow of the Wind again. Favorite Quotes:“Sometimes I think that Darwin made a mistake and that in fact man is descended from the pig, because eight out of every ten members of the human race are swine, and as crooked as a hog's tail.”“There are times and places where not to be anyone is more honorable than to be someone.” Teaser:"When he read the dedication he suddenly went pale and gulped. He closed his eyes for a moment and then looked at me without saying a word, seeming to have aged five years in as many seconds."