Thursday, April 23, 2009

What a Wonderful Way to Celebrate!

Summary: “The whole of Barcelona stretched out at my feet and I wanted to believe that, when I opened those windows, its streets would whisper stories to me, secrets I could capture on paper and narrate to whomever cared to listen . . .”

In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martín, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city’s underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner.

Like a slow poison, the history of the place seeps into his bones as he struggles with an impossible love. Close to despair, David receives a letter from a reclusive French editor, Andreas Corelli, who makes him the offer of a lifetime. He is to write a book unlike anything that has ever existed—a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, and perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realizes that there is a connection between his haunting book and the shadows that surround his home.
Once again, Zafón takes us into a dark, gothic universe first seen in the Shadow of the Wind and creates a breathtaking adventure of intrigue, romance, and tragedy. Through a dizzingly constructed labyrinth of secrets, the magic of books, passion, and friendship blend into a masterful story. -- Doubleday

Last week, I received a most wonderful surprise -- an ARC of THE ANGEL'S GAME by Carlos Ruiz Zafan. I absolutely adored THE SHADOW OF THE WIND and can't wait to read the new book. But what was really special was the little card that came inside the book. Here's what it said:

La Diada de Sant Jordi, the great National Feast Day in Catalonia, is celebrated by giving a rose and a book to a loved one. Also know as St. George's Day around the world and celebrated on April 23, this feast day has been declared the International Day of the Book.

Please accept this book, The Angel's Game, as a gift from Doubleday and Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

So Happy La Diada de Sant Jordi! How are you going to celebrate?

9 comments:

Nicole said...

I never heard of that. It's wonderful! Maybe I'll stop at the bookstore after work and pick up some new books for the kids!

Molly said...

That is lovely!

I have not yet read The Shadow of the Wind, but I have heard glowing reviews and it is sitting on my bookshelf patiently waiting for its turn.

I am anxious to hear your review of this new novel.

bermudaonion said...

The date snuck up on me! I think I'll send my sister an amazon gift certificate to celebrate.

Karlie said...

I loved Shadow of the Wind. I can't wait to read this one.

underthecoversandreading said...

I got this one too! I'm thrilled to know you liked Shadow of the Window since I haven't read it yet. I thought the inclusion of the card was brilliant. :)

Lauren said...

I'm so envious! I absolutely ADORED "Shadow of the Wind" when it came out - it's one of my top 10 books of all time. I cannot wait to get my hands on "The Angels Game!" I've been waiting fair too long. Let us know how it is!!

carolsnotebook said...

What a neat idea. Thanks for sharing.

softdrink said...

Awesome! (Both that you got this book, and the way that they sent it.)

Marg said...

I am so jealous! I can't wait to see what people think of this as I loved The Shadow of the Wind