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Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Author). More than anything else, I love the tone, the sense of mystery and days long past that shrouds the books of Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Author). The words of his stories surround the reader with sepia tones, slightly blurry while lovely images, and the faintest background music of sad, romantic waltzes. Just opening one of his books takes me to worlds I’ve never seen, worlds that may never have existed – except in the longings of his characters.

Translated by Lucia Graves. Also By Carlos Ruiz Zafón. A note from the author. Dear Reader, I’ve always believed that all writers, whether they will admit it or not, have a few favourites among their published books

Translated by Lucia Graves. Dear Reader, I’ve always believed that all writers, whether they will admit it or not, have a few favourites among their published books. These preferences are seldom related to the intrinsic literary value of the work or the success it might have achieved, if any. The naked truth is, one just tends to feel closer to some of one’s offspring than to others. Of all the books I’ve published ever since I picked up this odd business of the novelist trade back in prehistoric 1992, Marina remains one of my favourites.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon's "Marina" has something for everyone. It's part gothic horror, part mystery, part historical fiction, part love story. Or perhaps that Zafon's labour of love was translated by someone else, rather than the author himself made it lose a little of its impact.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Spanish pronunciation: ; born 25 September 1964) is a Spanish novelist. Ruiz Zafón was born in the city of Barcelona. Growing up in Spain, he began his working life by making money in advertising. His grandparents had worked in a factory and his father sold insurance. In the 1990s Ruiz Zafón moved to Los Angeles where he worked briefly in screen writing. He is fluent in English.

Marina - Carlos Ruiz Zafòn. Grandes Esperanzas- Charles Dickens. Un mundo sin fin - Ken Follett. Marina - Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

Гость Сергей Полунин.

Alannahbee: 'Marina is one of those books that are meant to be devoured in one sitting'. With flowing prose and a story-line that would entice any historical fiction enthusiast, Marina is a fine piece of well-crafted, intriguing, chilling literature. The story is narrated by fifteen-year-old Oscar Drai, a boarding school student who appears to be unravelling in his very own exponential crisis.

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Marina takes Oscar to a cemetery to watch a macabre ritual that occurs on the fourth Sunday of each month.

From the author of the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind, comes a riveting new masterpiece about love, literature, and betrayal. In this powerful, labyrinthian thriller, David Martín is a pulp fiction writer struggling to stay afloat. Once again, Ruiz Zafón takes us into a dark, gothic Barcelona and creates a breathtaking tale of intrigue, romance, and tragedy. 5 041. Published: 2008. The Prisoner of Heaven. Marina takes Oscar to a cemetery to watch a macabre ritual that occurs on the fourth Sunday of each month. precisely a coach pulled by black horses appears.

Cuando Óscar desaparece de repente, nadie sabe de el por siete días y siete noches. Cuando Óscar desaparece de repente, nadie sabe de el por siete días y siete noches. En la Barcelona de 1980 Óscar Drai sueña despierto, deslumbrado por los palacetes modernistas cercanos al internado en el que estudia. En una de sus escapadas conoce a Marina, una chica delicada de salud. Ella lo lleva a un cementerio donde juntos son testigos de un macabro ritual que sucede el último domingo de cada mes sin falta.

While exploring Barcelona, boarding school student Oscar Drai meets Marina, who takes him to a secret graveyard, where they see a woman in black lay a rose on a gravestone and follow her into a world of forgotten secrets.
  • Uafrmaine
I received this book for free from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers Program in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

What I liked:
According to Amazon, this book has been a "cult classic" in Spain (looks like it was published there back in 1999) and I can see why. I will say that I've yet to read anything else by Zafón and now I'm almost afraid to because I worry it won't live up to my extreme love for this book. I have a lot of thoughts on this book, so pardon me if my review is less than coherent.

I was instantly absorbed into the plot and the "old quarter" of Spain that Zafón presents in this book. It's set in the 80's, but in my mind I was immersed in the architecture and gothic touches of the late 1800s. Zafón does an excellent job of describing the old buildings with just enough detail, yet I was free to add in my own touches. I really ran with the gothic theme and I was loving what I was seeing in my head. When I was about a third of the way through this book, I had the idea that it should be a video game - and I mean this as a compliment. I feel the atmosphere Zafón created is perfectly suited to a sort of mystery/adventure/puzzle game - maybe even something like Heavy Rain, where your actions can affect the entire outcome of the game. I just desperately wanted to see the entire world in some sort of animated graphics - I wanted to creep around corners with Oscar, break into crumbling old buildings, and run from the monsters he fought.

I don't want to say too much about the story, because I think you should just read this book yourself. But Oscar and Marina discover a photo album that leads them on a dark adventure. They meet several people who are enmeshed in this old tale and as they speak to each person, the story becomes more layered. It was interesting to try and figure out who was telling the truth, or maybe whose perspective on past events was more accurate.

There was a bit of a horror aspect to this story, but not in a gorey sense. But Zafón did create some...monsters that made my skin crawl a little. Again, I really don't want to reveal too much, but I enjoyed the villain's slow descent into madness and the horror that he became. I also appreciated that the romance in this novel was very downplayed. I am guessing this book is being marketed as Young Adult, due to the fact that the back cover says ages 12+. There was a relationship between Oscar and Marina but it felt so normal to me - it didn't seem forced for the sake of having some romance - and it certainly wasn't the highlight of the book.

I also appreciated Oscar's character flaws. He's not incredibly self confident, and at one point admits to Marina that he's not quite sure where he's going in life or what he wants to do - that really resonated with me, personally. He made mistakes in this book and sometimes his actions led them into deeper trouble. Oscar and Maria often don't know what they're up against or what move to make next.


Honestly, I don't have anything negative to say about this book. I flew through it and was left wanting more of Oscar's world. This book made me curious, excited, creeped out and sad - a lovely little emotional rollercoaster! I would recommend it to anyone who likes YA, or adult, gothic fiction or mystery. It didn't change my life, but it was an excellent first impression for Zafón and his prose was a treat to read.

I changed my mind - even if you're not a fan of YA/adult gothic fiction/mystery, just read this book!
  • Worla
Some aspects of the book sound a bit as though written fo young people or young adults. There seem to be elements of science fiction which bordered on an attempt at Frankenstein type of creations without the Shelley skill at producing horror.
  • JoldGold
First of all, a warning: do not read this book when it's nighttime and you're alone in the house. I made that mistake and spent the rest of the night on edge, genuinely unsettled by the vivid, borderline horrific imagery that Carlos Ruiz Zafon interweaves into MARINA, his latest novel to be published in English.

MARINA was originally published in 1999 in Spain; it's taken the successful English translation of several of Zafon's other novels for teens and adults to bring this one to English-speaking readers, and it's about time, too. MARINA is romantic, atmospheric and steeped in the history and ambience of Barcelona. And did I mention that it's also more than a little terrifying?

Oscar attends boarding school in Barcelona, but school and studying are barely of interest to him. Instead, he lives for the hours of free time each day when he is able to wander and explore the city he loves: "During those long walks I felt an exhilarating sense of freedom. My imagination would take wing and soar high above the buildings. For a few hours the streets of Barcelona, the boarding school, and my gloomy room on the fourth floor seemed to vanish." Oscar's story is set in the late 1970s, a time at which, according to Oscar, "Barcelona was a mirage of avenues and winding alleys where one could easily travel thirty or forty years into the past by just stepping into the foyer of a grand old building or walking into a café."

This malleability of time and space comes to life in Oscar's story. On one of those solitary reveries through the city, he happens upon a crumbling mansion. After following a mysterious singing voice, he discovers what appears to be a solid gold watch with an evocative inscription. Without thinking, he takes it with him. Consumed by guilt over his inadvertent theft, he returns to the scene of the crime, where he encounters a fragile, alluring young woman named Marina, and her father German, to whom the watch belongs.

Oscar and Marina begin an intense friendship; he accompanies her on her investigations of a mysterious woman who visits the local graveyard, and soon he is even more embroiled than Marina is in this peculiar mystery. As Oscar delves deeper into the mysteries of the past, he is dogged by creatures out of nightmare and by the stench of death. What secrets do Marina and German --- and perhaps the entire city of Barcelona ---hold? What is Oscar's role in a drama that has been playing out for decades?

The macabre, almost surrealist imagery with which Ruiz Zafon infuses his novel, as well as its nested narratives, reminded me a bit of the film Pan’s Labyrinth. MARINA will appeal to readers who like their historical fiction flavored with more than a hint of horror. Eerie or not, MARINA is also a compelling introduction to the sights and sounds, the history and lore of Barcelona, which rightly plays a starring role in this absorbing tale.

Reviewed by Norah Piehl.