Archive for June 2010
Set in the 1920’s of Barcelona, this is the story of a young writer (David Martin) who fears that he has sold his soul to the devil, or at the very least, has made a pact with him. The story is wonderfully descriptive and flows well, and even though it is translated from Spanish, there doesn’t seem to be much lost in the translation process. There are links in the book to the Shadow of the Wind, also written by the same author; the Sempere and Sons book shop and the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for example. David is a lost soul himself, in love with Christina who can never be his, and living in a derelict house which carries many secrets of the plot that unfolds. I found this dark, thrilling novel hard to put down. I was intrigued about whether the darkness of this book was in fact within David’s head and then how one goes about trying to overcome such a complex existence.