Monday, 10 January 2011

The Angel's Game

Closing my copy of Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Angel's Game, I was left wondering exactly what had happened at the end.  While I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and greatly admired the fluid, descriptive prose, I was left feeling as if I'd overlooked some vital details which would explain the final threads of the plot. 

If the main character's alibi couldn't be verified, why did the police officer help him to escape legal custody?  Who was Andreas Corelli; a scoundrel, an angel or a figment of David's (the main character) imagination?  Why was David drawn into the 'game' anyway?  Did Andreas really bestow immortality upon David, or was this some mad illusion caused by the brain tumour which Andreas had supposedly cured?  David, after all, was described latterly as wearing the angel pin on his lapel, just as Andreas had, and letters allegedly from Andreas were shown to have been written in David's hand.

This aside, it was a highly pleasurable read and I look forward to discovering more works by this author.

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