Sunday, 31 July 2016
The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Published in 1994. Translated by Lucia Graves.
This book is one of my WorldReads from Spain.
Where to buy this book:
Buy the book from Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk
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How I got this book:
Purchased a second-hand copy from Oxfam
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I didn't realise The Midnight Palace was a young adult title when I bought it. I loved Shadow of the Wind and was hoping for more of the same strong writing as I had encountered there. Midnight Palace does not have the beautiful poetic prose of Shadow Of The Wind as is far more concentrated on relaying action and suspense than on extended description. However, it does have good atmosphere with a strong sense of place, and is a gripping adventure story.
Set in 1930s Calcutta, the story follows the mysterious and magical adventures of teenager Ben and his friends as they leave the security of St Patrick's Orphanage where they have grown up. Zafon creates fabulous locations, especially the Palace itself which is actually a formerly fine and now disused railway station. I would recommend this to adults as a light fantasy thriller and a good holiday read.
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