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The Midnight Palace

por Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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When a mysterious threat reenters the lives of twins Ben and Sheere, separated as babies and reunited as teenagers in 1930s Calcutta, the siblings must confront an unspeakable terror, with the help of their secret society of fellow orphans.
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I am extremely conflicted about this book. On one hand, I found the story really original and unique, blessed with a great setting and Ruiz Zafón's usual breathtaking prose. On the other hand, however, I just could not shake the feeling that the whole thing was just a bit too rushed to satisfy me.

The suspense and mystery were constructed very well, with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end. The way it was delivered, however, really disappointed me, mainly because the solution to every enigma came from very long scenes of character speech rather than action. To me, this just seemed a bit too convenient and really not as engaging as it could have been. For the rest, I had the same problem with this novel as with The Prince of Mist: sometimes, I just could not understand why certain things were happening, and I was left slightly confused and wondering just what the characters' reasoning behind some of their choices was.

As for the characters, I really liked the kids. The members of the Chowbar Society were everything I would expect from children of their age, each with their own set of talents and peculiarities that made them unique. The only thing is I would have liked to see them more developed, both as individual characters and in relation to each other as a group. The adults in this book, instead, were markedly absent, coming in only to provide the explanations necessary to keep the story going, which would really bother me if this weren't a YA novel where children are typically the main focus of the story. As for the villan, he was creepy in all the right moments and, although he too lacked some depth and the story of his origin left me with more questions than it answered, he performed his role incredibly well.

Overall, this was a rather enjoyable read. It's a good story, with enough mystery and suspense to keep you going until the end. If, unlike me, you're not too bothered by the fact that not everything is explained, you'll probably love it. If not, I think it's still worth reading, if only for the author's beautiful writing style.

You can read this review and more on my blog. ( )
  bookforthought | Nov 7, 2023 |
Di Carlos Ruiz Zafon avevo letto “Il gioco dell’angelo” e rivedendo la recensione mi era piaciuto. Ed avevo iniziato questo libro, “Il palazzo della mezzanotte” con un certo entusiasmo, la trama descritta sul retro mi aveva intrigato, una sorta di giallo nei bassifondi di Calcutta, immaginavo un romanzo semplice ed avvincente. Non sono in un grande momento di lettura, ma oggettivamente questo libro mi ha veramente annoiato, mi è sembrata una di quelle cose scritte tanto per scrivere, inutilmente melenso, non sono riuscito neanche a seguire bene la trama. L’ho terminato per orgoglio, ma con grande difficoltà, più volte sono stato tentato abbandonarlo. ( )
  grandeghi | Aug 28, 2023 |
Ambientada en la Calcuta de los anos treinta, El Palacio de la Medianoche comienza una noche oscura en la que un teniente ingles lucha por salvar las vidas de dos niños de una amenaza impensable. A pesar de las insoportables lluvias del monzón y el terror que lo asedia en cada esquina, el joven británico logra ponerlos a salvo, pero no sin perder su propia vida...
Años mas tarde, cuando los dos niños, Ben y Sheere, están en víspera de celebrar su decimosexto cumpleaños, la amenaza reaparece en sus vidas y esta vez no los dejara escapar tan fácilmente. Con la ayuda de sus valientes amigos, los dos hermanos deberán desafiar el terror que los acecha en las sombras de la noche y enfrentarse al enigma mas aterrador de la historia de la ciudad de los palacios.
  Natt90 | Jan 8, 2023 |
I liked it, but the fantasy element was not well done. It remained foggy and unclear, and at times a little unnecessary. The writing was beautiful, though. ( )
  mariu911 | Sep 6, 2021 |
Yikes! I started listening to the audiobook and I couldn't grab onto what I was hearing. The unfamiliar names and locations were making it difficult for me to absorb the story. I got a copy of the physical book and started re-reading with google maps open and a pen and paper. Now I will continue with the audiobook in hopes that I can follow along better.
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Audiobook has some nice ominous music at appropriate times.
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I think if you are going to list street names-- For example "Chandra Chatterghee's house stood on a quiet street that led from Jatindra Mohan Avenue to Acharya Prafulla Road, about a kilometer and a half north of the Midnight Palace." then you should include a map.
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I have a CD and half to go and I'm quitting. A couple big things happened in the beginning... babies were saved, their savior was murdered by a guy who took a bullet to the head and survived then the rest of the book was explaining. Stuff didn't really happen anymore. It was like book 3 of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. All talk of who did what and how. Then we get to the grandmother and she was lying. So all the explaining she gave, she had to undo and give us some other versions to follow. I listened for the rest of the car ride home. Came and looked on here to see if the other bad reviews were saying the same things and made it official. I'm done with this book and the author. (I wasn't a big fan of Shadow of the Wind)
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I think the narrator did a great job (Jonathan Davis) and I liked the sound effects on the audiobook. DNF ( )
  Corinne2020 | Aug 21, 2021 |
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There's a lot to like about this novel. It's fast-moving and never hesitates, and it quickly sketches the eight young people who inhabit its pages as quirky and likeable individuals, from the taciturn artist, Michael, to the fiery and intelligent Isobel. It's also a story about stories: tales from the past are woven into the narrative in an elegant way, with the whole book framed by the narrative of the last surviving member of the group.

The book is not without its flaws, however, containing some simple contradictions that can be an irritation to the reader: to give an example, one moment we're told that Ben and Sheere are worried when they learn that Jawahal has penetrated their father's secret house, while a few pages later, they settle down to sleep in that house, safe in the knowledge that "if . . . Jawahal had been able to get in, he would have done so already".

Despite this, however, The Midnight Palace is an enjoyable novel, with a wonderfully sinister villain, plucky and resourceful heroes and some visually arresting imagery, most notably in the depiction of the Firebird, a deadly weapon whose fire engulfs a phantom train of murdered orphans.
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Graves, LuciaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Grüneisen, LisaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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