Marina- A Book Review

In May 1980, fifteen-year-old Oscar Drai suddenly vanishes from his boarding school in the old quarter of Barcelona. For seven days and nights no one knows his whereabouts. . . .His story begins in the heart of old Barcelona, when he meets Marina and her father Germán Blau, a portrait painter. Marina takes Oscar to a cemetery to watch a macabre ritual that occurs on the fourth Sunday of each month. At 10 a.m. precisely a coach pulled by black horses appears. From it descends a woman dressed in black, her face shrouded, wearing gloves, holding a single rose. She walks over to a gravestone that bears no name, only the mysterious emblem of a black butterfly with open wings.When Oscar and Marina decide to follow her they begin a journey that will take them to the heights of a forgotten, post-war Barcelona, a world of aristocrats and actresses, inventors and tycoons; and a dark secret that lies waiting in the mysterious labyrinth beneath the city streets.


Format: Hardback

Publisher:<whoops! I forgot! It is in the library now, I’m afraid. though I have found a similar one, possibly mine.>Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Reprint(probably, original was published in 1999!): September 26th 2013

ISBN: 0297856472 (ISBN13: 9780297856474)


Let me start with a story. A story of a girl at a book store’s sale, at a mysterious(okay, not mysterious at all) section, holding up a book with a rose on the cover…
“Carlos Ruiz Zafón,” I mumbled,”where in hell have I heard this name before damn it.”(swear like a sailor, oh yes I do) Light bulb clicks, cogwheels turn. AHA! Author of The Shadow of the Wind! I furrowed my brows at the strange little book I was holding. The cover was pretty, alright, but I did not really get the plot. Strange… Ah well, might as well find it in the library!
Oh, I was glad I did. 

The Shadow of the Wind was on my to-read-list since GoodReads sent me a newsletter talking about it. I have the book stashed in my sister’s ever-growing-never-receding book box of to-read books. But I have not touched it. The Shadow of the Wind received rave reviews and it sounded so spectacular that Zafón’s name etched in my mind. So, seeing another of his works, though I did not recognise it immediately, I was pumped to try it before TSOTW(the shadow of the wind) to get a taste of his writing. I did not buy Marina, because, well, the plot was very strange and it did not interest me as much. Checking it out of a library instead was a much better choice, trust me.

Being an impulse book, which means I chose to read it or I had known about it in an abrupt moment, I had not done enough research to know what was awaiting me beneath the gothic cover. I had not known it was Sci-Fi-ish, or Horror or Thriller OR GORE, for the matter. I expected a Gothic novel about, maybe, the history of Barcelona?(okay, stupid.) Instead, I was presented with many deformed monsters or beasts which were actually made of wood, metal, and dead, mind you, human parts, and they could actually move. Not a nice surprise, sadly. It was really sudden, especially because of the serene Barcelona setting, which made all of it hard, very hard, to imagine in my head! My eyes soon skipped lazily off the words before I called it a day and continued the same part some other time. It was rather scary! The moving human things. Scared me off the toilets.

Though some parts were not very good, I especially LOVED the emotional parts of the story, the parts that will sink into you and rip your damn heart out at the end. Aye, Marina’s father, Germán is the most fatherly figure you will ever encounter in your reading life. Also, the main conflict of the summary I read, was about the boy disappearing? Yes? So I expected Oscar and Marina to follow that mysterious woman and disappear for 7 days. Didn’t happen. Though I was very happy with what truly happened in the explanation of those lost 7 days. It was actually the best part of the novel.

Most of my problems with this books lies with the sudden Sci-Fi-ish/Gory parts, but other than that, it succeeded to scare and touch at the same time!(strange right?) I absolutely adored the feeling parts of this book and I felt it was at its best at them. This book does succeed as a gothic novel doubtlessly. Overall, it was a fantastic read, sad as everything you cannot think of and just note: it contains Sci-Fi-ish/Gory parts which includes strange inventions of human body parts/modifications of dead human body parts, etcetera. And they can move. In scary ways like in The Exorcist or Sadako.(I do not know if I spelt Sadako correctly but I’m really afraid to Google it. It is basically the girl who calls people up and lives in a well, occasionally visiting you through your television set.)

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