The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón review – a colossal achievement

The final part of Zafón’s historical Spanish quartet The Cemetery of Forgotten Books is a giant, genre-crossing delight

Before starting the latest novel by the Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón, those who use books in the old-fashioned way might be wise to do some serious upper-arm work at the gym. Electronic readers should guard their clicking fingers against repetitive strain.

The 832-page book completes a quartet of novels – accumulating around 1,400 pages even before this instalment – that began with The Shadow of the Wind, a 15m-copy bestseller published in English in 2004, which was followed by The Angel’s Game (2009) and The Prisoner of Heaven (2013).

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