by BooDaDay on April 5, 2007I picked this book up after having watched and loved the Roman Polanski, Johnny Depp film "The Ninth Gate". I had adored the film and found the novel upon which it had been based to vastly surpass it in almost every capacity. Perez-Reverte's style delivers the enfolded and overt action of the story with enthralling clarity as well as a most unusual wit. His execution of the Lovecratian book as the focus of his own book added another level of relation between character and reader nearly giving the feeling of involvement in the events. The mystery aspects of the story are exquisitely veiled leaving the reader pressing ahead anxious to unravel the secret, and even in light of having seen the film was still left in the dark until the very end, the movie being only a fraction of the novels plot with selected elements transferred over. Out of my growing library of literature new and old this is one of the most highly recommended of the lot.
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