2. en. 68 Books, authors and book reviews: “The Prince of Mist” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

San Jordi is approaching and you have been reading lots of books this year, haven’t you? Well, In English we have a bit of a problem to be able to read books that are not abridged, we can read excerpts but not long interesting novels as you do in Spanish or in Catalan. It  will take us a couple of years to be able to do it, but we’ll get to it, for sure!

You have already written a book report on The Snow Queen, by Christian Andersen, a story you read translated into Catalan. Today we are going to concentrate on the last book you read for your Spanish class, “The Prince of Mist”, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Instead of reading a review in English you will have to watch  four videos:

  1. A short promotional video of the book
  2. An interview with the author
  3. A review of the book by a young girl
  4. A review of the book by an older woman.

1. A short promotional video of the book

Does the video make you want to read the book?

2. An interview with the author. Listen to it and answer 26 questions

This is an interview with Carlos Garcia Zafon about his book “The Prince of Mist” that you have just read in your Spanish class.

The author, in perfect English -I bet you are surprised at how good he is- talks about his books and his work as a writer.

Watch the video and answer the following questions. In some cases you will need to answer full questions while in others, just complete the missing words.

  1. How many novels had he written before “The Prince of Mist” that had not been translated into English?
  1. The Prince of Mist is the 1st a sequence of young adult novels he wrote in the _______
  1. Complete the titles of the Trilogy: The Prince of Mist; The Palace of____________; The Lights of _______________
  2. He descibes these novels as : F____________ stories; G____________ M________________adventure
  3. Do these novels have the same characters?
  4. What do they have in common?
  5. When  was the Prince of Mist published  in English?
  6. Had the book been published when Zafon gave this interview?
  7. Zafón says that The Prince of Mist is a coming of age story, what does he mean?
  8. Where is the story set?
  9. Why is Max forced to move out of the city?
  10. Where do Max and his family move to?
  11. Who did the house belong to in the past?
  12. What is one of the themes of the novel?
  13. According to Zafón do teenagers accept the answers given by adults or do they neeed to figure out Anders by themselves?
  14. What is the moral of the story in the Prince of Mist?
  15. Where does Zafón write?
  16. In order to write Zafón needs to be connected or cut off from the World?
  17. What are the essential tools for a writer?
  18. Where did he get his inspiration from?
  19. What does he use his characters for?
  20. What do you think about his office, where he gives this interview?
  21. Is this video recorded in California or in Barcelona?
  22. Does the place seem as a “secluded cave”?
  23. Had you seen or listened toa n interview of Zafón before?
  24. Did you expect him to be like this when you read the book?

3.A review of the book by a young girl

  1. When did she get the book?
  2. What does she think of it?
  3. What part does she read in the video?
  4. Does she recommend it?
  5. Does she think it is scary?
  6. How many stars des she give the book?
  7. Post a comment to her and say whether you agree with her review?

4 A review of the book by an older woman.

  1. What does she complain about?
  2. Which currency is she talking about?
  3. Howmany pages does her book have?
  4. She says it is a hardcover, what is the name of the books that are not hardcover?
  5. Which ones are more expensive?
  6. What does she read in the video?
  7. She shows you the chaps headings, why?
  8. How long did it take her t oread the book?
  9. What does she think of the plot?
  10. How does she assess the book?
  11. Would she have liked the book to be longer or shorter?
  12. What does she miss in the book?
  13. What is her final mark for the book?
  14. Which review did you like best?
  15. Do you think it is a good idea to tape book reviews? Could you do one of one of the books you’ve read?

Homework: Answer the questions in your notebook  for Tuesday 8th of March and post at least one answer to the blog. Remember not to post an answer that has already been answered by a classmate unless you have something new to say.


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33 Respostes to “2. en. 68 Books, authors and book reviews: “The Prince of Mist” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón”

  1. margaabauza Says:

    1)Complete the titles of the Trilogy:
    The Prince of Mist; The Palace of midnight; The Lights of September.

  2. ariadnabalufo Says:

    Does the video make you want to read the book?
    Yes, very much.

  3. ariadnabalufo Says:

    1.The Prince of Mist is the 1st a sequence of young adult novels he wrote in the 1990

  4. martitaserra28 Says:

    1-Does the video make you want to read the book?
    Yes, I does.
    9-Why is Max forced to move out of the city?
    Because there was a war.

  5. paulinguigs Says:

    How many novels had he written before “The Prince of Mist” that had not been translated into English?

    There were published four books before translated in English.

  6. vidalandreu98 Says:

    Is this video recorded in California or in Barcelona? Were in California

  7. vidalsiquierj Says:

    Where is the story set?
    -In the city, in a beach, in a village, in a lighthouse, in a cementery and in a statue garden.

  8. vidalsiquierj Says:

    Does the video make you want to read the book?
    -Yes, the video makes the book very interesting.

  9. Joan Sebastià Says:

    Does the video make you want to read the book?
    Yes, I think the video explains very good the book

  10. marinaescarpa11 Says:

    9-Why is Max forced to move out of the city?
    *Because in that year was the Second World War.

  11. psocies Says:

    13.According to Zafón do teenagers accept the answers given by adults or do they neeed to figure out Anders by themselves?
    – They need to figure out by themselves.

  12. ariadnabalufo Says:

    Post a comment to her and say whether you agree with her review?
    – Yes, I agree with her review because both think that is a very good book.

  13. merysantos1998 Says:

    Yes, the video of The Prince of the Mist make me interest to read the book.

    22_ No, it doesn’t. The flat is like the others:normal, lit…

  14. paucampomar Says:

    María, I did not understand the videos

  15. silviamartinm Says:

    Does the video make you want to read the book?
    *Yes, it does.
    2) He descibes these novels as : Fantastic stories; Gothic Mystery adventure

  16. miquelbv9 Says:

    9.Why is Max forced to move out of the city?
    -Becouse in the city there was a war.

  17. miquelbv9 Says:

    Does the video make you want to read the book?
    Yes, It did.

  18. silviamartinm Says:

    Post a comment to her and say whether you agree with her review?
    I agree with her because it is a very good book.

  19. jhazminmarmol Says:

    10) Where do Max and his family move to?
    -His family move to a old house in the beach.

  20. ritish7580 Says:

    11. Who did the house belong to in the past?
    A doctor with a tragic story.

  21. andreafr98 Says:

    Does the video make you want to read the book?
    Yes, I thik that yes .

  22. andreafr98 Says:

    Sorry , correction :
    Does the video make you want to read the book?
    Yes, I think that yes .

  23. martitaserra28 Says:

    7-Post a comment to her and say whether you agree with her review? I agree with the girl because I give to the book 5 stars.

  24. alvaroalemany Says:

    9.- Why is Max forced to move out of the city?
    – Because in the big city, are a war and is dangerous.

  25. andreafr98 Says:

    I can’t see the videos.

    • jospomar Says:

      Post a comment to her and say whether you agree with her review?
      Because I recommend it and is a very good book

  26. jospomar Says:

    When did she get the book?
    For a present in crhistmas

  27. pausegui Says:

    3.How many pages does her book have?
    The book has approximately two hundret forty pages.

  28. vidalandreu98 Says:

    The girl who makes the book review stutters. I can hardly understand!

  29. vladis890 Says:

    8. How long did it take her to read the book?
    -To read the book it takes she about two-three hours.

  30. vladis890 Says:

    7. Post a comment to her and say whether you agree with her review?
    -I am agree with her review becouse the book is very interesting.

  31. sergiomr226 Says:

    Post a comment to her and say whether you agree with her review?
    – Yes, I am agree with her review because the book is very interesting and very good book.

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