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The Shadow of the Wind

Ruiz Zafón, Carlos (Book - 2004 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Barcelona, 1945#151;just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again. Daniel's father coaxes him to choose a volume from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves, one that, it is said, will have a special meaning for him. And Daniel so loves the novel he selects, The Shadow of the Wind by one Julian Carax, that he sets out to find the rest of Carax's work. To his shock, he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written. In fact, he may have the last one in existence. Before Daniel knows it his seemingly innocent quest has opened a door into one of Barcelona's darkest secrets, an epic story of murder, magic, madness and doomed love. And before long he realizes that if he doesn't find out the truth about Julian Carax, he and those closest to him will suffer horribly. As with all astounding novels, The Shadow of the Wind sends the mind groping for comparisons #151; T he Crimson Petal and the White ? The novels of Arturo Pérez-Reverte? Of Victor Hugo? Love in the Time of Cholera ?#151;but in the end, as with all astounding novels, no comparison can suffice. As one leading Spanish reviewer wrote, #147;The originality of Ruiz Zafón's voice is bombproof and displays a diabolical talent. The Shadow of the Wind announces a phenomenon in Spanish literature." An uncannily absorbing historical mystery, a heart-piercing romance, and a moving homage to the mystical power of books, The Shadow of the Wind is a triumph of the storyteller's art.
Authors: Ruiz Zafón, Carlos, 1964-
Title: The shadow of the wind
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2004
Characteristics: 486 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Carlos Ruiz Zafon ; translated by Lucia Graves
Additional Contributors: Graves, Lucia
ISBN: 9781594200106
1594200106
Branch Call Number: FICTION RUIZZAFON
Subject Headings: Young men Spain Barcelona Fiction Antiquarian booksellers Spain Barcelona Fiction Mothers and sons Spain Barcelona Fiction Widowers Spain Barcelona Fiction Books Spain Barcelona Fiction Rare books Spain Barcelona Fiction Barcelona (Spain) Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Young men
Antiquarian booksellers
Mothers and sons
Widowers
Books
Rare books
LCCN: 2003062376
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Barcelona, 1945--just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates hi... Read More »

A boy in mourning for his mother is introduced the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library of books waiting for someone to discover and care about them again.

A boy named Daniel selects a novel from a library of rare books, enjoying it so much that he searches for the rest of the author's works, only to discover that someone is destroying every book the author has ever written.

A boy named Daniel selects a novel from a library of rare books, enjoying it so much that he searches for the rest of the author's works, only to discover that someone is destroying every book the author has ever written.

Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dea... Read More »


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Mar 04, 2013
  • hmcgivney rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It took a little while for me to become invested, but then the book became all-consuming and I read the last 3/4 in a weekend. I was a bit frustrated with the overly complex plot and the way that the back story is revealed out of order, in bits and pieces. That said, it is very readable, and I loved the characters and the shadowy noir feel. Much of the language and imagery is quite beautiful, especially the idea that “Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”

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