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The Shadow of the Wind

Ruiz Zafón, Carlos (Book - 2004 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Shadow of the Wind

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Make this your next book club selection and everyone saves. Get 15% off when you order 5 or more of this title for your book club. Simply enter the coupon code ZAFONSHADOW at checkout. This offer does not apply to eBook purchases. This offer applies to only one downloadable audio per purchase. 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 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 -- The Crimson Petal and the White ? The novels of Arturo Pérez-Reverte? Of Victor Hugo? Love in the Time of Cholera ?--but in the end, as with all astounding novels, no comparison can suffice. As one leading Spanish reviewer wrote, "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
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  • 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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