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The Shadow of the Wind

A book by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

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  • Jun 28, 2010
A contemporary novel in the style of romantic classics. Amazing.
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review by . September 17, 2010
Dateline Barcelona 1945 shortly after WW II, location - a dingy, obscure side street north of the Mediterranean and just a block from the well known Rambla. Daniel Sempere is allowed to peek through the stacks of a very mysterious library that his father, himself an antiquarian book dealer, calls "The Cemetery of Forgotten Books". His father gives Daniel the cryptic directions,      "According to tradition, the first time someone visits this place, he must choose …
review by . June 16, 2010
Shadow of the Wind, written by Ruiz Zafon is by and large the surprise book of the decade for me. I am by no means a reader, I don't even like to read (to be honest), but when I do read I really get lost in the book. Shadow of the Wind (SOTW) is a book I not only got lost in but anticipated getting lost in every time I picked it up. I loved it. I do NOT want to give away anything in SOTW but I will say that it is  must read if you like adventure and mystery (and want to pretend you speak …
review by . June 15, 2010
   I picked up Shadow of the Wind one day because it was a highlighted book on the Chicago Public Library website and it sounded promising. I knew nothing of the author Carlos Ruiz Zafon nor any of his novels, but I must confess, almost anything with Spain as the setting will always at least get a second glance from me. I had no idea I was in for such a thrilling,  heart-breaking and suspenseful ride!     The story centers around Daniel and his father …
review by . June 15, 2010
From the first few pages, I was doubtful. Was this a book to instantly grab my attention? Would I need to have the book pry ed from my hands? No.. well not at first. I think it took me 3 times to read through the first chapter, but after I did, I was along for the ride. And what a ride. Twists and turns, in this Gothic novel. A novel about a lover of books, about long lost loves, with an ending that laid to rest my fears that I would be disappointed. This novel was written at a perfect pace, starting …
review by . November 26, 2010
From the first chapter when the Cemetery of Forgotten Books was mentioned, I knew that this would be an amazing read. Everything that you could want in a novel is here in The Shadow of the Wind--mystery, romance, lost love, humor, war, and hate. It's all in this stunning book, full of eccentric, unique, and entertaining characters, along with a brooding and atmospheric setting. It's phenomenal, and completely unforgettable. You won't regret buying this book.
review by . July 06, 2010
Carlos Ruiz Zafron takes the reader through the twisted old streets of Barcelona. His captivating language shows a young boy on the journey of his life through his finding a Cemetery of Lost Books. Upon selecting a curious title, his life is transformed into a mysterious search through the most intriguing places in Spain.       Once you pick up this book, there will be no putting it down. A quick and easy read - I recommend reading it in Spanish (of Castilian) …
review by . July 07, 2010
This is a different kind of a book.  Set in Barcelona, it is the story of Daniel and his first visit to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.  Brought there by his father - a bookseller, he is allowed to choose one book to take with him.  The book he chooses, or the book that has chosen him, is The Shadow Of The Wind.   Carlos Ruiz Zafon is a master storyteller, telling a story of books.  There is war, love, romance, mystery and magic in this tale.    Daniel …
review by . November 11, 2009
A gripping Spanish thriller by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
“The Shadow of the Wind,” written by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and translated from the Spanish by Lucia Graves, is a gothic mystery and “coming-of-age” novel about young Daniel Sempere set in Barcelona in 1945. It also is the name of a long forgotten novel by the mysterious Julián Carax that Daniel finds when his father takes him to the “Cemetery of Forgotten Books.” It’s a book within a book, because as Daniel’s compulsive investigation into …
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
I love this book! It definately held my interest through all it's twists and turns.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
I can live without it!
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Ruiz Zafón's novel, a bestseller in his native Spain, takes the satanic touches from Angel Heart and stirs them into a bookish intrigue à la Foucault's Pendulum. The time is the 1950s; the place, Barcelona. Daniel Sempere, the son of a widowed bookstore owner, is 10 when he discovers a novel, The Shadow of the Wind, by Julián Carax. The novel is rare, the author obscure, and rumors tell of a horribly disfigured man who has been burning every copy he can find of Carax's novels. The man calls himself Laín Coubert-the name of the devil in one of Carax's novels. As he grows up, Daniel's fascination with the mysterious Carax links him to a blind femme fatale with a "porcelain gaze," Clara Barceló; another fan, a leftist jack-of-all-trades, Fermín Romero de Torres; his best friend's sister, the delectable Beatriz Aguilar; and, as he begins investigating the life and death of Carax, a cast of characters with secrets to hide. Officially, Carax's dead body was dumped in an alley in 1936. But discrepancies in this story surface. Meanwhile, Daniel and Fermín are being harried by a sadistic policeman, Carax's childhood friend. As Daniel's quest continues, frightening parallels between his own life and Carax's begin to emerge. Ruiz Zafón strives for a literary tone, and no scene goes by without its complement of florid, cute and inexact similes and metaphors (snow is "God's ...
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ISBN-10: 0143034901
ISBN-13: 978-0143034902
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Penguin
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