Jul 29, Annalisa rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I was going to love this book. I needed a whole pad of post-its to mark quotes. I wanted to read this in Spanish for the rich poetry the language would add.
The book's story has many elements: It has a cool, mysterious sounding title so it must be good, right? Read on and find out. You'll also discover some of my favorite quotes from the book. Daniel, the son of a Barcelona book dealer, discovers a little known book called The Shadow of the Wind.
Entranced by the book's dark and tragic story, he tries to find other books written by its mysterious author, Julian Carax.
What he learns is that someone has been burning every copy of Carax's novels. Daniel may possess one of the last copies remaining. Daniel's efforts to protect the book and learn more about Carax lead him into a world of dark secrets, forbidden love and scars from Barcelona's troubled past during the Spanish Civil War and World War II.
A story is a letter the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise. The Shadow of the Wind is a fascinating story wrapped around a love letter to great literature. It's a book about a book and there's another book inside of it.
Along the way he praises classic books, the joy of reading and the value that books offer us. And it's a tribute to failed authors, many of the story's characters are failed or aspiring authors. The book is a tragic stew of love, obsession, pride, revenge, religion, friendship and remorse.
It's a harsh story and there's a lot of cruelty As a dad and husband, it was impossible for me to read some of the scenes without shaking my head and thinking, "how could someone ever treat their own family like that?
Is it a man made conspiracy? Something paranormal or supernatural? Or simply a tragic coincidence of events? Another similarity is the labyrinth of sub plots and old connections between characters. This city is a sorceress, you know, Daniel?
It gets under your skin and steals your soul without you knowing it. Writing Style Most of the book is a narrative told by Daniel. These passages are in italic so they're easy to identify.
I like that he wrote it this way because the interactions would have interrupted the story's flow. The book's translator, Lucia Graves, deserves credit for translating those words beautifully from the original Spanish.
After reading this novel, I feel like I know the city of Barcelona intimately although I've never been there. It's an intricate plot full of sub plots and interconnected characters that sucks you in to its world of tragic events. Lives with no meaning go straight past you, like trains that don't stop at your station.
Insight into a city and a part of history Spanish Civil War that I knew little about before reading this book. Rich and descriptive story telling. There are no second chances in life, except to feel remorse. My Rating of "The Shadow of the Wind" It's an excellent read that will gnaw at your consciousness until you finish it.
The story telling was rich and dark with layers of sub plots and mystery.Barcelona, A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax/5().
The Shadow of the Wind is a book about just such a book. It is also such a book in its own right. It is also such a book in its own right. Perhaps that was Zafon's intention - after all, every author must strive to make his work powerful, haunting, influential, important, beautiful - but the success here is even more striking because of the.
Oct 11, · This novel was ensorcelling on so many levels, and Ruiz Zafon's language kept me entranced. I found that I enjoyed this novel more than The Angel's Game, also by Ruiz Zafon, especially since Shadow of the Wind wasn't quite as dark (although both Reviews: 4. After reading The Shadow of the Wind, I was left with somewhat mixed feelings.
On the one hand, this is such a beautifully written book, and is in essence an ode to literature. On the other hand, there are some serious flaws which distracts from the whole experience. The best thing about the book, in my opinion, is Zafon's skill in artistic writing/5(K).
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón Weidenfeld & Nicolson £, pp Buried in the back streets of Barcelona lies the Cemetery of Lost Books - a mausoleum for out-of-print works. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, translated by Lucia Graves pp, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £ In an age of unrelenting austerity, any touch of luxury can stir the soul; a.