The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind

Book - 2004
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"Gabriel Garc#65533;a M#65533;rquez meets Umberto Eco meets Jorge Luis Borges for a sprawling magic show." -- The New York Times Book Review

A New York Times Bestseller

Barcelona, 1945: 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 Juli#65533;n Carax. But when he sets out to find the author's other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax's books in existence. Soon Daniel's seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona's darkest secrets--an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

" Anyone who enjoys novels that are scary, erotic, touching, tragic and thrilling should rush right out to the nearest bookstore and pick up The Shadow of the Wind. Really, you should." -- Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

" Wonderous... masterful... The Shadow of the Wind is ultimately a love letter to literature , intended for readers as passionate about storytelling as its young hero." -- Entertainment Weekly (Editor's Choice)

"One gorgeous read." --Stephen King
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2004.
ISBN: 9780143034902
0143034901
9781594200106
1594200106
Characteristics: 486 p. ;,24 cm.

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peacebenow
Sep 17, 2017

Once I got started, I could barely put this book down let alone go to sleep when the hour became late. Writing exquisite, full of life, vivid descriptions, well developed characters, intrigue... The story of Daniel, Julien, Fermin and many more as they discover mysteries of the past/present. A book within a book!

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wyenotgo
Aug 16, 2017

If I could give this one ten stars, I would do so.
An early quote: " -- read the first few lines and before I knew what was happening, I had fallen right into it."
That's exactly what happened to me ....
This book is so many things: A murder mystery; a paean to a time and place; a coming-of-age story; and a literary masterpiece. The twists and turns of plot are mind-bending; I would defy anyone reading the first 100 pages to come close to predicting where the story will lead. Zafón has crafted some of the most compelling characters I've encountered for a long time, including Fumero, surely the most convincing of villains.
Definitely in the same league with Les misérables or A Tale of Two Cities in its power and scope. And the best novel I've read in many years.

AL_LAURA Jul 30, 2017

A cemetery of books. A twisting city. An obscure author. All shrouded in a mystery that a young man is desperate to solve, even with danger at every turn. One of my favorite books this year.

AL_JENNY Jun 15, 2017

Set in Barcelona in the early part of the 20th century, this novel crosses generations to deliver an elegant and witty tale of revenge, murder, mystery and above all love.

charmaine_library Apr 11, 2017

One of my all-time favorite works, this novel is written beautifully, and captivates the reader right from the very beginning. I am eagerly anticipating his next novel, (and the conclusion to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series), The Labyrinth of Spirits (English translation) in 2018.

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theresa_34
Sep 27, 2016

This was a beautifully written book and well worth the read. I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars because I felt the narration broke down toward the end.

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AL_SUSANA
Aug 30, 2016

A gorgeously-written story set in early 20th-century Barcelona and filled with lovable characters. I wanted to climb inside this book and live in its world of literature, history, romance and mysterious, magical shadows. I can't wait to read Zafon's other novels!

AL_TATYANA Aug 30, 2016

It's been a couple of years since I read this book but I sill remember the effect it made on me - beautiful, mystic, mesmerizing, epic.
Definitely belongs to Magical Realism.

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travelerinspace
Aug 16, 2016

Definitely a must read! A romance mystery that has become one of my favorite novels instantly. I highly recommend this page turner. I was on the edge of my seat all time time.

AL_HANNAH Aug 03, 2016

I was truly amazed by the flow and beautiful language used throughout, to make this powerful story!

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ilovhorses
Jan 26, 2013

A young boy is shown a secret sanctuary for forgotten books by his father. He finds a captivating book that he cannot put down. Once finished he is determined to read other books the author has written. But someone is burning every book he ever wrote. Daniel is determined to uncover the mystery behind the book and sets off on a journey that will bring new friends, danger, romance and adventure. Join Daniel as he discovers what really happened to Julian Carax.

notTom Dec 16, 2010

In a Barcelona that is still recovering from the Spanish Civil War, a boy named Daniel becomes entranced by a book named The Shadow of the Wind written by an obscure author named Julian Carax. However, as he rabidly searches for more of his books, he comes to discover that someone is systematically destroying every book written by Carax. The identity of this mysterious author lies at the heart of a tale filled with such intrigue, murder, heartbreak, and madness. Daniel realizes that someone is willing to go to any lengths to keep it hidden, and he is prepared to go to the same lengths to uncover the truth.

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sharonseguin
Apr 10, 2010

Young man taken to tomb of books which holds 1 copy of every book - story follows - translated from Spanish

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nadian May 05, 2009

Sexual Content: Few descriptions of sexual scenes and some sexual language.

nadian May 05, 2009

Coarse Language: Brief moments of adult language.

nadian May 05, 2009

Violence: Many graphic descriptions of torture, violence and death.

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AL_TATYANA Aug 30, 2016

There are so many things in this book I would like to remember, like this one for e.g. " Books are mirrors - you only see in them what you already have inside you."

SB2000 May 10, 2013

There are worse prisons than words Daniel

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lisahiggs
Mar 23, 2011

I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time.

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nadian May 05, 2009

nadian thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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