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  • Title: The Shadow of the Wind
  • Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón Lucia Graves
  • ISBN: 9780143034902
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Paperback
  • The international literary sensation, about a boy s quest through the secrets and shadows of postwar Barcelona for a mysterious author whose book has proved as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget.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 canThe international literary sensation, about a boy s quest through the secrets and shadows of postwar Barcelona for a mysterious author whose book has proved as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget.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 P rez 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 Zaf n 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.
    The Shadow of the Wind The international literary sensation about a boy s quest through the secrets and shadows of postwar Barcelona for a mysterious author whose book has proved as dangerous to own as it is impossible to

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    1. There s probably nothing much I learned in the introspective sense, but this is a novel like a novel ought to be This is an epic film on paper, gloomy and engaging, smokey, noir with crumbling ruins, young love, disfigurment, lust, torturee stuff of Dumas, DuMauier and, as of late, The Historian I woke up at five a.m and had to sweet talk myself back to sleep all I wanted to do was read One Friday, after work, I took sanctuary in The Hotel Biron, those little tables in the dark, pages flickering [...]

    2. I read the opening few pages and instantly knew 3 things 1 I was going to love this book.2 I needed a whole pad of post its to mark quotes.3 I wanted to read this in Spanish for the rich poetry the language would add.A young boy Daniel is taken by his father to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and told to salvage a book which he must take stewardship over He choses a novel or maybe it chose him that touches him, stirs his desire for literature, and forever entangles him with the fate of the book [...]

    3. The fact is that I ll never be able to write a real review for this book Here is why 1 I m not good enough I m not now and I ll never be It doesn t matter how many books you have read or how smart you are, you ll never be good enough for that You won t be able to find exact words and it s not just you Only person who can is the author himself, but I think he already said everything he wanted Don t believe me Books are mirrors you only see in them what you already have inside you The moment you s [...]

    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 It reminds me of why I love to read in the first place, and makes me wish I could write as beautiful as this The book contains lots of memorable quotes [...]

    5. Welcome to The Cemetery of the Forgotten BooksChoose one book But be aware, you may get trapped into its pages, as The Shadow of the Wind As it unfolded, the structure of the story began to remind me of one of those Russian dolls that contain innumerable diminishing replicas of itself inside Step by step the narrative split into a thousand stories, as if it had entered a gallery of mirrors, its identity fragmented into endless reflections And for me, by the end.ter these long pages and stories w [...]

    6. Fourth reading May 7 17, 2017Of course I love this book soooo much It s my all time favorite This is the 4th year in a row I ve read it, and it never gets old If you haven t already read this at my suggestion, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR Third reading May 14 21, 2016Second reading May 23 25, 2015 Okay, I can confidently say, upon re reading this, that it is one of my all time favorite books It was just as surprising and enchanting and delightful as the first time I read it, if not so The writing i [...]

    7. It s been a couple years since I read this book so I shouldn t and won t go into details, but the effect has lingered all this time There s no other book I m quicker to recommend than this one It s not that it s particularly important in a lot of the ways important books are, it s just that it works as pure reading pleasure and sometimes, isn t that enough so I find reviews from people desperate to discover structural flaws and stylistic cliches to be totally missing the point Buy it new, breath [...]

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    9. I can t believe someone actually published this book Even worse, in my opinion is the fact that this book is on the New York Times Bestseller List How is this possible It must only mean that there are a lot of people out there that think very differently from me Don t you be one of them Seriously Don t be fooled by this book It is insipid, lame, and poorly written First The prose is so overblown that the author uses three adjectives for every single noun Count them He evidently was told that to [...]

    10. This is an excellent piece of literature It contains poetic storytelling, shocking twists, thoroughly developed characters, symbolism, humor, romance, betrayal, action, sentimentality, nostalgia, and much, much For book lovers it is perfect because it revolves around the mysteries of a little known author Julian Carax that the main protagonist, Daniel, stumbles across in a secret stash of literature called the Cemetery of Forgotten books From there it quickly develops into a fantastic story of [...]

    11. Hoy se celebra el 15 aniversario de la publicaci n de esta maravillosa obra de arte, que no me canso de recomendar Todav a recuerdo aquel amanecer en que mi padre me llev por primera vez a visitar el Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados.Porque cinco estrellas no me alcanzan para la constelaci n mayor que quiero armar en este firmamento digital, porque pase las cuatro de la ma ana devorando frases, p rrafos, paginas, hojas y cap tulos como un hombre que ha estado hambriento de arte por bastante tie [...]

    12. I found this novel by accident, while quickly browsing shelves at the local library, and let me just say it was the best accidental find i ve had in years From the very first line to the end i loved it, and as a reader i am not easily pleased by anything I love stories out of the ordinary that captivate my imagination and run away with it That is exactly what The Shadow of The Wind did.Right off the bat the plot intrigued me, Daniel Sempere is taken to the a secret labyrinth of forgotten books t [...]

    13. ALL THE STARS Welcome to The Cemetery of Forgotten Books Hauntingly beautiful Gothic atmospheric A book about the love of books.what could a reader ask for And the best part This book was never even on my radar until I heard someone talk about it by chance I was intrigued by what they said and bought it that same day Four days later I m sat dumbstruck, simultaneously satisfied and heartbroken Thus, I come to you half a year later that s right, it took me half a year to get here BUT worry not fo [...]

    14. 2 2.5 stars Look, it s not my thing to mince my words, so I ll give you my opinion and ultimately, you ll decide what to make of it anyway as far as I m concerned, The Shadow of the Wind is overrated and, to say the truth, a bit of a smokescreen Despite its obvious qualities, I have to admit that I m a little baffled of its status given that all the flaws, if found in some random YA book, would be called out without any doubt Caricatures as characters, from Daniel the Romantic whose constant whi [...]

    15. Trying too hard I wonder if I hadn t read this right after Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell if I would have liked it better They were both trying to pay homage to the gothic Romantic era writers, except that Strange and Norrell was brilliant, and this one was eh I appreciated what the author was trying to do, but he didn t do it well enough to keep me reading Yes, Romantic lit is full of cliche, but the thing is to do it in an intriguing way and with enough wit to keep your audience interested Th [...]

    16. After finishing this book, I was totally blown away by the number of GR friends who already read it It was really the greatest thrill At last, yes, at last It was finito What a read it was Honestly, I thought it was never going to end, that the saga beginning in 1945, after the Civil War in Spain, was just too dragging and too detailed for my sensitive soul Emotionally I shut down around the halfway mark, hanging onto the picturesque, descriptive prose for dear life, sensing a light at the end o [...]

    17. Books are mirrors you only see in them what you already have inside you Well, I wonder then what part of me I saw inside this book a book I adored despite its imperfections, despite its frequent veering into melodrama, despite or maybe because of its densely Gothic atmosphere Whatever it was, it was enough to make me lose myself completely in the rich setting of mid 20th century Barcelona, in the world of seductive dangerous power of literature and perils and passions of young love, and the cont [...]

    18. Here is one for those of us who absolutely adore great literature It is almost as though The Shadow of the Wind was written for book lovers everywhere An adrenaline laced, pulse pounding, suspense filled, dark and romantic, gothic adventure, peopled with brilliantly developed, colourful, charismatic and ultimately,unforgetable characters It really should come with a warning as it will keep you reading late into the night and long after you should have put it down Fantastic A must read folks Make [...]

    19. Dire The writing is along Dan Brown lines, with flowery metaphors mixed until they become meaningless From page 1 My father sighed, hiding behind the sad smile that followed him like a shadow all through his life How can he be hiding behind it if it s following him Then on the next page someone is described as having vulturine features , but in the following sentence he has an aquiline gaze This sloppiness is everywhere.The whole thing feels like it desperately wants be seen as some kind of prof [...]

    20. Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it In post Spanish civil war Barcelona, 10 year old birthday boy, Daniel Sempere is taken by his father to a top secret, labyrinthine library called The Cemetery of Forgotten Books and is asked to select whichever one of the dusty publications calls out to him from an exhaustive succession of shelves.He chooses an obscure novel, The Shadow of the Wind by the e [...]

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    22. DNF d on page 221In theory, I should have loved this book Structurally and plot wise it reads sort of like a Spanish version of The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, but I just didn t connect with this story or the writing Since I was still curious to see how the book ends, I read the plot summary on I know, I m terrible and after doing that I m glad I decided to stop reading The book certainly goes in a direction that I didn t see coming, but I don t think it would be worth slogging through another 200 [...]

    23. This book SEEMED like it was going to be so good a dark mystery set in post war Barcelona, with tragic love and a place called The Cemetary of Forgotton Books what s not to love To be honest, I m not a fan of tragic love, but everything else at least seemed great But while I was vaguely curious to see how everything pieced together, I didn t like or care about any of the characters, and dialogue like Sometimes I no longer know who you are, kept me at a distance The book never went beyond just se [...]

    24. Where do I begin This is by far my favourite book of the year so far and I have already bought the second in the series so I can quench my obsession with Carlos Ruiz Zafon s gorgeous writing.The story begins in Barcelona just after the Spanish Civil War, a young boy named Daniel lives alone with his Father and helps run the family bookshop One day Daniel s Father takes him to a place knows as The Cemetery of Forgotten Books a labyrinthine place completely packed with beautiful and rare books Dan [...]

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