The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

I bought this book for $1 from the ongoing used book sale at the library in my old neighbourhood. I really miss having a local library, but given that my to-be-read pile already contains a year’s worth of books, perhaps it’s for the best right now. I chose this book because it got a good mention from a friend on Facebook and that alone is worth $1.

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

How could a book lover not be drawn in by that opening line? This is a book about books – a luscious, fantastical and full story about how books make us feel when we love them. How the passions within mirror our passions for reading about them, how they give us worlds to live in that are more interesting than the ones we just left, how simply having the book on our shelf creates excitement and anticipation for a better life.

Reading for those who love reading, a book for those who love books. Atmosphere, suspense, romance, literaria, this novel has it all … and perhaps too much. The suspense gets greater, the atmosphere gets thicker, the romance gets hotter, the literary pleasures keep piling up on top of each other, but the ending just can’t keep up. It starts to fall apart when the unnecessary subplot of Julián and Penelope being brother and sister is introduced, but the momentum of the beginning will bring you through it until you arrive, pleased overall, at the last page.

 

Summary:

Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals from its war wounds, 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 Julián 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.

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