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“I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time… ”
Carlos Ruiz Zafon – The Shadow of the Wind

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The Shadow of the Wind is a novel about books. A tale of the love of books and stories. This is a book for book lovers. It is rich, complex, magical and decadently Gothic. There are stories within stories, mysteries to unfold, twists to unravel; all intricately woven and told in Carlos Ruis Zafon’s lush, beautiful prose. From the opening pages, I was drawn in and cast under its spell.

Barcelona, 1945—A great world city lies shrouded in secrets after the war, and a boy mourning the loss of his mother finds solace in his love for an extraordinary book called The Shadow of the Wind, by an author named Julian Carax. When the boy searches for Carax’s other books, it begins to dawn on him, to his horror, that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book the man has ever written. Soon the boy realizes that The Shadow of the Wind is as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget, for the mystery of its author’s identity holds the key to an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love that someone will go to any lengths to keep secret.

“This is a story about books. About accursed books, about the man who wrote them, about a character who broke out of the pages of a novel so that he could burn it, about a betrayal and a lost friendship. It’s a story of love, of hatred, and of the dreams that live in the shadow of the wind.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafon – The Shadow of the Wind

I cannot even begin to say how much I loved this book and how highly I recommend it. It is certainly among my top favorites now, and, at the moment, has ruined me for all other books.

Since finishing it on Saturday, I have missed it immensely. It captured my imagination and my heart with warm, lovable characters. I laughed and I cried. I fell in love. I anxiously held my breath. It had everything from mystery, suspense, terror, humor, romance, doomed love and tragedy. It was a heart warming and heart wrenching tale that ended all to soon.

“I barricaded myself in my room to read the first few lines. Before I knew what was happening, I had fallen right into it. The minutes and hours glided by as in a dream. When the cathedral bells tolled midnight, I barley heard them. Under the warm light cast by the reading lamp, I was plunged into a new world of images and sensations, peopled by characters who seemed as real to me as my room. Page after page I let the spell of the story and its world take me over, until the breath of dawn touched my window and my tired eyes slid over the last page. I lay in the bluish half-light with the book on my chest and listened to the murmur of the sleeping city. My eyes began to close, but I resisted. I did not want to lose the story’s spell or bid farewell to its characters yet.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafon – The Shadow of the Wind

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