The Shadow Of The Wind, Paperback book

The Shadow Of The Wind[Paperback]

by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

4.19 out of 5 (291 ratings)

Orion Publishing Co 
Publication Date:
05 October 2005 
Fiction In Translation 


A stunning literary thriller in the tradition of Umberto Eco. The discovery of a forgotten book leads to a hunt for an elusive author who may or may not still be alive...Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'cemetery of lost books', a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out 'La Sombra del Viento' by Julian Carax. But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find. Then, one night, as he is wandering the old streets once more, Daniel is approached by a figure who reminds him of a character from La Sombra del Viento, a character who turns out to be the devil. This man is tracking down every last copy of Carax's work in order to burn them. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to find out the truth behind the life and death of Julian Carax and to save those he left behind. A page-turning exploration of obsession in literature and love, and the places that obsession can lead.

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  • Thrilling,could not stop reading until the end.

    5.00 out of 5


  • If I could give this book 6 stars, I would gladly do so. I haven't enjoyed a book this much since I finished <i>the Thirteenth Tale</i> by Diane Setterfield. Both authors rely heavily on a gothic flavor, but each handle it in a different and unique way. <i>The Shadow of the Wind</i> is first and foremost a book about books; it opens with a journey to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. It is also a story about the love of books and how a book can take you on journeys that you never dreamed possible, if not in its own pages, than on the journey of discovering more about a book or its author. It is also parts literary mystery, murder mystery and love story; Zafon seamlessly weaves each of the threads of this novel into a tapestry, both beautiful and haunting in its telling.

    5.00 out of 5


  • If you enjoyed reading "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield you will enjoy reading this book. This book keeps you guessing at even the small things. The sub-plots were almost as interesting as the main plot.

    5.00 out of 5


  • I don't know how I missed reading this one when it originally came out. Apparently my husband or I heard something because upon inspecting my bookshelves, I found the paperback. I very rarely run across books that are like love letters to book lovers & voracious readers but I quite enjoy them. This may be one of the best of those I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I kept putting it down because I wanted to think about what I'd read & didn't want it to end. I dreamt about this story as I slept. I laughed out loud to certain passages, yelled at characters when they did things I knew were ill-fated & followed my husband around to read him excerpts. Halfway through, I went & ordered the prequel to this book The Angel's Game & have every intention of reading the sequel to this one. Suffice it to say, this book inhabited me on some deeper level than those I rip through on a regular basis. <br/><br/>The characters are wonderfully crafted & I will miss them. Often I was as surprised as Daniel by the turn of events & the mystery of Julian Carax couldn't unravel fast enough for me. I would have found it tedious if not for the fact that I was so enjoying the slow reveal & travelling with the characters as we went along. I won't give away any important plot points because it's something you have to experience for yourself but know this, it is worth the read.

    5.00 out of 5


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