The Shadow of the Wind (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jan 25, 2005 - Fiction - 512 pages
87 Reviews
"Gabriel García Márquez 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 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.

“ 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


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a quick read as the plot clips along. - Goodreads
It is very good, complicated writing. - Goodreads
I enjoyed the ending to Shadow of the Wind, though. - Borders
The writing was gorgeous. - Goodreads
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The plot just ruined it all! - Goodreads

Review: The Shadow of the Wind (El cementerio de los libros olvidados #1)

User Review  - Diane - Goodreads

This novel started off very promising, but soon devolved into bad writing and ridiculous plotting. I finally had to abandon it after 200 pages because I didn't want to waste another minute on it. I'm ... Read full review

Review: The Shadow of the Wind (El cementerio de los libros olvidados #1)

User Review  - Sue - Goodreads

I really loved this book. It had elements of so many types of books rolled into one: it is an adventure; a paean to books and reading; a deep mystery while also a romance; it is a comic tragedy or a ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFÓN is one of the world’s most read and best-loved writers. His work has been translated into more than forty languages and published around the world, garnering numerous international prizes and reaching millions of readers. He divides his time between Barcelona and Los Angeles. He is the author of The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel's Game, The Prince of Mist, The Midnight Palace, and, most recently, The Prisoner of Heaven.

LUCIA GRAVES is the author and translator of many works and has overseen Spanish-language editions of the poetry of her father, Robert Graves.

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