The Shadow Of The Wind

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Orion, Apr 16, 2009 - Fiction - 512 pages
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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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Beautiful writing, great plot. - LibraryThing
Kid gets the girl, bad guy dies, horrible plot. - LibraryThing
A beautiful, poetic, yet dark, love story. - LibraryThing
I was a little disappointed by the ending. - LibraryThing
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READ IN DUTCH What a wonderful story it was! How I enjoyed reading it. (I feel a little bit ashamed to confess that this particular book has been on my to read list for years and has even been on my ... Read full review

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Catching up on old reviews. I loved this and have given it to more people than almost any other single book. I need to reread it before I read the second one in the series. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Carlos Ruiz Zafn is the author of six novels, including the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind, and The Angel's Game. His work has been published in more than forty different languages, and honoured with numerous international awards. He divides his time between Barcelona, Spain, and Los Angeles, California.

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