The Shadow Of The Wind

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Orion, Apr 16, 2009 - Fiction - 512 pages
96 Reviews

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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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
And the plot was very intricate. - Goodreads
The plot just ruined it all! - Goodreads

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User Review  - PiperUp - LibraryThing

I had extremely high expectations for this book since so many people speak so highly of it. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. It just didn't grab me or touch me in the way that it has so many others ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kaya - Goodreads

"Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you." This book is extraordinary. The writing is impeccable and it's so easy to empathize with the characters. The setting is ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Carlos Ruiz Zafón 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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