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Sombra do Vento, A (original 2001; edition 2001)

by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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Title:Sombra do Vento, A
Authors:Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (2001)

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    The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (phoenix7g, orange_epsilon)
    orange_epsilon: Prequel to The Shadow of the Wind set in Barcelona in the 1920s and 1930s. If you enjoyed the first one, you should give this one a try.
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: Although they have very different settings (1950s Spain in Shadow of the Wind and modern San Francisco in Mr. Penumbra's), these adventure stories, with underpinnings of romance, offer unique perspectives on the role of books and reading in our lives.… (more)
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Each character, however minor, has a story. Each setting, however fleeting, must be described in intricate detail. Each street and intersection must be named. Each blow-hard bit player must blather on and on and on. I suppose your patience with this sort of business determines, at least somewhat, your feelings about the novel. For a good third of the book, I was fearful the whole thing would read like the first third, and it almost did. Acknowledged that part of my problem with it is the simple fact that it's a coming-of-age novel, which I tend to have little use for any more (besides, I'm still in recovery from The [stinking] Goldfinch). But this was a recommendation, after all, and I had to finish it to give an accounting. Under any other circumstances I'd have quit on it a long time ago. Confess to some skimming--a disagreeable alternative to my normal preference for just stopping. My rating is what it is because in the final quarter of the book, following the murder of a significant character, the narrative actually focuses and tells its tale. While not enough to redeem the meandrous and self-indulgent bulk of the novel, it is a good story (finally, and briefly) well told, though many of its revelations were telegraphed earlier. Was so sure this book would be so much better... ( )
1 vote beaujoe | Jun 24, 2015 |
Wanted to like it. Couldn't finish it. ( )
  madamepince | Jun 22, 2015 |
This is by far one of the best book's published in this era. Zafon carefully walks readers through the parallel lives of Daniel Sempere and Julian Carax, and how Sempere is determined to risk almost everything to uncover the real life of his favorite author. Zafon is an expert at creating larger than life characters who are still completely realistic - as highlighted in "the man with the name of a bullfighter" Fermín Romero de Torres.

The book is steeped in lyricism and poetry without coming across as heavy-handed. Zafon could have certainly made the book shorter to get to the point of the mystery of Carax and his supporting cast, but the plot takes a backseat to how the book is constructed. Zafon takes time to explain the characters' motivations and individual histories.

The Shadow of the Wind is a must read for anyone who appreciates carefully constructed contemporary literature. ( )
  acgallegos91 | Jun 18, 2015 |
Excellent literary mystery-with-a-mystery, set in Barcelona during the 1920s & 1950s. The hook for me is that it's a book about a book. The sense of place is very strong, & the plot keeps thickening throughout. Interesting characters as well. ( )
  mfdavis | May 20, 2015 |
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2461993.html

I read this at the same time as Jar City, by Arnaldur Indriðason. They actually have some elements in common - both are about untangling decades-old family secrets, involving sex, violence and intellectual endeavour. In The Shadow of the Wind, the intellectual endeavour is literature, and how a writer and his works became erased and maimed by love, religion, the Spanish civil war and the Franco regime. It's a much better book than Jar City, tracing family histories through generations, with recurrent themes of locked rooms and hidden knowledge, which is not always as good to find as you may think. Ruiz Zafón somehow catches the mood of Barcelona at different times in the twentieth century very well, particularly the stifling ideology of the Franco period. One point that is a little surprising is that the Catalan language is nowhere mentioned, though almost all the characters (one notable exception being the psychopathic police officer) have obviously Catalan names. I wonder if the author felt he needed to finesse that point for his Spanish audience? ( )
  nwhyte | May 16, 2015 |
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It's lowdown and lazy, but here goes: ''Gabriel García Márquez meets Umberto Eco meets Jorge Luis Borges'' for a sprawling magic show, exasperatingly tricky and mostly wonderful, by the Spanish novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafón. The three illustrious meeters must surely have been drinking and they weave about a little, but steady remarkably as the pages go by.
 
The Shadow of the Wind is a dream date for those who love books.... For fans of Jorge Luis Borges, Umberto Eco and other writers who craft twisting and turning plots with complex characterization, The Shadow of the Wind is not to be missed.
 

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Geel, NellekeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Graves, LuciaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Härkönen, TarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Joan Ramón Planas,
who deserves better
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I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time.
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Sometimes what matters isn't what one gives but what one gives up.

Paris requires more than two days. It won't listen to reason.

Age — the price we all must pay.

Army, Marriage, the Church, and Banking: the Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse.
"Every book, every volume you see here has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it."
His mouth was glued to a half-smoked cigar that seemed to grow out of his mustache. It was hard to tell whether he was asleep or awake, because he breathed like most people snore.
When a library disappears, or a book shop closes down, when a book is consigned to oblivion, those of us who know this place, its guardians, make sure that it gets here. In this place, books no longer remembered by anyone, books that are lost in time, live forever, waiting for the day when they will reach a new reader's hands. In the shop we buy and sell them, but in truth books have no owner. Every book you see here has been someone's best friend. Now they have only us, Daniel.
"[W]e exist as long as somebody remembers us."
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"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 boy named Daniel selects a novel from a library of rare books, enjoying it so much that he searches for the rest of the author's works, only to discover that someone is destroying every book the author has ever written.

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