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The Shadow of the Wind (original 2002; edition 2005)

by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Lucia Graves (Translator)

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Title:The Shadow of the Wind
Authors:Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Other authors:Lucia Graves (Translator)
Info:Penguin Books (2005), Paperback, 487 pages
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Rating:****
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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (2002)

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set in Barcelona, 1945 — after Civil War.
loved language w/ elements — copper rain
P. 182 — my doubts but a breeze/storm raging inside me
Julian — Jean Val Jean — Fumero searching — Victor Hugo's pen
Las Ramblas — Old Town — Cemetery of Forgotten Books
Enjoyed mystery of streets / houses we just visited in Barcelona

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.
  christinejoseph | Jul 7, 2017 |
This was a slow read for me and not as engaging as I would have liked it to be. The book has a map at the end of streets and sights referenced, which I found myself ignoring entirely. I enjoy more rich descriptions of areas by authors rather than reliance on places that actually exist and readers can reference on their own. The story itself unravels in the last hundred or so pages and was a pleasant enough read. ( )
  niquetteb | Jul 6, 2017 |
Review forthcoming... wew, great bit of story telling there! ( )
  kephradyx | Jun 20, 2017 |
Sometimes I really was bored and disliked this book, and sometimes it improved to kind of tolerable. I wonder if the translator was responsible.
20,524 members; 4.12 average rating; 4/13/2017 ( )
  mainrun | Jun 19, 2017 |
[From the book]:

The man called Isaac nodded and invited us in. A blue-tinted gloom obscured the sinuous contours of a marble staircase and a gallery of frescoes peopled with angels and fabulous creatures. We followed our host through a palatial corridor and arrived at a sprawling round hall, a virtual basilica of shadows spiraling up under a high glass dome, its dimness pierced by shafts of light that stabbed from above. A labyrinth of passageways and crammed bookshelves rose from base to pinnacle like a beehive woven with tunnels, steps, platforms, and bridges that presaged an immense library of seemingly impossible geometry. I looked at my father, stunned. He smiled at me and winked.

“Welcome to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Daniel.”

[End quote]

What a beautiful, beautiful book. If you love a good mystery with a bit of espionage and some romance riding along and with all of it set in and around the world of books, then you owe it to yourself to get your hands on this one. The characters are interesting and imperfect and immensely likable. The narrative is superb. The Barcelona setting is one that hasn't been overkilled in fiction, and it is described well here, to the point where the reader can be easily drawn into the place and time. And perhaps as importantly, the translation is terrific and almost lyrical on its own. The one negative that keeps it from that rare five-star rating: the explanation for the biggest mystery in the thread of mysteries is...well, it is kind of lame and anticlimactic. I can't really say more without spoiling things, so I'll just say that I wish that the Big Reveal had had a bit more meat to it.

In any case, when I started to read the book, I found myself making annotation after annotation after annotation of all of the great lines and paragraphs and quotes within, to the point where I knew that I had to stop since the immensely quotable material itself was clearly not going to stop. I'll offer just one more example of it, and this one comes soon after the one that I used to lead off this review, placing both at the beginning of the story as the table is being set. Consider it a complement for a story that I could go on raving about for quite some time:

[From the book]:

“According to tradition, the first time someone visits this place, he must choose a book, whichever he wants, and adopt it, making sure that it will never disappear, that it will always stay alive. It’s a very important promise. For life,” explained my father. “Today it’s your turn.”

For almost half an hour, I wandered within the winding labyrinth, breathing in the smell of old paper and dust. I let my hand brush across the avenues of exposed spines, musing over what my choice would be. Among the titles faded by age, I distinguished words in familiar languages and others I couldn’t identify. I roamed through galleries filled with hundreds, thousands of volumes. After a while it occurred to me that between the covers of each of those books lay a boundless universe waiting to be discovered.

[End quote]
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  jimgysin | Jun 19, 2017 |
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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.
 
Als een boekverkoper zijn tienjarige zoon meeneemt naar het paleisachtige, geheimzinnige Kerkhof der Vergeten Boeken, raakt Daniel betoverd door De schaduw van de wind. Hij neemt zich voor achter de identiteit van de schrijver Julian Carax te komen. Sterker nog: hij lijkt het leven van deze mysterieuze man te gaan leven. Tegen de achtergrond van het Barcelona van de Burgeroorlog en Franco ontrolt zich een fascinerend verhaal, of feitelijk vele verhalen over figuren die zich in de nabijheid van Carax ophielden én mensen rondom Daniel. De structuur van het verhaal is als een Russische pop, die eindeloos veel kleinere poppen in zich heeft verstopt. Carlos Ruiz Zafon (1964) heeft een fantasierijke, knappe roman geschreven vol avontuur, spanning, en liefde, die je in één adem uitleest. Zijn taalgebruik is prachtig, zijn belezenheid groot en de vertaling is vloeiend. Velen zullen van deze onderhoudende, intelligente roman genieten.
added by Liyanna | editBiblion, Fieke Nugteren
 
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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ruiz Zafón, Carlosprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Geel, NellekeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Graves, LuciaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Härkönen, TarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schwaar, PeterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sezzi, LiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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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