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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Shadow of the Wind (original 2001; 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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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (2001)

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L'ombra del vento è un libro tutto sommato inquietante. Le premesse ci sono; si parte con qualcosa di misterioso, tra vicoli di Barcellona e segreti familiari. Poi si procede in un tempo sempre al passato, dove si narrano vicende giovanili, entrano in scena personaggi spesso costruiti attorno a cliche', e il libro procede abbastanza stancamente, sovrapponendo informazioni a ritratti personali a storie cosi' ingarbugliate che anche per un romanzo sono poco credibili. Poi... non so precisamente dove... ma a circa 3/4 del libro finalmente si parte. La trama diventa decisamente avvincente, i personaggi sono qualcosa di piu' di cliche', i tasselli cominciano ad incastrarsi. Le ultime 100 pagine si leggono in un batter d'occhio - a volte saltando qualche periodo per fare prima. Ecco, l'inquietudine è qui: è nel aver saputo montare una trama intrigante, che strizza l'occhio alla Storia spagnola, che tuttavia riesce a mancare di magia per una buona parte dello scritto. Ma che si riscatta ampiamente nei finali - necessariamente scontati, ma sempre piacevoli. ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
At first I thought my misgivings about this book were due to its translation, or how I sometimes don't care for suspense literature. However, upon reflection I feel that the choppy narrative style coupled with the lack of character development makes this novel a frustrating read. Redemption features include a great plot idea, a good sense of the setting (the city of Barcelona - to which I have been), and suspense. However, Zafon keeps one in suspense so long that by the time certain plot twists are revealed it feels trite and anti-climatic. I also disliked how every female character lacked initiative and either died, got knocked up and became helpless, or both. And finally, the over-use and inconsistent appearance of italics distracted from instead of enhanced the storytelling. This was a personal lesson in how I should read books in Spanish as opposed to an English translation when I have the choice, as that would help me remove one variable should I not like a book in the future. ( )
  Meghanista | Dec 2, 2014 |
Outstanding book! I hope to reread and relish the adventure one day soon in Barcelona ( )
1 vote Colleen.OP | Nov 25, 2014 |
1 vote | humblewomble | Oct 19, 2014 |
After the first few pages, I already knew this was going to be one of my favorite books. I especially fell in love after the description of Barceló's eccentricities, and all the literary references. Safons narrative and descriptive writing is rightfully compared with Dickens, vivid and maybe, if I dare say, a tad more exciting than Dickens.

I disagree with some of the commenters that the mystery was easy to figure out from the middle, or maybe I'm just not as quick witted as others--it kept me questioning.

There was a point in the book where it went into the history of an old house, and explained a ghastly murder so...what's the word I'm looking for? Accurately? That I got this tingle up the back of my neck as I read the paragraph a few times over, and my eyes pricked with frightful tears. There was twice that I almost cried with sadness, once at the end after the discovery that Carax made in the basement about Penelope, and after a certain accident with a fire. I was gripping the book, fingers trembling, saying "Oh no..." in my head.

I became enamored with the characters, even the evil ones. They all had pasts that I felt for, but that certainly doesn't mean they were all justified in their actions. The many passages about choices and regrets and passed opportunities and loss gathered a lump in my throat, especially a many passages towards the end, including the fate of Penelope, the fate of her maid Jacinta after a visit from Carax, and the passages with Nuria's father...but to be honest, the part that nearly broke my heart was the fate of dear, dear Miquel...I did feel for him so.

Don't misunderstand, though. Many scenes are very very funny, especially with Fermin, who I've added to my list of favorite literary characters.

Truly a wonderful atmospheric book---be prepared to get lost in it, and watch the pages gather in your left hand as the hours fly. Expect laundry to pile up and for that cup of tea/coffee/cocoa to accidentally get cold on your bedside table. A novel of love, gothic mansions, and subplots, among other things. If any of this strikes your fancy, don't resist that bargain copy on abebooks. ( )
  ShyPageSniffer | Sep 29, 2014 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ruiz Zafón, Carlosprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Geel, NellekeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Geel, NellekeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Graves, LuciaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Härkönen, TarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sezzi, LiaTranslatorsecondary 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.
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 cosigned 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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