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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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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 bookshelf for almost a year). Why? I can’t remember what held me from reading it. I would recommend it to everyone, even if you – like me – don’t have any knowledge about Spain of Barcelona whatsoever. It was simply a wonderful story, told by a really good storyteller.
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  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
WOW! Carlos Ruiz Zafón's The Shadow of the Wind drew me in and didn't let me go until the final word was spoken. I "read" this book with my ears (as I often do); I feel the audiobook's stellar narrator, Jonathan Davis, added a great deal to the a.m.a.z.i.n.g storyline - I was totally immersed and felt a considerable level of regret as the end of the book drew near - letting go isn't always easy. This 565-page book was, for me, a TOME. Due to my dwindling ability to "follow along" (as I age) I tend to avoid BIG books . . I'm so very VERY glad I made an exception for this one. Most highly recommended . . you won't be sorry!! ( )
  idajo | May 8, 2016 |
The book gets two stars for being about books. I like books. I didn't care for the people surrounding the books though, and the plot was pretty thin. ( )
  mummimamma | Apr 20, 2016 |
I can't remember the last time I cried this much while reading.
What I can promise you is that, this story is big. Like the main character - Daniel, you will slowly unravel secret after secret, which are all parts of a bigger puzzle. I was expecting a story about books, but it was so much more. You get to experience a true adventure, reading through this story. You'll get to know so many interesting characters, who will be hard to let go off. I was really surprised by the complexity of this story. If you still haven't picked it up, you should. It's amazing. ( )
1 vote zombiehero | Mar 25, 2016 |
"Come, Daniel, get dressed. I want to show you something."
Daniel's ten years old when his father takes him to the Cemetery of forgotten books. A wonderful place where all books lost are stored until, some day, someone will come and find the book he or she is meant to have and protect.
Daniel is allowed to choose one book to take from the great library that is the Cemetery of forgotten books. There he finds; The Shadow of the Wind, by an unknown author called Julian Carax.
While Daniel grows up to be a young man, the mystery of Julian Carax will push him to his limit to find out the truth about the life and death of this curious man.

This is a place of mystery, Daniel, a sanctuary. 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. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.
When a library disappears or a bookshop closes down, when a book is consigned to oblivion, those of us who know this place, its guardians, make sure it gets here.

Daniel is ten years old when his father takes him to the Cemetery of forgotten books in Barcelona. There he is allowed to pick one book to take home with him, to hold and protect it, and overall: to remember and give life to that book.
In one night Daniel finishes the book and that is how the mystery starts. Who is this mysterious Julian Carax and why does nobody seem to remember him even though it wasn't that long ago that he wrote The Shadow of the Wind?
Daniel comes in contact with Don Gustavo, a man known by his father, who's known by his interest in odd books.
Some time passes and then a stranger emerging from the shadows contacts Daniel. A stranger who has much in common with one of the characters in Carax's book, a man without a face.
Through time Daniel falls in love and grows up to be a young man. But still he keeps thinking about Carax, wanting to find out as much as he can about this man. Bit by bit he gains knowledge about the life of Carax, but can it be enough to protect those the young author left behind?
For an old enemy is still waiting patiently until the time comes when he can finish his job.
In The Shadows of the Wind you'll follow Daniel while he looks back to the time when he is taken to the Cemetery of forgotten books by his father.
From that point you'll follow everything from his point of view, walk with him through this tale of mystery. ("I am looking for someone to share in an adventure." Gandalf).
You'll be dragged into the book if you want it or not, at least... if you like a little bit of mystery and shadows.
Zafón describes in detail the situation in Barcelona during the Civil war and a little during the Second World War. With his words he sketches a portrait of the daily life at that time for the commoners and those elite in the society. He shows how the corruption ruled the higher classes in society during the Civil war and right after it. There are a lot of details that make the story just a bit more it by setting the environment, without those details this story could have taken place in this time or even in the Roman period.
I started reading this book because my mum read it to... Yeah good one is it? But true enough. After she finished it in about two to three days she was bewitched by this book and so I thought; well, everyone is making a fuss of it anyway and if she things this book is great, why not give it a try?
And so I took the leap.
At first I thought it was going to be something fantasyish because of the Cemetery of forgotten books and all that. Turned out it was a fiction/mystery kind of thing! I was a bit surprised there but it turned out okay.
This book was a good read for me. I liked the mystery, the constant wanting more and the fact that it took quite some time until the mystery was solved.
The way Zafón brought that period of Spain's history to life was what interested me most. He subtly put into words how important religion was at the time, how corrupt the system and, most of all, how the daily life of most people was during that time. I like the fact that he didn't take one of the elite as a main character but someone more common, someone you as a reader can identify with.
Now, even though I liked the book it took me some time to finish it... about two weeks time.
That's not because I couldn't make myself read it, I was quite busy working and other stuff, but because to read this book you need your full attention because otherwise you'll miss some artfully placed hints or you'll miss so much of the story that it won't make any sense later on.
Like every good writer does, he makes you love or hate (maybe a bit of both) his characters and that was what he did to me. Something I particularly liked about his characters was the way they grew, mostly Daniel of course because you follow him directly. But even though you only follow Daniel for the largest part in this book, there are no real 'flat' characters in this story. Every single person has a history, a personality and a life. Naturally this does not apply for every character but it does for most of them.
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  Mybookfile | Mar 15, 2016 |
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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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Ruiz Zafón, Carlosprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Geel, NellekeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Graves, LuciaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Härkönen, TarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sezzi, LiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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 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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