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A Sombra do Vento (Em Portuguese do Brasil) (original 2001; edition 2017)

by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Author)

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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. Barcelona, 1945-just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again. Daniel's father coaxes him to choose a volume from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves, one that, it is said, will have a special meaning for him. And Daniel so loves the novel he selects, The Shadow of the Wind by one Julian Carax, that he sets out to find the rest of Carax's work. To his shock, he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written. In fact, he may have the last one in existence. Before Daniel knows it his seemingly innocent quest has opened a door into one of Barcelona's darkest secrets, an epic story of murder, magic, madness and doomed love. And before long he realizes that if he doesn't find out the truth about Julian Carax, he and those closest to him will suffer horribly. As with all astounding novels, The Shadow of the Wind sends the mind groping for comparisons- The Crimson Petal and the White? The novels of Arturo Peacute-Reverte? Of Victor Hugo? Love in the Time of Cholera ?-but in the end, as with all astounding novels, no comparison can suffice. As one leading Spanish reviewer wrote, ldquo. The originality of Ruiz Zafoacute's voice is bombproof and displays a diabolical talent. The Shadow of the Wind announces a phenomenon in Spanish literature. An uncannily absorbing historical mystery, a heart-piercing romance, and a moving homage to the mystical power of books, The Shadow of the Wind is a triumph of the storyteller's art.… (more)
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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (2001)

  1. 287
    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.
  2. 173
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  4. 91
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  5. 80
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  6. 70
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  7. 50
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  8. 50
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    phoenix7g: Mystery and books.
  9. 50
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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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El mejor de Zafrón, quizás el único bueno. ( )
  Alvaritogn | Sep 19, 2022 |
Great ( )
  earthwind | Aug 21, 2022 |
Carlos Ruiz Zafon constructs an intricate labyrinth of a story and invites you to step inside and fight your way out (if you dare). There are two interwoven tales here and much is not as it seems at first glance. Along with all the intriguing characters and the mysterious events, this book is about a book The Shadow of the Wind and its writer, Julian Carax, whose books are being destroyed systematically. A young man, Daniel, retrieves the book from The Cemetery of Forgotten Books and in what seems to be more fate than choice, his life becomes entangled with the book and its writer.

There is a lot to unravel, and it is great fun to try to catch up to the characters as they push their way through the mire and toward the truth. I became involved in Daniel and his friend, Fermin, but mostly I became intrigued with Carax and the back story.

There are gems sprinkled throughout the book: "Time goes faster the more hollow it is. Lives with no meaning go straight past you, like trains that don't stop at your station."

"...the art of reading is slowly dying, that it's an intimate ritual, that a book is a mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us, that when we read, we do it with all our heart and mind, and great readers are becoming more scarce by the day."

My feelings were not convoluted at all, I enjoyed this wild ride beginning to end. It is always so lovely when a great reader can come across a great writer, who can capture the heart and mind of the stranger and make it for just that moment belong to him. ( )
  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
Really strong writing with a gripping plot but much too long for the story. The writer kept adding more and more details that seemed unimportant and made my attention wander. ( )
  brittaniethekid | Jul 7, 2022 |
Recensione completa qui: http://thereadingpal.blogspot.it/2017/01/recensione-55-lombra-del-vento.html


"No, ma credo che parlasse di te. Ha detto che esistono
carceri peggiori delle parole e poi, prima di spirare, mi ha
chiesto di dirti di lasciarla libera."
Lo guardai perplesso.
"Di lasciar libera chi?"
"Una certa Penélope. Ho immaginato che fosse la tua fidanzata"



E' difficile recensire questo libro. Quando l'ho scelto tra le possibilità per la challenge, ho pensato due cose. La prima era che non era esattamente il mio genere di lettura. La seconda era che, comunque, ne parlavano tutti e volevo leggerlo anche io per farmi un'idea.
Sono felice di averlo fatto.
Zafon ha creato una storia complessa, una storia viva. Il protagonista è Daniel, che noi seguiamo fin da bambino. Orfano di madre, Daniel viene accompagnato dal padre in un posto molto particolare, il Cimitero dei Libri Dimenticati. Lì è pieno di libri salvati per miracolo e, quando il padre gli dice di sceglierne uno, Daniel porta a casa con se L'ombra del Vento di un certo Julian Carax. Crescendo, e avendo letto quel libro varie volte, Daniel diventa curioso riguardo all'autore, e cerca informazioni su di lui. Carax, però, è avvolto nel mistero, e Daniel non sa che la faccenda in cui lui si è invischiato senza rendersene conto è molto più grande di lui.
La storia è praticamente divisa in due: da una parte troviamo Daniel, che cresce sotto i nostri occhi, infatuandosi prima di Clara e poi di Bea e nel mentre segue le orme di Julian per Barcellona, cercando indizi su di lui; dall'altra troviamo Julian, innamorato di Penélope, la cui storia si fa sempre più chiara indizio dopo indizio, e di cui scopriamo l'infanzia e ciò che lo ha portato a scomparire totalmente dalla circolazione. Le due storie sono parallele quasi all'inverosimile... La storia di Julian è molto simile a quella di Daniel, avvenuta anni dopo. Ma avrà un finale molto diverso.
Ad aiutare Daniel nella ricerca di informazioni su Carax troviamo Férmin e Barcelò. Barcelò è un libraio, proprio come il padre di Julian... Férmin, invece, è molto più particolare e molto più di aiuto a Daniel. L'ho adorato come personaggio, e mi ha strappato una risata più di una volta.
La storia di Férmin è collegata direttamente con Fumero, un ispettore di polizia senza scrupoli, che prenderà di mira anche Daniel. All'inizio non si capirà bene perché, ma poi tutto diventa chiaro. I destini di ognuno dei personaggi sono legati da un filo rosso, spesso e impossibile da tagliare.
Un altro personaggio importante è Nuria, l'unico collegamento vero e proprio con Julian, che però sembra non voler aiutare Daniel a scoprire di più su tutta questa faccenda. Non mi è piaciuta molto, il suo comportamento non è corretto né verso Daniel, né verso Julian e Miquel.
E, ad inquietarci, c'è un uomo. Un uomo completamente bruciato, che segue Daniel, e che si fa chiamare con un nome che Carax, nel suo romanzo, ha dato al Diavolo. Vuole la copia dell'Ombra del Vento di Daniel, per darle fuoco e distruggere così ogni ricordo di Carax. Per tutto il romanzo ci chiediamo chi sia, e quale sarà il suo ruolo, fino alla fine. Io avevo dei sospetti su chi fosse, e alla fine ho avuto ragione, ma il dubbio è rimasto fino a poche pagine dalla fine.
Scritto egregiamente, è stato un po' un dolore dovermi interrompere tappa per tappa, ma sono felice di essere arrivata alla fine e non vedo l'ora di leggere il secondo libro. ( )
  thereadingpal | Jun 14, 2022 |
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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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I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time.
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In the shop we buy and sell them, but in truth books have no owner.
He would have liked to know that somebody wanted to keep him alive, that someone remembered him. He used to say that we exist as long as somebody remembers us.
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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. Barcelona, 1945-just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again. Daniel's father coaxes him to choose a volume from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves, one that, it is said, will have a special meaning for him. And Daniel so loves the novel he selects, The Shadow of the Wind by one Julian Carax, that he sets out to find the rest of Carax's work. To his shock, he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written. In fact, he may have the last one in existence. Before Daniel knows it his seemingly innocent quest has opened a door into one of Barcelona's darkest secrets, an epic story of murder, magic, madness and doomed love. And before long he realizes that if he doesn't find out the truth about Julian Carax, he and those closest to him will suffer horribly. As with all astounding novels, The Shadow of the Wind sends the mind groping for comparisons- The Crimson Petal and the White? The novels of Arturo Peacute-Reverte? Of Victor Hugo? Love in the Time of Cholera ?-but in the end, as with all astounding novels, no comparison can suffice. As one leading Spanish reviewer wrote, ldquo. The originality of Ruiz Zafoacute's voice is bombproof and displays a diabolical talent. The Shadow of the Wind announces a phenomenon in Spanish literature. An uncannily absorbing historical mystery, a heart-piercing romance, and a moving homage to the mystical power of books, The Shadow of the Wind is a triumph of the storyteller's art.

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