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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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Jul 28, 2010

really liked it
Read from August 19 to September 05, 2010

A masterstroke of cinematic plot-weaving, with several added bonuses: a number of odd turns of phrase that could only be the product of translation from Spanish to English, a story that's focused on the preservation and adoration of literature, and a large collection of original proverbs inserted into the dialogue. The best part about this last trait is that it's done with a mocking self-awareness, as one character will call out another for speaking in maxims.

It's a step away from greatness, but the plot is so intricate and well-choreographed that you won't care at all while you're reading. This is the definition of a page-turner.

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

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