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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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Jan 10, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, fiction, mystery, read-aloud-with-matt
Recommended for: anyone who likes a good mystery/ ghost story
Read on August 01, 2011

The Shadow of the Wind is set in Barcelona after the Spanish Civil War. The plot circulates around a fictional book of the same title that pulls the main character into the mystery of its dead author and his disappearing works. The book is a a love story, a mystery, a coming of age story and a political thriller.

It's really a wonderful book. Barcelona and Catalonia are characters in this novel, written as tense post-war, transitional figures, unsure what is next. The main character, Daniel, reflects this mood, but as a younger version, a child of war, with vague recollections but little understanding. He inserts himself into peoples lives and dramas without thought to consequence.

My partner and I read this book together, and the conclusion was so dramatic and gripping that I was actually shouting as I read it.

I highly recommend this book. The cast of characters is excellent and the story is engaging and beautifully written start to finish.

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