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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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Apr 23, 09

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Daniel Sempere has forgotten the face of his mother, who died several years before. His father, owner of a bookstore in Barcelona, decides that the time is right to take him to the Cemetary of Forgotten books where thousands of books wait for soemone to care about them again. Daniel chooses a book, The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax. He reads this that very night and is affected by the eldritch tale it tells. Soon, a strange man--his face burned horribly--approaches Daniel to take the book: this man is destroying all of Carax's novels.
From here, Daniel begins to investigate what happened to Carax and stirs up a history of love, betrayal, and violence while he himself grows to manhood.
The setting of fascist Spain around the second world war lends an additional air of menace to the uncovering of the past and the danger of the present. Just like the book jacket says, it is a novel, thriller, love story, and a damn good read. While some of the actions taken by various characters strain credulity, mostly it is wonderful and recommended.

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