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Deb (debs4jc) | 42 comments Mod
Sunday July 24th at 3 pm we will be meeting at the library to discuss Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

Here is a description of the book:
Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals from its war wounds, 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 Julian 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. Published in 2004, 486 pages.The Shadow of the Wind


Deb (debs4jc) | 42 comments Mod
Here are some resources to go along with the discussion of Shadow of the Wind:

I love Carlos Ruiz Zafon's website: http://www.carlosruizzafon.co.uk/

It includes interviews, a virtual walking tour of Barcelona and a soundtrack that Zafon wrote to go along with the book. Dowload the music and listen to it while you read!
There is also another good interview with Zafon here: http://us.penguingroup.com/static/rgu...

Enjoy!


Deb (debs4jc) | 42 comments Mod
The Shadow of the Wind

Discussion Question #1:

Julián Carax's and Daniel's lives follow very similar trajectories. Yet one ends in tragedy, the other in happiness. What similarities are there between the paths they take? What are the differences that allow Daniel to avoid tragedy?

Anyone care to chime in?


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