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The Shadow of the Wind

(El cementerio de los libros olvidados #1)

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The international literary sensation, about a boy's quest through the secrets and shadows of postwar Barcelona for a mysterious author whose book has proved as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget.

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
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Paperback, 487 pages
Published January 25th 2005 by Penguin Books (first published 2001)
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Annalisa
Jul 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: some language and sex
Recommended to Annalisa by: book club
I read the opening few pages and instantly knew 3 things:
1. I was going to love this book.
2. I needed a whole pad of post-its to mark quotes.
3. I wanted to read this in Spanish for the rich poetry the language would add.

A young boy Daniel is taken by his father to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and told to salvage a book which he must take stewardship over. He choses a novel—or maybe it chose him—that touches him, stirs his desire for literature, and forever entangles him with the fate of the b
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Jamie
Jan 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone. So good.
Recommended to Jamie by: The girl at the Ferry Building Bookshop
There's probably nothing much I "learned" in the introspective sense, but this is a novel like a novel ought to be. This is an epic film on paper, gloomy and engaging, smokey, noir with crumbling ruins, young love, disfigurment, lust, torture...the stuff of Dumas, DuMauier and, as of late, The Historian. I woke up at five a.m. and had to sweet talk myself back to sleep: all I wanted to do was read. One Friday, after work, I took sanctuary in The Hotel Biron, those little tables in the dark, page ...more
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Tanja (Tanychy) by: a friend
The fact is that I’ll never be able to write a real review for this book. Here is why :

1. I’m not good enough.
I’m not now and I’ll never be. It doesn’t matter how many books you have read or how smart you are, you’ll never be good enough for that. You won’t be able to find exact words and it’s not just you. Only person who can is the author himself, but I think he already said everything he wanted.
Don’t believe me?
- “Books are mirrors - you only see in them what you already have inside you.”
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Nayra.Hassan
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, thriller
:نعم ..ثمة سجون أسوأ من الكلمات
سجون الذكريات. .صقيع الفشل
عندما تقفز الشخصيات الخيالية خارج صفحات الكتب..لتصحح مفاهيمك و تنغص حياتك و تفتح عينيك قسرا

ا"الكتابة ليست سوي مرآة نرى فيها ما نمتلكه في دواخلنا..و القراءة تحتم علينا إعمال القلب و العقل معا
وهما عملتان نادرتان الآن! ا

جذبتني ؛منذ ان قرأت الريفيو الانجليزي لمحمد عربي عنها..و رايت ذلك الرسم القاتم الغامض لاب و ابنه: ينطلقان في ظل ريح عاتية الى..مقبرة الكتب المنسية.. يا له من اسم غامض موحي!!..و مقبض ايضا لكل محبي الكتب..و مع رواية ملعونة و
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Daniel Teo
Jan 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, novels
After reading The Shadow of the Wind, I was left with somewhat mixed feelings. On the one hand, this is such a beautifully written book, and is in essence an ode to literature. On the other hand, there are some serious flaws which distracts from the whole experience.

The best thing about the book, in my opinion, is Zafon's skill in artistic writing. It reminds me of why I love to read in the first place, and makes me wish I could write as beautiful as this. The book contains lots of memorable qu
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Rinda Elwakil


لم يحبنا العالم و لم يسعنا، ووسعتنا أرفف مكتباتنا و حيز غرفنا الضيقة.




تنبيه: هذه رواية لا تُقرأ علي عجل، و لا في فواصل بين أعمال مهمة




ستسرقك و لن تفلتك، ستفرغ منها و لن تفرغ منك.

Maxwell
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fourth reading: May 7-17, 2017
Of course I love this book soooo much. It's my all-time favorite. This is the 4th year in a row I've read it, and it never gets old. If you haven't already read this at my suggestion, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

Third reading: May 14-21, 2016

Second reading: May 23-25, 2015-
Okay, I can confidently say, upon re-reading this, that it is one of my all-time favorite books. It was just as surprising and enchanting and delightful as the first time I read it, if not more so.
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Mohammed Arabey
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it

Welcome to The Cemetery of the Forgotten Books
Choose one book. But be aware, you may get trapped into its pages, as The Shadow of the Wind

“As it unfolded, the structure of the story began to remind me of one of those Russian dolls that contain innumerable diminishing replicas of itself inside. Step by step the narrative split into a thousand stories, as if it had entered a gallery of mirrors, its identity fragmented into endless reflections.”
And for me, by the end..after these long pages and s
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jessica
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
riveting. mysterious. haunting. imaginative. charming. sentimental.

the list of adjectives is endless. and while this book was all of these, the one thing that i will forever remember about this book is how it made me appreciate the art of storytelling. i didnt feel like i was reading a novel; i felt as if someone very dear was sitting next to me and telling me their favourite tale. i was enamoured with the nuances of the language and swept up with all the action. it was an absolute pleasure to e
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Simon
Jul 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
It's been a couple years since I read this book so I shouldn't and won't go into details, but the effect has lingered all this time. There's no other book I'm quicker to recommend than this one. It's not that it's particularly important in a lot of the ways "important" books are, it's just that it works as pure reading pleasure (and sometimes, isn't that enough?); so I find reviews from people desperate to discover structural flaws and stylistic cliches to be totally missing the point. Buy it ne ...more
Jon Cox
Sep 26, 2009 rated it did not like it
I can't believe someone actually published this book. Even worse, in my opinion is the fact that this book is on the New York Times Bestseller List. How is this possible? It must only mean that there are a lot of people out there that think very differently from me. Don't you be one of them. Seriously. Don't be fooled by this book. It is insipid, lame, and poorly written.

First. The prose is so overblown that the author uses three adjectives for every single noun. Count them. He evidently was to
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Mohammed Arabey
ذكرتني هذه القصة بتلك العرائس الروسية المفرغة والتي تحوي علي عدد كبير من النماذج المصغرة منها بداخلها، خطوة بخطوة تكتشف أن الحكاية انقسمت إلي آلاف القصص وكأنها دخلت لبيت المرايا وتفتت في انعكاسات لا نهائية

بالرغم من ان تلك المقولة قالها دانيل حول رواية "ظل الريح" بمنتصف الكتاب، فبنهاية روايته نفسها وجدت الجملة تنطبق عليها ايضا
فالرواية هي عدة قصص متراكبة بها غموض، إثارة وتشويق -واقل القليل من الملل احيانا-، متميزة ويغلب عليها الشجن
هي قصص عن العمر والزمن، المصائر المتشابكة، عن الروايات وعشق الكتب
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فهد الفهد
ظل الريح

هذا هو الجزء الأول من رباعية (مقبرة الكتب المنسية) للإسباني كارلوس رويث زافون، الرباعية منفصلة يمثل كل جزء منها كتاباً مستقلاً، صدر حتى الآن ثلاثة أجزاء، ترجم الجزء الأول وسيصدر قريباً وبانتظار الثاني والثالث والتي أتمنى ألا تتأخر كثيراً، فقد تركني الكتاب الأول مذهولاً، هل تعرفون الكتب اللذيذة؟ تلك الكتب التي تذكرك عندما تفرغ منها بلمَ أحببت القراءة من البداية!! تلك الكتب التي تشبه حلماً جميلاً، قصص متشابكة تدور في أجواء محببة، هذا ما صنعه لنا زافون، برشلونة ما بعد الحرب، شاب يدعى دانيا
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❄️Nani❄️
Rereading the series in preparation for one of my most anticipated releases of the year, The Labyrinth of the Spirits.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<><>~~~~~~~~~~

ALL THE STARS.
⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Welcome to The Cemetery of Forgotten Books.

** Hauntingly beautiful.

** Gothic & atmospheric.

** A book about the love of books.

what more could a reader ask for?

** And the best part? This book was never even on my radar until I heard someone talk about it by chance. I was intrigued by what they said and bought i
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Matthew
This is an excellent piece of literature. It contains poetic storytelling, shocking twists, thoroughly developed characters, symbolism, humor, romance, betrayal, action, sentimentality, nostalgia, and much, much more.

For book lovers it is perfect because it revolves around the mysteries of a little known author (Julian Carax) that the main protagonist, Daniel, stumbles across in a secret stash of literature called the Cemetery of Forgotten books. From there it quickly develops into a fantastic
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Antonio
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: TODOS, todo el mundo
Recommended to Antonio by: Veronika Carmona
Hoy se celebra el 15 aniversario de la publicación de esta maravillosa obra de arte, que no me canso de recomendar.


Todavía recuerdo aquel amanecer en que mi padre me llevó por primera vez a visitar el Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados.


Porque cinco estrellas no me alcanzan para la constelación mayor que quiero armar en este firmamento digital, porque pase las cuatro de la mañana devorando frases, párrafos, paginas, hojas y capítulos como un hombre que ha estado hambriento de arte por bastante
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Lola
Jul 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I found this novel by accident, while quickly browsing shelves at the local library, and let me just say it was the best accidental find i've had in years. From the very first line to the end i loved it, and as a reader i am not easily pleased by anything. I love stories out of the ordinary that captivate my imagination and run away with it. That is exactly what The Shadow of The Wind did.

Right off the bat the plot intrigued me, Daniel Sempere is taken to the a secret labyrinth of forgotten book
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Ahmad Sharabiani
La sombra del viento = The Shadow of the wind (El cementerio de los libros olvidados #1), Carlos Ruiz Zafón
عنوانها: سایه باد؛ سایه ی باد؛ نویسنده: کارلوس روییز زافون - کارلوس روئیس سافون - کارلوس روئیث ثافون؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز هشتم ماه دسامبر سال 2016 میلادی
عنوان: سایه باد؛ نویسنده: کارلوس روییز زافون - کارلوس روئیس سافون - کارلوس روئیث ثافون؛ مترجم: کیومرث پارسای؛ تهران، علم، 1385؛ در 728 ص؛ شابک: 9644056876؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان اسپانیایی - قرن 21 م
مترجم: مهرداد بازیاری؛ تهران، هرم
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘


2/2.5 stars. Look, it's not my thing to mince my words, so I'll give you my opinion and ultimately, you'll decide what to make of it anyway : as far as I'm concerned, The Shadow of the Wind is overrated and, to say the truth, a bit of a smokescreen. Despite its obvious qualities, I have to admit that I'm a little baffled of its status given that all the flaws, if found in some random YA book, would be called out without any doubt.



Caricatures as characters, from Daniel the Romantic whose const
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ميقات الراجحي
رواية (ظل الريح).. تأتينا هي الأخرى من عالم هذا الدكتاتوري الإسباني الذي عصف بمملكة إسبانيا في القرن الماضي أثناء فترة الحرب الأهلية في إسبانيا. شدني الكاتب منذ أول الخيوط من مقبرته (مقبرة الكتب) التي غصنا معه فيها لنهاية أخر الأوراق. سيكون عليك ملاحظة الفرق بين بوليسة اجاثا كرستي وبين كارلوس هنا هو إضافة لمسة حب جميلة نفتقر لها في روايات اجاثا كرستي التي تبدأ وتنتهي بالبوليسية. برشلونة / السحر الإسباني هي منبت مكتبة المقبرة. وهي برشلونة ما بعد عهد فرانكو الدموي.


رحلة الكتاب المُحرّم داخل المقبرة
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Kevin Ansbro
"Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it."


In post-civil war Barcelona, ten-year-old birthday boy, Daniel Sempere is taken by his father to a top-secret, labyrinthine library called 'The Cemetery of Forgotten Books' and is asked to select whichever one of the dusty publications calls out to him from an exhaustive succession of shelves.
He chooses an obscure novel, The Shadow of the Wind written
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Margitte
After finishing this book, I was totally blown away by the number of GR friends who already read it. It was really the greatest thrill.

At last, yes, at last! It was finito! What a read it was. Honestly, I thought it was never going to end, that the saga beginning in 1945, after the Civil War in Spain, was just too dragging and too detailed for my sensitive soul. Emotionally I shut down around the halfway mark, hanging onto the picturesque, descriptive prose for dear life, sensing a light at the
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Kelly
May 31, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gothic/Romantic lit freaks
Trying too hard. I wonder if I hadn't read this right after Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell if I would have liked it better. They were both trying to pay homage to the gothic/Romantic era writers, except that Strange and Norrell was brilliant, and this one was.. eh. I appreciated what the author was trying to do, but he didn't do it well enough to keep me reading. Yes, Romantic lit is full of cliche, but the thing is to do it in an intriguing way and with enough wit to keep your audience intere ...more
Arah-Lynda
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top, i-said


Here is one for those of us who absolutely adore great literature. It is almost as though The Shadow of the Wind was written for book lovers everywhere. An adrenaline laced, pulse pounding, suspense filled, dark and romantic, gothic adventure, peopled with brilliantly developed, colourful, charismatic and ultimately,unforgetable characters. It really should come with a warning as it will keep you reading late into the night and long after you should have put it down. Fantastic! A must read folks
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Nataliya
"Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you."
Well, I wonder then what part of me I saw inside this book - a book I adored despite its imperfections, despite its frequent veering into melodrama, despite (or maybe because of?) its densely Gothic atmosphere.

Whatever it was, it was enough to make me lose myself completely in the rich setting of mid-20th century Barcelona, in the world of seductive dangerous power of literature and perils and passions of young love, a
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Hannah Greendale
Sound the alarm! Unpopular opinion to follow! (Making this review a bit more personal than usual, because I can't slam a one-star review on this highly popular title without giving some explanation for my disappointment).

To put it simply: verbose and wearying. Zafón seems to have swallowed a thesaurus and proceeds to regurgitate synonyms with unrelenting force. In The Shadow of the Wind, a man does not simply urinate, he "discharge[s] his generous, steamy cascade."

The Shadow of the Wind is an o
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Odai Al-Saeed
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
أعيب على نفسي لو لمح لي فكري أو تبجحت ترجسيتي الغريزية لتنقد عمل كهذا ، هنا ومن خلال هذه الصفحة أقف وقفة تبجيل وإحترام أمام رواية زافون .... أي داهية كتب هذا العمل وأي ذائقية سوف ترضينا بعد ذلك الكاتب الذي سقف ابداعه السماء ... غبطت نفسي مرارآ لأن القدر استوقفني كي أكون أحد قارئي نص ريحه العاتية ولشرف الصدفة شاكرآ لأنه ساقني لهكذا اعجاز يخلط حيث الحدث المتماهي مع العاطفة والتشويق.... شكر خاص لمترجم العمل المبدع معاوية عبدالمجيد ولدار ميسكيلاني على هذا السبق في الدقة والإخراج .....ستة نجوم لعمل س ...more
Warwick
Dec 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, spain, barcelona
Dire. The writing is along Dan Brown lines, with flowery metaphors mixed until they become meaningless. From page 1: "My father sighed, hiding behind the sad smile that followed him like a shadow all through his life." How can he be hiding behind it if it's following him? Then on the next page someone is described as having "vulturine features", but in the following sentence he has an "aquiline gaze". This sloppiness is everywhere.

The whole thing feels like it desperately wants be seen as some k
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ما أعظم هذا العمل..
Tea Jovanović
I remember taking a Canadian edition with me to vacation in Dubai... And when we went to see Golden souk, instead of, like true female, enjoying all the displayed golden wonders, I found first bench and finished the book, while my family ohed and ahed over so much gold in one place...
one of the five best books I've read in last 10 years
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Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a Spanish novelist. Born in Barcelona in 1964, he has lived in Los Ángeles, United States, since 1994, and works as a scriptwriter aside from writing novels.

His first novel, El príncipe de la niebla (The Prince of Mist, 1993), earned the Edebé literary prize for young adult fiction. He is also the author of three more young-adult novels, El palacio de la medianoche (1994), Las
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