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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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Jul 05, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, fiction, mystery-thrillers, translated-works, 2000s-fiction

Ruiz Zafón has created a near-perfect novel: seductive and intriguing characters, a brilliant Spanish locale, and a lyrical style reminiscent of past literary masters. I found myself reading passages countless times just to savor the words. The language was so solid and mesmerizing, I could not believe it was a translation. The story lingers in your mind hours and days after reading it, and I become nostalgic; wishing I could read it again for the first time.

When Daniel Sempere first enters the labrythine "Cemetary of Forgotten Books", he does not know that this single episode will change his life forever. Daniel discovers a novel entitled "Shadow of the Wind" and makes it his mission to find other books by its enigmatic author, Julian Carax. When he learns that Carax's novels have been systematically destroyed by an elusive stranger, Daniel must protect his volume from the flames. The more Daniel learns about Carax, the more he realizes the similarities and parallels between his own life and that of the author.

Allot a good amount of time for this book, you will not be able to put it down.
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Pamela You hit the nail on the head when you said that the story lingers in your mind....It's as though you have to work to "escape" from Daniel's world.

Licha I just finished reading this book and I must steal your quote. I too wish I could read this again for the first time.

Lynn Beautiful review that sums what I feel perfectly. Many thanks.

Paul Hallsworth Perfect review of what in my humble opinion is one of the most perfect books ever written

Gwen I couldnt agree more...

Italo André What can I say about it? You made a perfect review.

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