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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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Jul 21, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: 5-star, read-in-2009, carlso-ruiz-zafon
Read in July, 2009

`The Shadow of the Wind`centers around a character by the name of Daniel Sepere, who at the age of ten is taken by his father into a labyrinthine library called `The Cemetary of forgotten Books`, a place which contains thousands & thousands of books that have long been forgotten. Daniel is allowed to take one book, any book he chooses, & once he has choosen that book, he is allowed to take it home & be responsible for it for the rest of his life. The book he chooses is called `The Shadow of the Wind`(hence the name). He quickly becomes in love with the book & decides that he wants to read more of the authors works, a man by the name of Julian Carax. While he searches for more of his works, some people start turning up inquiring about the book he`s aquired. What begins as just a literary curiosity starts turning into a case of finding out about the life that Julian Carax led & the way in which he died. Daniel starts to see similarities between himself & Julian`s life & wonders whether their destinies are intertwined.

I really liked this book. I must admit that the first part of this book was a bit slow, but the rest of the book made up for it. And so, I`d advise those that wish to give this a read, to read large sections of the book at a time, rather than just reading a few pages. This story contains a lot of great elements; romance, love, sorrow, & likeable charcters. This is a book I would recommend to real book lovers. There is a real sense of magic associated with the art of story telling. Carlos Ruiz Zafon is a great writer who can really capture your imagination & make the story feel real.

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