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The Shadow of the Wind is Book 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 a

The Shadow of the Wind is Book 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, pages flickering with candles and drank a glass of wine in solitude, completely enthralled in the world of 1940's Barcelona.I walked home from the train at night and found myself saying the characters names beneath my umbrella, hoping no one would hear me talking to myself, but they were, quite simply, too beautiful to ignore: Julian Carax, Daniel Semepere, Beatriz...Tomas, Penelope Aldaya and Nuria Monfort.In a movie this would be too many people, but for this novel they were perfectly seamed, each point of view more entralling and taxing than the one before.Most refreshing, clearly the author wasn't poisoned with the desire to simply keep the reader in the dark: instead this story, with attention, was something you could figure out--because that's the way life is. The mystery itself isn't supposed to shock you intensely into thinking a book is good, that's a dirty trick. Instead, the STORY carried you. You cared about the story and it was a tragity and mystery all the same, simply because you were invested in these people and what became of them. To know them so intimately from childhood to adulthood and old age, to know them through various degrees of point of view seperation--to hear there is no Penelope, and then to know she is a sister, a love, but to some non-existant...well, it's gothic literature at it's very best.With a book like this I am almost, ALMOST tempted to give up my most pedantic and pretentious thoughts, paralells and character development--this story is a story and it's just that good. It is the Phantom of the Opera, those dark tunnels and pressure points, a lake with candles or drawing rooms with no fire in the grate and crazy wives being stored in attics over head. This is, quite literally a timeless tale, and yes, reading it will make you smarter, more interested, more cultured (the back of the book includes a walking tour of Barcelona. I missed Barcelona but I am quite determined to go now, with my copy of A Shadow of the Wind in hand, just like wanting desperately to visit Eastern Europe after I finished The Historian and see it all), but more importantly real life simply fades to black as you become completely, totally and fantastically helpless and wrapped up in the lives of others.While there are fun hybrids--Crash Topics in Calamity Physics, for one, which combine a courses, authors, quotes and plot lines from a thousand famous novels, this book really makes that unnecessary. This is a classic without any help, no cheat cheats necessary. Read it. Read it. Read it.**I write on books and other stuff at www.snapshotnarrative.tumblr.com. 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 canThe 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 no longer remember his mother s face To console his only child, Daniel s widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona s guild of rare book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again Daniel s father coaxes him to choose a volume from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves, one that, it is said, will have a special meaning for him And Daniel so loves the novel he selects, The Shadow of the Wind by one Julian Carax, that he sets out to find the rest of Carax s work To his shock, he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written In fact, he may have the last one in existence Before Daniel knows it his seemingly innocent quest has opened a door into one of Barcelona s darkest secrets, an epic story of murder, magic, madness and doomed love And before long he realizes that if he doesn t find out the truth about Julian Carax, he and those closest to him will suffer horribly.As with all astounding novels, The Shadow of the Wind sends the mind groping for comparisons The Crimson Petal and the White The novels of Arturo P rez Reverte Of Victor Hugo Love in the Time of Cholera but in the end, as with all astounding novels, no comparison can suffice As one leading Spanish reviewer wrote, The originality of Ruiz Zaf n s voice is bombproof and displays a diabolical talent The Shadow of the Wind announces a phenomenon in Spanish literature An uncannily absorbing historical mystery, a heart piercing romance, and a moving homage to the mystical power of books, The Shadow of the Wind is a triumph of the storyteller s art.. Good Kindle The Shadow of the Wind 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 book and its author. The strange author died in poverty but now someone is seeking out all remaining copies of his unsuccessful novels to burn. Daniel embarks on a mission to solve the mystery of the author's story being watched by a revengeful cop and the book burner himself. As the story twists and slowly unravels he doesn't know whose account to trust or how it will affect his life.Wrapped up in the mystery is a message of death: do we live a full life or wander through it numb? The Shadow of the Wind is an allegory for death in a fictitious novel by the same title. Shadow is a perfect symbol for death evoking images of how death can be metaphorical instead of literal—living shadows of lives, chasing shadows of dreams, being shadows of others, letting memories shadow life. Every character had shadows which could engulf them or they could overcome. In this sense death becomes a fate we chose ourselves. For death is not always the worst thing that can happen ("words are not always the worst prison"). Every time the word shadow was used I considered its illusion of death. It was with much thought that the word was scattered throughout the book. SpoilersJust as the fictitious novel was an echo of the book and Julian's life, I loved watching Daniel's life parallel Julian's. Both grew up poor without an ideal family life, fell in love with a rich girl who was the adoration of her father and whose brother was a best friend, evoked murderous anger from her father after impregnating her, and when they have a brush with death, extremes of hate and love anchored their fight to survive. As Julian's story unfolds, Daniel unwittingly finds himself in the exact same point of their duel destiny.Once Daniel is aware of the correlation, the comparison stops. Is it because Daniel consciously chooses to chance his path or has fate dealt him a better hand? Julian wrote "There are no coincidences. We are the puppets of our subconscious desires." But while the message is clear that we chose our own fate, it seems there was no fate but failure for Julian. The sad thing is I believed Julian's love for Penelope as it grew in obsession more than Daniel's love for Beatriz which seemed a happy chance of lust.Themes of devils and angels are prevalent as characters save and ruin each others' lives. Clara is a physical angel who is blind while Fumero an emotional devil blinded by hate. While women tended to be described as angel and men devil, most characters held both in different shades. Take Julian the angel child bringing life (love, novels) who turned into the devil Lain Coubert bringing death (destruction, fear). But the characters pick whether to accept the destiny allotted them. Fermin was living death in the shadows of the street who had to get over his demons to find life worth living. The shadows for Nuria, Julian, Fortuny, even Fumero didn't have to give them a reason to quit living. They chose shadows.The book reminded me of The 13th Tale thematically, linguistically, and in delivery, although I loved this book so much more. The way the mystery unfolds finding tidbits from different perspectives enhanced the mystery and aided the depth of characterization. When I can see the vicious wife beater, deceived husband, and regretful father all in Antonio Fortuny I get a more well rounded sense of his motives. I enjoyed how the characters played different roles for each other.I love Barcelona as the setting. If you've been to the artistically enchanting city, you know it's the perfect backdrop to this eloquently enchanting tale with a gothic feel. The Spanish have a way of making all things metaphorically beautiful. The vivid romantic passages had me smiling and at times laughing out loud. I highly enjoyed the writing and it wasn't until two-thirds of the way into the book that the story finally stole my complete attention. Julian was my initial guess and while the story kept me questioning, it was the best solution and I was happy with the conclusion.But no novel is perfect; my issues are these:1. The readymade quotes are extreme. Zafon salvages this by calling himself out on the commentary. He sets the comments up in dialogue and then uses another character to mock the snippets.2. Perspective, particularly in Nuria's letter, is off. How could she know what Miquel looked at when dying? The chapters of her letters change from direct commentary to Daniel to third-party narrative. Elsewhere in the novel Daniel summarizes conversations in italics but I wondered from whence the interruption of her narrative with Fumero's story came.3. I always hope historical fiction will showcase a more accurate moral setting, but it rarely happens. While I believed the sex about Zafon's characters, done in secret and with fathers chasing down the culprits, how could they find out they were pregnant the next day? I was also disappointed that all marriages were displayed as wrong and wives disregarded. Oh well. I guess it added to the Spanish flavor of the book.4. American authors tend to impose unrealistic happy endings while Europeans favor poignant sad ones. At one point it seemed bad things happened to Julian for nothing else than this love of tragedies. It seemed Zafon was going to ruin the characters lives to make a point. But he makes his point with Julian and leaves Daniel to gives us a satisfied ending. A story about the living dead cannot be all bliss but we still find redemption as the characters step out of the shadows and live their lives. Quotes:Few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart.I believed, with the innocence of those who can still count their age on their fingers, that if I closed my eyes and spoke to her, she would be able to hear me wherever I was. A secret's worth depends on the people form whom it must be kept.Women have an infallible instinct for knowing when a man has fallen madly in love with them, especially when the male in question is both a complete dunce and a minor.Death was like a nameless and incomprehensible hand...like a hellish lottery ticket. But I couldn't absorb the idea that death could actually walk by my side, with a human face and a heart that was poisoned with hatred.The eternal stupidity of pursuing those who hurt us the most.Paris is the only city in the world where starving to death is still considered an art. Arrogant as only idiots can be.I felt myself surrounded by millions of abandoned pages, by worlds and souls without an owner sinking in an ocean of darkness, while the world that throbbed outside the library seemed to be losing its memory.Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not for the merits of who receives them.Television...is the Antichrist...our world will not die as a result of the bomb...it will die of laughter, of banality, of making a joke of everything.I realized how easily you can lose all animosity toward someone you've deemed your enemy as soon as that person stops behaving as such.People talk too much. Humans aren't descended from monkeys. They come for parrots.God, in His infinite wisdom, and perhaps overwhelmed by the avalanche of requests from so many tormented souls, did not answer.Silencing their hearts and their souls to the point where...they forgot the words with which to express their real feelings.People are evil. Not evil, moronic, which isn't quite the same thing. Evil presupposes a moral decision.The words with which a child's heart is poisoned, through malice or through ignorance, remain branded in his memory, and sooner or later they burn his soul.Marriage and family are only what we make of them.Sometimes what matters isn't what one gives but what one gives up.Destiny is usually just around the corner. But what destiny does not do home visits. You have to go for it.Just an innocent boy who thought he had conquered the world in an hour but didn't yet realize that he could lose it again in an instant.Keep your dreams. You never know when you might need them.Fools talk, cowards are silent, wise men listen.Waiting is the rust of the soul.Sometimes we think people are like lottery tickets, that they're there to make our most absurd dreams come true.While you're working you don't have to look life in the eye.Most of us have the good or bad fortune of seeing our livs fall apart so slowly we barely notice.Time goes faster the more hollow it is.I learned to confuse routine with normality.The world war, which had polluted the entire globe with a stench of corpses that would never go away.The clear, unequivocal lucidity of madmen who have escaped the hypocrisy of having to abide by a reality that makes no sense. A story is a letter the author writes to himself to tell himself things he would be unable to discover otherwise.The art of reading is slowly dying, that it's an intimate ritual, that a book is a mirror that offers us only what we carry inside us, that when we read, we do it with all our heart and mind, and great readers are becoming more scarce by the day.[speaking of television:] The novel is dead and buried...there'll be no more need for books, or churches, or anything.
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  • Carlos Ruiz Zafón Lucia Graves Post author

    Carlos Ruiz Zaf n is a Spanish novelist Born in Barcelona in 1964, he has lived in Los ngeles, United States, since 1994, and works as a scriptwriter aside from writing novels.His first novel, El pr ncipe de la niebla The Prince of Mist, 1993 , earned the Edeb literary prize for young adult fiction He is also the author of three young adult novels, El palacio de la medianoche 1994 , Las luces de septiembre 1995 and Marina 1999.In 2001 he published the novel La sombra del viento The Shadow of the Wind , his first adult novel, which has sold millions of copies worldwide Since its publication, La sombra del viento has garnered critical acclaim around the world and has won numerous international awards Ruiz Zaf n s works have been published in than 40 countries and have been translated into than 30 languages.

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  • 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, torturee 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, pages flickering [...]


  • 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 book [...]


  • 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 The moment you s [...]


  • 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 quotes [...]




  • Welcome to The Cemetery of the Forgotten BooksChoose 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.ter these long pages and stories w [...]


  • Fourth reading May 7 17, 2017Of 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, 2016Second 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 so The writing i [...]


  • 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 new, breath [...]


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  • 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 told that to [...]


  • 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 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 story of [...]



  • Hoy se celebra el 15 aniversario de la publicaci n de esta maravillosa obra de arte, que no me canso de recomendar Todav a recuerdo aquel amanecer en que mi padre me llev por primera vez a visitar el Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados.Porque cinco estrellas no me alcanzan para la constelaci n mayor que quiero armar en este firmamento digital, porque pase las cuatro de la ma ana devorando frases, p rrafos, paginas, hojas y cap tulos como un hombre que ha estado hambriento de arte por bastante tie [...]


  • 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 books t [...]


  • ALL THE STARS Welcome to The Cemetery of Forgotten Books Hauntingly beautiful Gothic atmospheric A book about the love of books.what 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 it that same day Four days later I m sat dumbstruck, simultaneously satisfied and heartbroken Thus, I come to you half a year later that s right, it took me half a year to get here BUT worry not fo [...]



  • 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 constant whi [...]


  • 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 interested Th [...]


  • 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 end o [...]


  • 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, and the cont [...]


  • 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 Make [...]


  • 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 kind of prof [...]


  • 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 Spanish civil war Barcelona, 10 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 by the e [...]


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  • DNF d on page 221In theory, I should have loved this book Structurally and plot wise it reads sort of like a Spanish version of The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, but I just didn t connect with this story or the writing Since I was still curious to see how the book ends, I read the plot summary on I know, I m terrible and after doing that I m glad I decided to stop reading The book certainly goes in a direction that I didn t see coming, but I don t think it would be worth slogging through another 200 [...]


  • This book SEEMED like it was going to be so good a dark mystery set in post war Barcelona, with tragic love and a place called The Cemetary of Forgotton Books what s not to love To be honest, I m not a fan of tragic love, but everything else at least seemed great But while I was vaguely curious to see how everything pieced together, I didn t like or care about any of the characters, and dialogue like Sometimes I no longer know who you are, kept me at a distance The book never went beyond just se [...]


  • Where do I begin This is by far my favourite book of the year so far and I have already bought the second in the series so I can quench my obsession with Carlos Ruiz Zafon s gorgeous writing.The story begins in Barcelona just after the Spanish Civil War, a young boy named Daniel lives alone with his Father and helps run the family bookshop One day Daniel s Father takes him to a place knows as The Cemetery of Forgotten Books a labyrinthine place completely packed with beautiful and rare books Dan [...]



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