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The Shadow of the Wind (Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Bk 1)
The Shadow of the Wind - Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Bk 1
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves (Translator)
The international literary sensation-a runaway bestseller in Spain, rights sold in more than 20 countries-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 sha...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781594200106
ISBN-10: 1594200106
Publication Date: 4/12/2004
Pages: 496
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 71 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 6
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reviewed The Shadow of the Wind (Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Bk 1) on + 40 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 34
Have you ever, after putting down a book, been reluctant to read anything else because you feel like nothng else would be as good? "Shadow of the Wind" was like that for me. It did move a little slowly at first, but once it hooked me ... oh, my!
It begins in 1945, when Daniel (the narrator), at age 10, gets a special visit to a secret library in Barcelona, where he and his bookseller father live. Daniel is allowed to pick one book to cherish and protect; he chooses "The Shadow of the Wind" by Julian Carax. Daniel is so captivated that he tries to find more books by Carax - but discovers that someone is trying to destroy every copy. What follows is a rich, convoluted, fascinating tale full of mystery, tragedy, true love, a bit of magical realism, and outrageous, sometimes crude humor.

I read most of it in one sitting.
reviewed The Shadow of the Wind (Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Bk 1) on + 14 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 26
A wonderful book for any of those true bibliophiles out there who have a true love for books themselves. Beautiful, flowing language and a story that keeps you turning pages. This book has a bit of everything: murder, romance, intrigue, and a glimpse into the world of book collecting. There is a magical quality in this book reminiscent of other books with fantasy elements written for adults, though not with the pop-fiction appeal of Alice Hoffman, but more like the work of Gabrial Garcia Marquez, or "The Neverending Story" by Michael Ende. This book is on my Top 10 Favorite All-time books - I highly recommend it. I just wish they would get more of Zafon's books translated, as he write in Spanish!
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Helpful Score: 22
Honestly one of the finest books I've read. The language is absolutely beautiful - even more astonishing considering it's a translation from Spanish. Nothing is lost in the translation.

Highly recommended.
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Helpful Score: 11
A very different book. Had a hard time getting started then it grabbed me. I actually read it twice.
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Helpful Score: 10
While some of this book was long winded, I found it very compelling. Every once in a while I had to pull out my dictionary for words I had never heard of, but otherwise the translation was great. I believed all the characters and loved the intrigue. After the first 75 pages I was hooked. The ending was definitely worth it!!! I highly recommend this book.
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reviewed The Shadow of the Wind (Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Bk 1) on + 106 more book reviews
I love reading. Books. Magazines. Dry academic archaeology conference papers. Comics. But most of all, I enjoy a well drawn story.

"Shadow of the Wind" (English version) is a story-lover's dream. Other reviews praised its deceptively intricate plot, the artful translation of the rich Spanish text, and the fascinating characters drawn and refined from the classic Gothic novels. It is all that, but the praise does not fully describe the experience(s). And maybe THAT is the best praise for a well told story that had the kitchen sink thrown into the whole thing (so to speak).

Personally, I reluctantly wondered deeper into a Barcelona of Dracula, Frankenstein, and Cthulhu gloom, populated with characters out of Dickens, Hugo, Hammett, Poe and Lovecraft - but without the need for supernatural beings to provide the suspense and horror that weaves its tentacles through to the end. You suspect (or know) how the story must end. But when it finally arrives, it calls up the sewers of Paris and val Jeans' last battle with Javert.

So here I am, having emerged even more reluctantly out the other side, hoping to recover from this experience soon. Otherwise, reading-withdrawl symptoms may force me to watch bad television just to reset (reduce) my standards!

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