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Subject: Shadow of the Wind/La sombra del viento
Date Posted: 8/24/2009 9:17 PM ET
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I've been trying to get through La sombra del viento (Shadow of The Wind in English) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon all summer but am having a hard time sticking with it.  I'm about half-way through it and I love the story so far but it takes me much longer to read in Spanish since it's my second language.  I want to stick with it, but classes are about to start up for this semester and I'm worried I won't have much time. 

Has anyone else read this book?  What did you think?  (No spoilers, please!)  I need motivation to keep reading it!


Date Posted: 8/25/2009 10:13 AM ET
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I loved Shadow of the Wind! It is a bit of an intricate story which would make reading it in a second language more difficult to pick up on the nuances of the story. Also, I imagine you miss some of Fermin's humor. I used to be fluent in French and read many French books when my skills were better so I can relate to what you are experiencing. You could always switch to the English version :-)

Date Posted: 8/31/2009 4:07 AM ET
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I absolutely loved Shadow of the Wind, but read it in English. I've read a few books in Spanish, but am sure my Spanish is not up to the twists and details in this book. Good for you, if you are able, but if you just want to enjoy a great book I recommend just relaxing with this one.

Date Posted: 9/15/2009 4:37 PM ET
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I think you should read it in English and then try Spanish later if you so wish.  Regional Spanish sometimes is  difficult even for native speakers like myself and then you see the meaning of certain words in English translations and you find it so much easier without having to look up words in a dictionary all the time.

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Date Posted: 9/16/2009 1:08 PM ET
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Wow, I wish I was able to even attempt to read a novel in a second language!

I thought this was one of the best books ever. It's in that category, a very small one, of "books we give as gifts becus they're so good it seems like everyone would like it." I thought it was wonderful.

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 6:13 PM ET
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This is one of the few books that is on my Keeper shelf. I read the paperback and posted it here a couple of years ago and went out and bought the hardcover 'cause I know I'll read it again. I don't know how it reads in Spanish, but in English, it was wonderful!


Date Posted: 10/1/2009 2:50 PM ET
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Thanks for the input, everyone!  I think I'll wait until Thanksgiving or Winter break from school and try to tackle it again in Spanish.  If I can't do it, I'll admit defeat and get it in English from the library.

Date Posted: 10/13/2009 9:56 AM ET
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This is the best book that I've read this year.  And, unfortunately, I have to read everything in English.  I know only a small amount of French and Spanish (very small).  I have his second book and have heard that it is equallly good.  Books about books--double blessing!

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 3:49 PM ET
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i know this thread is pretty old, but i just wanted to put in my two cents about The Shadow of the Wind. I really struggled to keep engaged during more than the first half of the book...i wanted more answers & they don't come until the last 120 pages of the book. Boy, am i glad i stuck with it...as this may end up being one of my favorite books ever! I read it in English...and the translation is so good that the language remains rich and wonderful. I wish my Spanish was strong enough to give it another go in Spanish. Can't wait to read his other book(s). Stick with this one...its worth the work.