The Shadow of the Wind Synopsis
Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love. (Amazon)
I took the book down with great care and leafed through the pages, letting them flutter. Once liberated from its prison on the shelf, it shed a cloud of golden dust. (Page 5)
This best-selling title from acclaimed Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafon, translated by Lucia Graves, has been languishing on my TBR pile for far too long. Reading the countless great reviews of the third title in the ‘Cemetery of Forgotten Books’ collection, The Prisoner of Heaven released this year (the second, The Angel’s Game), gave me the push I needed to bring this to the top of my pile.
At only half-way through it is easy to see why some consider this novel a modern classic – the prose is outstanding. The Shadow of the Wind is a book made for booklovers.
Will it be a late contender for my list of ‘Best Books Read in 2012’? We shall soon see…
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