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Friday, February 16, 2018

The Shadow of the Wind Book Review

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Working through required English reading lists can make anyone wonder if they’ll ever be a real book lover. “The Shadow of the Wind” changes all of that. In this first-person novel, author Carlos Ruiz Zafon weaves together romance, mystery, horror and love for literature into a life-changing story about a boy who lost his mother.

“The Shadow of the Wind” came out in 2001 and has sold over 15 million copies worldwide, making the critically-acclaimed book one of the all-time best sellers. Reading Zafon’s novel becomes an irresistible obsession. Each page bleeds with passion, erupts with curiosity and entices with danger and delight. “Anyone who enjoys novels that are scary, erotic, touching, tragic and thrilling should rush right out to the nearest bookstore and pick up ‘The Shadow of the Wind,’” wrote Michael Dirda in a book review for The Washington Post.

Zafon is a Spanish author from Barcelona, who began writing for young audiences. His first novel, “The Prince of the Mist,”  was written in 1993 and was awarded the Edebe Literary Prize for young adult fiction. “The Shadow of the Wind” was translated from Spanish to English by Lucia Graves, the daughter of English poet Robert Graves. It’s part of “The Cemetery of Forgotten Books” trilogy, which includes “The Angel’s Game” (2008) and “The Prisoner of Heaven” (2011). “The Shadow of the Wind” was Zafon’s first adult novel.

Entertainment Weekly called the book “Wondrous… Masterful… a love letter to literature, intended for readers as passionate about storytelling as its young hero.” In an ultimate nod to Spanish literary greats, The New York Times Book Review described the book as, “Gabriel Garcia Marquez meets Umberto Eco Meets Jorge Luis Borges for a sprawling magic show.”

The story starts with Daniel Sempere, a ten year-old boy who wakes up one morning crying because he couldn’t remember his mother’s face. She died when he was only two years old. His father, not knowing exactly what to do, decided to take him to a place called the “Cemetery of Forgotten Books;” a labyrinth of books  known to almost nobody. His father told him to pick a book that appealed to him, for he would have to adopt it and learn everything about it. Daniel, young and inexperienced, chose the first book that caught his eye. It was called “The Shadow of the Wind” by Julian Carax, an unknown author. He read the book and instantly fell love with it.

Five years later, 15-year-old Daniel set out to find the unknown author, Julian Carax. The quest leads him on a journey filled with discoveries and interesting people.

Everything in this book matters. The chapters are short, but impactful. The book pierced my heart, stretched my imagination, stirred my soul and even seeped into my dreams. It unlocked the book lover in me.

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