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The Shadow of the Wind 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, torturethe 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, page 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, torturethe 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, BeatrizTomas, 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 viewentralling 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 existantwell, 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,interested,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 , butimportantly 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 riveting mysterious haunting imaginative charming sentimental.the list of adjectives is endless and whilst this book is all of these, the one thing that i will forever remember about this book is how it makes me appreciate the art of storytelling i didnt feel like i was reading a novel i felt as if someone very dear was sitting next to me and telling me their favourite tale i was enamoured with the nuances of the language and swept up with all the action it was an absolute pleasure to riveting mysterious haunting imaginative charming sentimental.the list of adjectives is endless and whilst this book is all of these, the one thing that i will forever remember about this book is how it makes me appreciate the art of storytelling i didnt feel like i was reading a novel i felt as if someone very dear was sitting next to me and telling me their favourite tale i was enamoured with the nuances of the language and swept up with all the action it was an absolute pleasure to experience such a well told story truly a masterpiece in every way possible 5 stars 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 meBooks are mirrors you only see in them what you already have inside youThe 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 meBooks are mirrors you only see in them what you already have inside you The moment you stop to think about whether you love someone, you ve already stopped loving that person forever A story is a letter that the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise There are few reasons for telling the truth, but for lying the number is infinite In the shop we buy and sell them, but in truth books have no owner Every book you see here has been somebody s best friend Do you now 2 It s impossible I ll try to describe it It s not the same feeling but the result is You know that moment, or better said that feeling, when you see someone who means a lot to you and you have that beautiful feeling inside of you Now try to describe it You can t I know 3 And last but not least.Please allow me to quote the authorOnce, in my father s bookshop, I heard a regular customer say that few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart Those first images, the echo of words we think we have left behind, accompany us throughout our lives and sculpt a palace in our memory to which, sooner or later no matter how many books we read, how many worlds we discover, or how much we learn or forget we will return And this is mine 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 qu 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 as well, definitely a good thing as far as I m concerned So after about 50 pages in, I was ready to love this book as I seldom loved another book before But as the story progressed, that resolution started to diminish slowly but surely Ironically, one theobvious flaws is Zafon s overuse of stylistic writing It seems like everyone acts or talks in a very elaborate manner, even in the simplest of situations, and this can really become tiresome after a while The plot also isn t as ingenious as the hype would make you believe Zafon does a good job creating a sense of mystery early on, and there are obvious parallels between the main character Daniel Sempere, and Julian Carax, the writer whose past he is trying to uncover But ultimately, the stories of Daniel and Julian are seperate ones, and they just happen to interconnect with one anotherby chance than by design By far the most troublesome flaw is the way the mysteries are resolved All too often, answers are given by having some side character or another tell his or her story for pages Nowhere is thisevident than at the end of the book, where literally every single detail is revealed in the form of a very long letter, even details which the writer of the letter never could have known, since she wasn t even involved in those events It s as if Zafon did not have a clue or the motivation to write a logical conclusion, and decided to just dump all the information in one place With a bitattention to actual plot and character development, this could have been one of my favourite books Nevertheless, I still enjoyed reading the Shadow of the Wind It s just a shame that it falls some way short of its potential Barcelona,A city slowly heals from its war wounds, 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 Julian 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 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(Middle School By James Patterson ✼ – 9facts.co.uk and doomed love back cover This is a book about books, a story about stories It starts and ends in a library of sorts, themes and plots are echoed across decades, tied together by actors who find their roles changing, and by a pen that links two cycles of the story and has its own tale that started before and goes on beyond the art of reading is slowly dying, it s an intimate ritual, a book is a mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us, when we read, we do it with all our heart and mind, and great read This is a book about books, a story about stories It starts and ends in a library of sorts, themes and plots are echoed across decades, tied together by actors who find their roles changing, and by a pen that links two cycles of the story and has its own tale that started before and goes on beyond the art of reading is slowly dying, it s an intimate ritual, a book is a mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us, when we read, we do it with all our heart and mind, and great readers are becomingscarce by the day Zaf n is a master of prose, he is eminently quotable even in translation The story is set in Barcelona and stretches from the turn of the 19th century to the sixties, though focusing most heavily in post civil war Spain recovering in the 40s and 50s It s a bitter sweet story, as much about the slow acceptance of loss as about fighting against it or finding happiness Most of us have the good or bad fortune of seeing our lives fall apart so slowly we barely notice it The setting is vividly brought to life Many of the characters live in poverty or close to it, and the ventures into Paris bring to mind Orwell s descriptions Barcelona is the star of the piece though one of the many places in Barcelona where the nineteenth century had not yet been served its eviction notice Shadow of the Wind is a love story, or two love stories, or several love stories to be honest We focus on Daniel, a young man growing up, and becoming obsessed with the story of another man, a writer whose young life decades earlier is unfolded for us through Daniel s investigations Both of them finding difficult and potentially tragic love Her voice was pure crystal, transparent and so fragile I feared that her words would break if I interrupted them The Shadow of the Wind has a lot to say about books and reading, rather less to say about the business of writing though Books are mirrors you only see in them what you already have inside you Novels, as everyone knew, were for women and for people with nothing better to do It s a complex interwoven plot, not without threat and violence, with a series of reveals that undermine what you think you know.A fascinating and lovely read, and a nice break from the fantasy books that I have read almost exclusively over the last 5 years.Give it a try Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes 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 to 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 be a writer you have to make everything as descriptive as possible, and then he decided that meant that each noun had to be modified three, always three, and only three times Argh.Second The author must have looked up every word he could in a thesaurus and chosen the one that was most obscure or had the most syllables Who is he trying to impress Maybe it was the translator s fault Maybe not Either way, this style is used even when describing what the ten year old character sees and says Which brings me to my next point.Third Every character in this book speaks with exactly the same voice All you hear is the authors voice, not any different characterizations And that voice demonstrates the problems I described in my first and second points But that s not all There is an even worse, and definitely fatal, problem with this book.Fourth This story was written as a mystery Nine years lurch by as the character slowly tries to unravel the details of the main conflict I actually don t have a problem with this in theory Unfortunately, after three quarters of the book, and numerous new characters, the mystery is no clearer So what does the author do about it He has one of the characters write a 30 page or so letter to the main character telling him what really happened Ta da The mystery is solved The author is such a terrible writer that he can t even solve his own mystery He has to use a cheap cop out to clear everything up I can t respect that Sorry I can t believe so many other people have Boycott the book Really 4.5 5 starsAn astonishingly engaging story within a story type of novel the passion for books and reading introduced in the first chapter was just an appetizer before all the interconnecting twists and turns.I ve been having a lot of good lucks lately in reading books outside of epic fantasy my favorite sub genre The Shadow of the Wind is a novel that I ve heard so many positive things about for several years it is one of those books that s often recommended by readers, regardless of their ma 4.5 5 starsAn astonishingly engaging story within a story type of novel the passion for books and reading introduced in the first chapter was just an appetizer before all the interconnecting twists and turns.I ve been having a lot of good lucks lately in reading books outside of epic fantasy my favorite sub genre The Shadow of the Wind is a novel that I ve heard so many positive things about for several years it is one of those books that s often recommended by readers, regardless of their main preferences sub genre of reading And now that I ve read it, I can understand why it received all the critical acclaims Sheer brilliance in storytelling and writing aside, The Shadow of the Wind is a book about books, a story about a story, and it would be difficult for readers who obviously love books of all kind of genre to resist the charm in the narrative I m going backward here because The Shadow of the Wind was published first, but if you ve read and loved The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow, I think you re going to love this novel as well These two books have many similarities in themes and their approaches to the passion for books and its mystery coming of age centered plotlinesIn the shop we buy and sell them, but in truth books have no owner Every book you see here has been somebody s best friendThe Shadow of the Wind is the first book in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books quartet by Carlos Ruiz Zaf n The story takes place in Barcelona, 1945, and here s the short premise of the novel On his eleventh birthday, Daniel Sempere wakes up and finds out that he cannot remember the face of his mother any To cheer him up, Daniel s father takes him to the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library that holds the books forgotten by the world, just sitting there waiting for the right reader to choose a book that will hold a special meaning to them Daniel selects a book titled The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax, and he falls in love with it immensely, then he seeks other books written by Julian only to find out that someone has been destroying every book written by the author He may just be holding the last copy of the author s work, and he s trying to solve the mystery behind this bizarre incidentEvery 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 Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthensAs I mentioned, The Shadow of the Wind is a story within a story It tells a coming of age story of Daniel Sempere as he tries to unravel the mystery behind Julian Carax and the disappearances of his novels Despite this novel has been published forthan a decade almost two decades in its original language now, I somehow was able to approach this book knowing close to nothing I plan to keep it that way for future readers who stumbles upon this review Let me, however, say that I m pleasantly surprised by how much I grew to care about the characters in this novel, especially for Daniel and Fermin Fermin is hands down my favorite character of the book Daniel s story and the secrets he unravels continuously gripped me, Fermin s personality plus his dialogues are so intoxicating, and most of all the friendship these two nurtured is incredibly heartwarmingOne of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn t have to understand something to feel it By the time the mind is able to comprehend what has happened, the wounds of the heart are already too deepI haven t been to Barcelona, what I know of it, I see, learn, and heard from other people and other media However, there s a super atmospheric quality that s so immersive to Zaf n s writing when I was reading the book, it feels like I was truly there I m in a similar situation with my friends, in that I haven t read the book in its original language, and because of this, I can t gauge the accuracy of the translations But as far as reading the book in English goes, the translation done by Lucia Graves flows absolutely well There were a few flashback sections where I found the book to be slightly uneven in its pacing, but for the majority of the novel, Zaf n s prose and Graves translations were extraordinarily compelling and accessible I m serious I lost count on how many passages I highlighted because they were so well written and relatable to meBea says that 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 already carry inside us, that when we read, we do it with all our heart and mind, and great readers are becomingscarce by the dayPicture The Shadow of the Wind by Vincent ChongThere s simply no scarcity of insightful and wise remarks within this novel that brims with resonating themes of growing up, love, found family, friendship, and books In equal measure, it s also filled with revenge, loss, and tragedy The Shadow of the Wind is an amazing piece of literature that begins and concluded its story in a richly satisfying way Do note that although this is the first book of a quartet, the novel worked wonderfully well as a standalone I m actually surprised that there are threebooks in the series If any one of the sequels is as good as this one, then I know I m in forunforgettable stories to readI was raised among books, making invisible friends in pages that seemed cast from dust and whose smell I carry on my hands to this dayYou can order the book from Book Depository Free shipping You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions Special thanks to my Patrons on Patreon for giving me extra support towards my passion for reading and reviewing My Patrons Alfred, Devin, Hamad, Joie, Mike, Miracle, Nicholas. 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 notso 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 notso The writing is impeccable The weaving together of so many storylines and characters is remarkable I can t gush enough about this book, so I will just say EVERYONE GO READ THIS NOW PLEASE You won t regret it.First read May 12 17, 2014 Everything about this novel was captivating The story follows Daniel, a young boy, whose father is a bookseller He is taken to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and allowed to pick out one book that he is expected to save or, in a sense, remember throughout his life He picks a novel by Julian Carax titled The Shadow of the Wind, and is immediately sucked into the story From there, the novel follows Daniel as he begins to learnabout the illusive author, Julian Carax, and about the web of lies and intrigue that he gets trapped in.The writing is absolutely gorgeous The book is full of incredible quotes, wonderful, beautifully strung out sentences I never underline in books This book, however, required a pencil at the ready at all times, because I couldn t pass up underlining some amazing parts.Though the plot isn t super strong, there is a mysterious and magical quality to the book that propels you through it, page after page The characters feel so real, and thus their lives seem to be playing out for you in such a real way that you are concerned and invested, wanting to know what happens next.I loved the setting of Barcelona This is also a book translated from Spanish, which is evenimpressive on the part of the translator I think the translation was incredible.Overall, this is a book that I will return to again in my life, I am sure It is captivating and a new favorite 5 5 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 ne 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, breathe in the perfume of those pages, tell your friends and family you re going to be busy for a few days and disappear into it


About the Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Carlos Ruiz Zaf n was a Spanish novelist Born in Barcelona in 1964, he lived in Los ngeles, United States, since 1994, and worked 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 threeyoung 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 inthan 40 countries and have been translated intothan 30 languages.


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