The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind

Book - 2004
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Oct 29, 2017

This artistically written novel is a Gothic tale of post-war Barcelona. Within this modern literary masterwork, *The Shadow of the Wind* is actually a book within the book, and that book is "about accursed books, about the man who wrote them, about a character who broke out of the pages of a novel so that he could burn it, about a betrayal and a lost friendship. It's a story of love, of hatred, and of the dreams that live in the shadow of the wind."

Oct 18, 2017


Oct 17, 2017

I was enthralled by this book from beginning to end. I cannot accurately described how this book has left me feeling. I feel as if I lived an entire lifetime while reading it. It is a story within a story within a story. Every night I read it (which wasn't many because I finished it so rapidly), my dreams were filled with the characters from this book. I would wake up in the middle of the night, exhausted, but I would reach for the book because despite my exhaustion, I did not want to pass at the chance to read a chapter or two before returning to my dreams.........

THIS IS A MUST READ. I literally cannot stop my brain from recalling every little detail of this story. I will be distracted at work for a few days clearly! I know my review is vague, but if you love books, this book will make you love books even more than you thought possible.

AL_RACHEL Oct 11, 2017

Though the writing is this book was absolutely beautiful, I found the story to be predictable. Like watching my least favorite type of movie, I found myself grimacing while watching the characters make predictably horrible decisions with their lives.

Sep 17, 2017

Once I got started, I could barely put this book down let alone go to sleep when the hour became late. Writing exquisite, full of life, vivid descriptions, well developed characters, intrigue... The story of Daniel, Julien, Fermin and many more as they discover mysteries of the past/present. A book within a book!

Aug 16, 2017

If I could give this one ten stars, I would do so.
An early quote: " -- read the first few lines and before I knew what was happening, I had fallen right into it."
That's exactly what happened to me ....
This book is so many things: A murder mystery; a paean to a time and place; a coming-of-age story; and a literary masterpiece. The twists and turns of plot are mind-bending; I would defy anyone reading the first 100 pages to come close to predicting where the story will lead. Zafón has crafted some of the most compelling characters I've encountered for a long time, including Fumero, surely the most convincing of villains.
Definitely in the same league with Les misérables or A Tale of Two Cities in its power and scope. And the best novel I've read in many years.

AL_LAURA Jul 30, 2017

A cemetery of books. A twisting city. An obscure author. All shrouded in a mystery that a young man is desperate to solve, even with danger at every turn. One of my favorite books this year.

AL_JENNY Jun 15, 2017

Set in Barcelona in the early part of the 20th century, this novel crosses generations to deliver an elegant and witty tale of revenge, murder, mystery and above all love.

charmaine_library Apr 11, 2017

One of my all-time favorite works, this novel is written beautifully, and captivates the reader right from the very beginning. I am eagerly anticipating his next novel, (and the conclusion to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series), The Labyrinth of Spirits (English translation) in 2018.

Sep 27, 2016

This was a beautifully written book and well worth the read. I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars because I felt the narration broke down toward the end.

Aug 30, 2016

A gorgeously-written story set in early 20th-century Barcelona and filled with lovable characters. I wanted to climb inside this book and live in its world of literature, history, romance and mysterious, magical shadows. I can't wait to read Zafon's other novels!

AL_TATYANA Aug 30, 2016

It's been a couple of years since I read this book but I sill remember the effect it made on me - beautiful, mystic, mesmerizing, epic.
Definitely belongs to Magical Realism.

Aug 16, 2016

Definitely a must read! A romance mystery that has become one of my favorite novels instantly. I highly recommend this page turner. I was on the edge of my seat all time time.

AL_HANNAH Aug 03, 2016

I was truly amazed by the flow and beautiful language used throughout, to make this powerful story!

Jun 11, 2016

This is in my top five favorite books of all time. I read it on a whim after seeing a comment on the library's "What are you reading?" FB post. I'm so glad I did. I cannot recommend it enough!

May 09, 2016

I didn't know what to do with myself when I finished this novel. Absolutely one of the best books I've ever read. The language and vocabulary is as intoxicating as "Sophie's Choice." If you haven't read this yet, drop what you are doing and find a copy.

Dec 09, 2015

While reading a review of "Angels Game" realized I have read this book, quite awhile ago, before the Library System had this review area.

Really beautiful writing, many twists and complex. Agree with writer Kregal, this is a must for Club Dumas fans. Great read!

Aug 18, 2015

Beautiful writing, but as sloooow as George Eliot.

Jul 31, 2015

Wow, where was this book for most of my life! If you are a fan of "Club Dumas" or anything by Umberto Eco, this will be a jewel. Sad, funny, scary, curious, and everything else.

sorenkrane Dec 26, 2014

If ever there was a book to fall in love with, fall in love with this one. The writing is rich and flowery, the story is dark and complex. Thoroughly, from beginning to end, I was captivated by the beautiful structure. I have recommended this to all my reader friends. For the book lover. Read it in two days. Incredible.

Nov 23, 2014

Loved reading this book so much, so sorry it had to end! It's full of mystery and secrets, a Cemetery of Forgotten Books (!), and a missing author. This fictional Barcelona comes alive, and Carlos Ruiz Zafon has even hand drawn a map for us. Very enjoyable and satisfying read.

Nov 21, 2014

Excellent story and well-written. I highly recommend it.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Nov 19, 2014

Drama, suspense, tragedy, political intrigue...and a fine writing style, fast-paced and compelling. What more could you want?

Aug 04, 2014

This book has everything. A real thriller with love, murder, suspense. Very well written. I didn't want it to end!

KateHillier Jun 24, 2014

All points to the author and the translator for the writing. It is gorgeous, florid, and very dramatic. There a bunch of lines I'd love to share here but I'll leave you to discover them on your own. I started out loving it and then it just seemed to drag on a bit, the only thing that really kept me going was the writing. The mystery was very neatly done up through mass information dumps throughout the book. It just got a bit much as time went on.

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