"If you thought the true gothic novel died with the nineteenth century, this will change your mind...This is one gorgeous read."--Stephen King. "Anyone who enjoys novels that are scary, erotic, touching, tragic, and thrilling should pick up "The Shadow of the Wind.""--The Washington Post."If you thought the true gothic novel died with the nineteenth century, this will change your mind...This is one gorgeous read."--Stephen King. "Anyone who enjoys novels that are scary, erotic, touching, tragic, and thrilling should pick up "The Shadow of the Wind.""--The Washington Post.Read Less
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My wife and I stumbled across this book and could not put it down. We have since purchased Two other books by the same author with the same results.
Mar 8, 2012
Beautifully written, full of atmosphere.
Robert Graves' daughter translated this.
Jan 21, 2011
I ordered this because it was set in Barcelona, one of my favorite cities in the world. It got the feeling and ambiance of post-Civil-War Barcelona very well.
The heart of the mystery was a "magical realism" Library of Lost Books. Not much "magic realism" after that, but a lot of mystery, not my usual genre. But if it's yours and you like a foreign setting, you'll enjoy this book.
Edna M P
Nov 25, 2010
Shadow of the Wind
This book was an absolute treasure for avid book readers. It took place in Barcelona and you could just picture the buildings, streets and characters so clearly. The story begins with the adventure of a boy of eleven whom is given a choice of a book to choose and protect forever. He is so drawn into the story and it's author, it becomes an integral part of his growing years. Fantastic characterization and great storytelling with romance, history, mystery and intrigue.
Oct 14, 2010
Not my kind of novel, though intricate, interesting prose. I couldn't get in sympathy with the protagonist, nor adjust to the fantastic setting and plot. Not for me.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-02-16 Ruiz Zafon's novel, a bestseller in his native Spain, takes the satanic touches from Angel Heart and stirs them into a bookish intrigue ? la Foucault's Pendulum. The time is the 1950s; the place, Barcelona. Daniel Sempere, the son of a widowed bookstore owner, is 10 when he discovers a novel, The Shadow of the Wind, by Juli n Carax. The novel is rare, the author obscure, and rumors tell of a horribly disfigured man who has been burning every copy he can find of Carax's novels. The man calls himself Lain Coubert-the name of the devil in one of Carax's novels. As he grows up, Daniel's fascination with the mysterious Carax links him to a blind femme fatale with a "porcelain gaze," Clara Barcelo; another fan, a leftist jack-of-all-trades, Fermin Romero de Torres; his best friend's sister, the delectable Beatriz Aguilar; and, as he begins investigating the life and death of Carax, a cast of characters with secrets to hide. Officially, Carax's dead body was dumped in an alley in 1936. But discrepancies in this story surface. Meanwhile, Daniel and Fermin are being harried by a sadistic policeman, Carax's childhood friend. As Daniel's quest continues, frightening parallels between his own life and Carax's begin to emerge. Ruiz Zafon strives for a literary tone, and no scene goes by without its complement of florid, cute and inexact similes and metaphors (snow is "God's dandruff"; servants obey orders with "the efficiency and submissiveness of a body of well-trained insects"). Yet the colorful cast of characters, the gothic turns and the straining for effect only give the book the feel of para-literature or the Hollywood version of a great 19th-century novel. (Apr. 12) Forecast: Appealing packaging (a weathered, antique-look jacket), prepublication bookseller events and an eight-city author tour should give this an early boost, though momentum may flag down the stretch. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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