Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Shadow of the Wind

One of the best, most well-written books I have read in a long time!  A MUST READ!

ignore the "click to look inside" only image I could find (from Amazon)

Summary according to the author's website:

Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'cemetery of lost books', a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out LA SOMBRA DEL VIENTO by Julian Carax.

But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find. Then, one night, as he is wandering the old streets once more, Daniel is approached by a figure who reminds him of a character from LA SOMBRA DEL VIENTO, a character who turns out to be the devil. This man is tracking down every last copy of Carax's work in order to burn them. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to find out the truth behind the life and death of Julian Carax and to save those he left behind. A page-turning exploration of obsession in literature and love, and the places that obsession can lead.

Here is a link to the author's website: Carlos Ruiz Zafon 
Zafon is so interesting because he has actually composed music to go along with the book and I think the thing I most enjoyed about the other than the characters and twists and turns of the story, was that most all of the places he writes about in Barcelona are real places (there is actually a map on his website of the places he refers to).  JB and I took a trip to Barcelona a few years ago and although I can't recall those exact places, I could picture the streets and how the must have also looked back in the day the book is set.

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