The Shadow of the WindBook - 2005
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Exciting, suspenseful story set in Barcelona. The plot is full of Gothic elements and is a loving tribute to this beautiful Spanish city. This is the first book in the series "Cemetery of Forgotten Books," which includes "The Angel's Game," "The Prisoner of Heaven," ... Read More »
A literary mystery: someone is systematically destroying every copy of every book written by Julian Carax, but why?
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.
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.
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.
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A young boy is shown a secret sanctuary for forgotten books by his father. He finds a captivating book that he cannot put down. Once finished he is determined to read other books the author has written. But someone is burning every book he ever wrote. Daniel is determined to uncover the mystery behind the book and sets off on a journey that will bring new friends, danger, romance and adventure. Join Daniel as he discovers what really happened to Julian Carax.
In a Barcelona that is still recovering from the Spanish Civil War, a boy named Daniel becomes entranced by a book named The Shadow of the Wind written by an obscure author named Julian Carax. However, as he rabidly searches for more of his books, he comes to discover that someone is systematically destroying every book written by Carax. The identity of this mysterious author lies at the heart of a tale filled with such intrigue, murder, heartbreak, and madness. Daniel realizes that someone is willing to go to any lengths to keep it hidden, and he is prepared to go to the same lengths to uncover the truth.
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There are so many things in this book I would like to remember, like this one for e.g. " Books are mirrors - you only see in them what you already have inside you."
There are worse prisons than words Daniel