The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind

Paperback - 2004
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An international literary sensation, rights sold in more than 20 countries - about a boy's quest through the secrets and shadows of postwar Barcelona for a mysterious author whose book has proved as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget.
Publisher: New York : Penguin, c2004.
ISBN: 9781594200106
Characteristics: 486 pages ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Graves, Lucia


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mhplandrea Jun 29, 2018

Original language: Spanish

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Jul 17, 2018

When his father introduces ten-year-old Daniel to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and bids him select a title to adopt, ensuring that it is never forgotten (already possibly the most noble opening of a novel ever!), Daniel chooses 'The Shadow of the Wind,' and upon completing it becomes obsessed with learning more about its author, Julián Carax. However, Carax's identity proves enigmatic and, even more troubling, Daniel learns that someone has been burning all of Carax's works.

At its core, this is a captivating and beautiful literary mystery, full of surprising twists and turns. I don't read many works in translation and so have little basis for comparison, but it feels very well done.

Jul 10, 2018

One of my all-time favorite books. Haunting, beautifully written, complex characters and a book mystery.

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.

ArapahoeRachel 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.

ArapahoeJenny 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.

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Oct 13, 2018

Barcelona, 1915 to1956. Daniel a book dealer's son, mourning the death of his mother, find solace in a mysterious book, The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Cara . But when he seeks other books by the author he cannot find any nor the author.
Mysteries abound and secrets as well. 490 pages. Fasinating and fille with descriptions of Barcelona and Paris.

Jan 26, 2013

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.

notTom Dec 16, 2010

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.

Apr 10, 2010

Young man taken to tomb of books which holds 1 copy of every book - story follows - translated from Spanish


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nadian May 05, 2009

Sexual Content: Few descriptions of sexual scenes and some sexual language.

nadian May 05, 2009

Coarse Language: Brief moments of adult language.

nadian May 05, 2009

Violence: Many graphic descriptions of torture, violence and death.


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ArapahoeTatyana Aug 30, 2016

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."

SB2000 May 10, 2013

There are worse prisons than words Daniel

Mar 23, 2011

I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time.

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nadian May 05, 2009

nadian thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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