#TBT Review: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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Category: Adult Fiction

Published: 2004

Score: 5/5

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Synopsis: Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love

Reaction: This was a beautiful and moving book. A touching story about a boy and how he turns in to a man because of one book he finds.

It’s rich in description and emotion. Detailing how he feels at every turn and you feel it along with him. There is also a bit of a love story involved which is sad and sweet at the same time.

It’s a historic based story after WW2. There is an element of loss and suffering because of this. You read about what has happened to this city and how bit by bit they pick up the pieces to rebuild what life they can out of the ashes.

Plus it’s also about the love of a book. As a book lover myself I understand this and how one book can affect you in so many ways. It sticks with you and it’s all you think about it. You read it over and over again and still find something new every time.

That is also what it is like reading this book. It is one I will re-read over again and love it just as much as the first time. I have also read other books by this author (another #tbt post at some point) and he is a great writer. I look forward to more of his work.

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