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La sombra del viento (The Shadow of the Wind)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2008

    A masterpiece

    La Sombra del Viento is the story of the son of a bookstore owner, Daniel Sempere, who is sent to the cemetery of the books--a place where books go when no one reads them--and is allowed to pick one. He chooses La Sombra del Viento by Julian Carax. After he reads the book a mysterious ghostlike figures follows him and tries to burn/buy the book from him. Daniel restores the book to the book cemetery but is intrigued by everything he reads in the novel. As he tries to research Julian Carax's life, he meets a series of adorable and sinister characters. Soon the story of the novel becomes Daniel's reality. As the keeper in the cemetery tells Daniel: 'Books are the reflection of people's lives'. And another character who knew Carax tells Daniel that' words arethe most terrible prison.' Set in the terrible years of the Spanish Civil War in Barcelona, the bad guy is a mercenary killer who wants to kill Carax because he was made fun of as a child. Soon the characters are interchanged- Daniel's love for his girl, Bea becomes a parallel reality for Carax's love for his girl, Penelope. All concludes in a epic drama that will leave the reader wishing for more.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    Literature at it's very best!

    This is now my all time favorite book. It engages you right from the start! If you can read spanish, read it in spanish, since this is the language in which it was written originally. The english translation was good.....but nothing like the spanish version!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    Very entertaining and stimulating read

    Of the novels that I have read lately (as of July 2009), this one, by far, has been my favorite. Ruiz Zafon's book incorporates character development with suspense, along with humor and romance. The list of characters is long, and the reader would do well to keep a list in order not to forget who certain ones are as well as to visualize the relationships among them all (which may seem complicated at first, but really isn't once you've read the novel completely and look back on the plot development). Comments on the first page of the novel tell of possible influences by Eco, Garcia Marquez, and Borges, a comment with which I agree (especially in the case of Eco). Though it requires the reader to think in order to connect clues across time and space, it is not an overly-complicated novel and actually reads quite quickly. For those who wish to escape from the world of the 21st century and participate in the adventures of love and mystery of a young boy-becoming-man in Barcelona of the 1950s, I recommend this book. It has already become a bestseller in Spain, and my prediction is that it will become one of the classics of 21st-century Spanish literature.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

    Masterpiece

    This novel is without doubt one of the best novels in Spanish literature, full of love, suspense, mystery and magic, loved it from the very first word to the last, I will recommend this book for anyone that loves reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

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    A very good book. Worth the read.

    Well... Let's start off by noting that this book is not for everyone. There are those who will have romantic notions, based on the horribly poor synopsis provided by the publisher: "Barcelona, 1945-just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face." What on earth is one to glean from that? It's at best misleading. This is NOT some sweet story about a boy who's lost his mother, can't remember her face and goes on some mission of discovery about her. Not one bit.

    Yes, the 10-year-old boy is being raised by his father, a young widower. To give his son comfort and a hobby to distract him from a lonely childhood, he introduces him to literature, taking him to a secret library where a secret society of bibliophiles maintains a stash of presumably banned books in order to protect them and to carry on the mission to promote reading and similar intellectual pursuits. The boy is allowed to pick one book, and he soon devours it. He's so enraptured, that he wants to read more from the author, but he learns that the author's other books have disappeared or have been destroyed. Of course, this makes him even more curious, and he embarks on an 8 year quest to find out more about his favorite author and what happened. That journey is the story. The memory of the mother is now gone, for the most part.

    Let me also note that I read the Spanish version and not the translation. Wherever possible, I try to read in the original language because I have found that translators yield to interpretation instead of translation. They will embellish or change something based on their understanding of what the author said or what they think that the author meant to say. In other words, they try to insinuate themselves as author, and I've read translations that come nowhere near what the author wrote. It's not a case of interpretation either; rather, they just get it completely wrong. So, if you can, read the original version in the original language - if for no other benefit than language practice.

    The bulk of the action happens right after the period of the Spanish Civil War and World War 2. Spain was not a peaceful or friendly place to be in spite of the end of both conflicts. Books would be banned and/or burned. The people lived in a state of terror, for secret police found all kinds of reasons for sequestering people, and many disappeared. There weren't what one would call civil rights, and human rights were something enjoyed in other countries. This is the period of Francisco Franco, and many people suffered as petty rivalries were settled based on who was in power at the time. Zafon is honest and in some points pretty graphic. Where he does not provide detail, it's easy to fill in the blanks. Some acts of cruelty are almost too much to believe, but they did occur.

    Just be ready. For some, it will be graphic. But that's stating the obvious. To read a Spanish work is akin to reading a vampire or mummy book. What? You didn't expect a little blood and gore? Has no one heard of Goya?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2004

    Vale la pena

    Bien escrito y un cuento interesante. Sus descripciones de Barcelona y sus personajes son realisitcos.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2004

    Opinion de un Lector

    Es poco lo que se dice del el libro, en las opiniones que lel nates de obtenerlo>ES un libro que te cautiva desde la primera pagina y te obliga a no soltarlo,inclusive a salir a trabajar con el tiempo justo para llegar a tiempo.Al final te deja colgado,sobre que paso con el rsto de los personajes,ya uqe te narra que paso con cada uno de ellos.Sin duda lo recomiendo

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2004

    Excelente

    Excelente, nada mas que decir. De principio a fin un relato cautivador, personajes que se sienten casi como si estuvieran presentes contigo y un desenlace muy bien elaborado y poco comun. Te hace querer llorar y reir en la misma pagina.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2014

    Soul

    Watches. XD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2014

    Razorclaw

    Grins happy to...he walks up to her

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2014

    Aether

    ((Cat, preferrably)) "He<_>ll yes! I'm in heat. Please fill me up! Fu<_>ck me however you want!"

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    Amazing.....!Excellent......!Just enjoy it.....!

    Amazing.....!Excellent......!Just enjoy it.....!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Guide

    Cats go to results-- 2-7 Dogs go to results-- 8-14
    <br>My Cats will be result 3, My Dogs will be result 12
    <br>Rules-- Don't argue whine or pout. /
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    This is one of those books that will keep you up all night until

    This is one of those books that will keep you up all night until you are done reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Awesome novel

    This is a very well writen Novel. The use of language is smart, educated and funny which is not easy to achieve. The story is interesting and will keep you reading page after page

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Genial!

    Simplemente genial!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Excelente

    Altamente recomendable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Firtree

    Firtree nodded and padded out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Cherryhaert

    Gasps for breath and ran away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Sencillamente el libro es excelente, lo recomiendo ampliamente c

    Sencillamente el libro es excelente, lo recomiendo ampliamente como uno de los libros que no debes dejar de leer.

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