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Shadow of the Wind 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 879 reviews.
William_BN More than 1 year ago
I have over 4,000 books in my personal library. I have been an voracious reader for almost 60 years and I am not sure I have ever read a book that has as many good things going for it as The Shadow of the Wind. Not only are the characters interesting but there are so many really good ones. When the movie is made of this novel, the actors are going to be standing in line for any part they can get. A love story, an historical mystery, a story about a boy growing up and his relationship with his father, a great supporting cast all woven together by a superb storyteller. I want someone to take me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. I want to wander the shelves and find my Shadow of the Wind. If you like to read you are going to love this book, I did. An A+
WineGirlEB More than 1 year ago
The writing style, the characters, a plot that continually keeps you guessing...I am scouring book lists to find another book that even comes close to this one. And I am picky! I would find it hard to find a book that flows so smoothly.
Theawakening More than 1 year ago
Though I may be young, I'm no idiot. A lot of novels that come out these days reek of our modern day, which isn't always what we are wanting.

The way this book is written takes you to another world... you yourself feel consumed by the story and it's events. In the beginning of the story, young Daniel is brought to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books- a resting place of sorts for books who only weather the times due to it's walls. His father tells him that every book in that cemetery has been somebody's best friend. Daniel is to choose a book of his choice, and to be it's protector, to ensure it remains alive has it has in the Cemetery of Forgotten books. He chooses "The Shadow of the Wind" by Julian Carax.

In a way... you increasingly feel as if you are this books protector, something in my mind that could only be done through the words of a masterpiece. And as the story progresses, one cannot help but to feel as if they've come to know Barcelona, and it's saintly, or otherwise, people.

If you are wanting a good book to read, I assure you by picking up this book will bring you no form of regret nor sense of lost time. It's truly a book that by means unknown to you entices you until your spellbound, which in all honestly is accomplished by the first page.

Pick up a copy... you will not mourn the loss of the few dollars, rather wonder how less then fifteen dollars reaped such an excellent read.
Mark1045 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read in terms of plot, character development and the quality of the writing. Carlos Ruiz Zafon has written an absorbing and compelling story that I could not put down. The translator did a masterful job. Simply a great book.
Devine_Omega More than 1 year ago
From cover to cover this book engrosses it's audience with beautifully written literature. I casually came across this book through this site and I devoured the first half of the book within the first night. I thoroughly and utterly recommend this book since it is unparallel to any other book you will ever encounter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree that the story did pull you in. But I read aloud in my head (a contradiction in terms, I know) and found it difficult to pronounce many of the names and places in the book. Too, at times, it seemed he went off on a path so far at times, that I had to go back a few pages to try to remember what he was writing about in the first place. All and all though, it was a very good book and a recommended read. I will say though that I was able to figure out some of the surprises, including the relationship between two of the main characters. I can see why Stephen King liked this book, as he's famous for going off on tagents for pages and pages and losing the reader at times.
Greenwolfen More than 1 year ago
I've always loved reading, I can't go about life without having a book at hand. I also find myself to be picky about some books, so I came to the conclusion that I would never have a favorite. I was wrong. From the first sentence to the very last, this book had me under it's spell. I would refuse to sleep at night so I could further indulge my need to find out what would happen next. I have never read such a beautiful story in my life. Carlos Ruiz Zafon is an amazing author, and Lucia Graves did an equally amazing job with the translation. I got into The Shadow of the Wind thinking it would be very serious, but to my surprise, I could not have imagined how hilarious the dialogue or story would get at certain points when I first opened it. This book has a little of everything so anyone can enjoy it. I cannot recommend this novel enough, and all I know is that I will continue to read Mr. Zafon's stories until I die, and hope that someday I find a place like the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.
regina77004 More than 1 year ago
I think any reader can relate: "...few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart. Those first images, the echo of words we think we have left behind, accompany us throughout our lives and sculpt a place in our memory to which, soon or later-no matter how many books we read, how many worlds we discover, or how much we learn or forget - we wil return." Any avid reader can read those words and instantly name the book that for him/her fits that description. Now imagine that after that transformative experience you cannot find another copy of that book or other work by the author. Not only are you disappointed that you can't read more of his/her work, but you realize you can't introduce your new find to others. That is the situation Daniel is in after discovering The Shadow in the Wind by Julian Carax in the Cemetary of Forgotten Books. But, Daniel is undeterred. He is determined to learn the history of Carax. Daniel uncovers a tragic life undone by a web of secrets that eerily parallel his own life. As Daniel peels back each layer of Carax's life, the more in danger his life becomes. <br/><br/>I have seen very mixed reviews. I thought it was an excellent book. I loved the thought that books carry a bit of the soul of the author and that words are important. I thought it had a good suspense throughout the book, wonderful characters, and a great stoyline. My only complaint (very minor) was how random freindship with Fermin. I loved the character of Fermin, but how many business owners are really going to hire a homeless guy off the street that no one knows anything about?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The librarian where I work highly recommended this one. It started out great with me highlighting several passages of intriguing depth, however, the story began to grow mundane and predictable as the main character's life "shadowed" the fictitious author's life. The earlier quality of writing was not seen again for the remainder of the book, and I feel that there were several missed opportunities to truly make the reader more invested in the characters.
ReadermomDG More than 1 year ago
This book was very well written and original in its content. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the author's next book.
AnnieSD More than 1 year ago
A true work of literature but in a good way. The main character, Daniel, is lovable and believable ~ the story is interesting and intriguing. I have enjoyed several of B&N recommendations (see below). I enjoy many types of books but few are as memorable as this.
Amysmithers More than 1 year ago
This book was very different! Beautifully written, but very slow to start. I thought that it would be mostly about the cemetery of forgotten books mentioned in the synopsis, but it was about a boy investigating the mysterious disappearance of an obscure author. It is also about TRAGIC love and how it can destroy someone's life completely due to ignorance. What I did not like about the book was the villain- a VILE police officer and the ending was too rushed after such a sloooow storyline.
Mercutio701 More than 1 year ago
This book quickly became my favorite book. I started it one evening and just couldn't put it down. It has been a long time since a book had gripped me, nay, made me so obsessive that I had to continue reading it. Zafon's description of the cemetary for books is definately a place I'd love to visit before I die. Enchanting and thrilling all at once.
Meme1JH More than 1 year ago
Carlos Ruiz Zafon is an amazing author. His writing style is captivating and beautiful. He holds you throughout an off beat tale with fantastic character development and vivid imagery. No matter where the story took you, you are willing to buy into it because Zafon is so cohesive. Be prepared to cancel your plans, as once you start this book, you will not be able to put it down, you are simply too invested in the characters not to find out their fate. I recommend this book to all of my friends. After reading it I could not wait for his next book, Angel's Game, to be translated into English as well.
Malel More than 1 year ago
This book was selected for my book club by a gal who said it was in her 10 top reads ever...well I have to agree completely-it's got everything in it-suspense, mystery, great characters, and it all takes place in one of most amazing cities in the world-Barcelona! I highly suggest this book to anyone who loves to read-it will quickly become one of your favorites!
READ_the_BOOK More than 1 year ago
This book was absoulutly amazing, a great read for more mature readers, such as the very mature young adults- adults, due to some questionable scenes, but overall I loved the writing style, characters, conflicts, love intrests and the story underneath all the rest about a boy growing into a man through painful experiences that make him stronger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The mission of reading The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon was handed to me as a summer assignment for school. Being an athlete as well as a high school senior this task seemed to be more of a chore than anything. The beginning of the book did not heighten my interest as it started off slow, but the book eventually blossomed into an amazing story, captivating my attention. Zafon offers the reader a tremendous story of mystery, love, and symbolism that keeps the mind thinking while filling it with contentment. I found my hands to be tied to this book as it seemed to follow me wherever I went. Overall this was a very good read and a great way to spend your free time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of the above ingredients makes this a book that you can not put down. It's an excellent read.
gzbike More than 1 year ago
I read this for my book club and we all enjoyed the the plot twists and the characters. Carlos Ruiz Zafon keeps you intrigued throughout the story. The descriptions of Barcelona reminded me of a trip that I made there. For anyone that loves books this is a must read.
songcatchers More than 1 year ago
The Shadow of the Wind is a labyrinthine mystery surrounding a book called.....The Shadow of the Wind. Someone is systematically finding and destroying every copy of this book and all the others written by the same author, Julian Carax. Daniel, a young man in 1945 Barcelona is dedicated to finding out this mystery no matter the cost. As Daniel slowly unravels the puzzle of Carax and his books, we see the similarities and parallels between Daniel and Julian Carax. This is a tale of love and loss, murder and madness. It's filled with intriguing characters and the almost tangible atmosphere of Barcelona. In the words of Stephen King, The Shadow of the Wind is "one gorgeous read."
Monopolylife More than 1 year ago
Hidden in the back streets of Barcelona is the Cemetery of Lost Books a storehouse for out-of-print books, rescued by book lovers. Here Daniel Sempere, a ten year old, is allowed to choose a book and finds, "The Shadow of the Wind", by Julián Carax. While searching information about the author, Julian discoveres that he has the last known copy. Lain Coubert, a stranger, is out to destroy Carax's work completely. (In Carax's book, Laín Coubert, is painted as the Devil.) During the next ten years, Daniel begins to look into Carax's life, putting together, secrets and tragedies that followed Carax's life and work. By doing this, Daniel, stirs up memories and vendettas that place in doubt his own safety. He also discovers things between the author's life and his own. Wanting to learn more, Daniel brings on the wrath of more real enemies than did Coubert, including a policeman with secrets of his own. Daniel is a typical teenager, very naive and romantically slow. Losing his mother when he was young, women are strange creatures to him. Even with this Daniel, like Carax, will risk his life for the sake of women he could never have. She comes from money while Daniel's father runs a small bookshop and they do not have much. The novel is wonderful in the way that Zafon combines both worlds. I was amazed in the way the book draws you in. It is a book that once you start is hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Borders employee recommended this book to me. Great book. Very well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read. It's gripping to the last moment. It is a book I will have to read a few times just to capture all the details I missed during the first read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got it as a present and WHAT A PRESENT!!, this is the best book i have ever read. I almost couldn't stop. it took me 3 days to read it and when i finally got to the last page i felt kind of empty..thinking and now what??...when i am going to get something as good as this?.. EXCELENT BOOK.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book over three years ago. Whenever I see this book on display at B&N, I stop shoppers to recommend that they buy it. Even to this very day there's only been a few that i have read nearly as good...