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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For dreamers and lovers Oct. 23 2007
I found this book entirely by acccident, in a shopping mall bookstore where I was killing time before catching a bus. I wandered all the way into the Z's, way over in the back corner behind a pile of boxes, and reached for the very last book on the very last shelf. I was hooked on page 2, standing right there in the bookstore, holding my breath and thinking: "Where the heck have you been all my life?"

The plot has been described by other reviewers, but my main impression after reading "The Shadow of the Wind" was of emerging from a strange, beautiful, luminous dream, the kind of dream that leaves you blinking at the world and noticing poetry in the most trivial things around you. This is a book for dreamers and lovers, for people who can still remember being seventeen and deliriously in love, for those of you who smile at the full moon even when they're in a hurry.

Lucia Graves' translation is nothing short of miraculous. I don't know enough Spanish to pass a technical judgment on it, but the result in English is a thing of true beauty.

The storyline itself is a page-turner, but you'll want to pace yourself just to make it last longer.

One last comment: I've heard this book compared to "The Name of the Rose" and "One Hundred Years of Solitude". Don't let it scare you. This one will take you by the heart and take you on a flight you'll never forget.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read That Could Have Been A Great Novel May 5 2004
Reading "The Shadow Of The Wind" was both a delight and a disappointment. This novel had the potential to be excellent literary fiction. At times Carlos Ruiz Zafron's work reminded me of Gabriel Garcia Marquez' and Jorge Luis Borges,' and my expectations rose dramatically as I began to hope for more than a good read. Instead of great literature, however, the novel became an overlong, predictable bestseller, ("bestseller" and "great" are not necessarily an oxymoron), with a most original premise, some brilliant passages and many flaws.
Sr. Ruiz Zafon's extraordinary idea of creating a Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a labyrinthian library where each book awaits someone to choose it and give it another chance to live by making it part of the new owner's life, gave me chills. I thought Zafon's novel might indeed make an impact on my own life. There existed a possibility, as I read the first chapters, that I might be able to list this as one of my own favorite works of fiction. Unfortunately, my disappointment when reaching the novel's conclusion overshadowed the book's many positive elements.
Daniel Sempere, the young boy who fears he has forgotten the image of his dead mother's face, and his compassionate antiquarian book dealer father, who introduces him to the book cemetery, are wonderful characters. Many of Ruiz Zafron's other characters are also memorable and unusual, especially Fermin, a former Republican agent who becomes a second father to Daniel, and Julian Carax, the author of the book Daniel chooses. Daniel's choice of books ultimately determines the course of his life as he tries to discover if the author is still alive and solve the multitude of mysteries surrounding him.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different world. June 21 2007
While the book is full of page-turning melodrama and intrigue, the real power of it lies in its ability to draw you into the world of Barcelona during that era. Having visited there in the past, the book was able to fully capture my imagination and take me away to enjoy the adventures of Daniel first hand.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem of Fiction From Pure Genius April 15 2007
"The Shadow of the Wind" is one of those rare books that entice readers to face their existential fears with the power of human dignity. Rather than describe the content of the story as other reviewers have so aptly done, I want to focus on the psychological fabric that Carlos Ruiz Safón weaves for us. As a clinical psychologist and author of a psychological novel, I can arguably state that Safón is one of the most gifted wordsmiths of this decade. And I dare say that, if he continues to develop his craft, he could inheret the best of Dumas and Proust for the twenty-first century.

Through his cast of characters, Safón explores the depth of evil, the bitter-sweetness of our first unrequited love, and the invincibility of the human spirit when confronted with darkness. Rather than feeling pity for the emotional and physical traumas that his characters endure, Safón exalts them to serve as examples of how honor overwhelms shame, and how forgiveness subdues bitter rage.

Safón's book exceeded my expectations and inspired me to become a better writer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chase that dream Dec 30 2006
By Mundoo
This book started off slowly for me and I nearly put it down at one point. I perservered and by about half-way found it a very engrossing story. I didn't see the twist coming and was pleased that Daniel pursued his dream. It was interesting how the characters from the past and the present all came together in the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid stuff March 2 2006
So many have likened THE SHADOW OF THE WIND to a few other books (McCrae's A TOUR OF SOUTHERN HOMES AND GARDENS was one, though I don't know why-another was ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE), that I had to check it out. Turns out that, while it does have excellent writing styles like those novels, the similarities end there. The plot is great: When Daniel is still a child, his father takes him to the Cemetary of Forgotten Books, a mysterious labyrinthine library filled with books from well-known novels to those that have faded into obscurity. He chooses a novel called "The Shadow of the Wind" by Julian Carax, a writer of dark melodramas that never sold more than 100 copies. In the two decades since Carax's novels appeared in the 1920s and 1930s, they had gained a cult following in Barcelona, where Carax was raised and Daniel lives with his widowed father. Daniel vows to protect and cherish the novel so that it won't be totally forgotten. The plot is dense, the characters are very well developed, and the book is gripping from the very first page, such that you won't put it down until you have read the last sentence on the very last page. you cant get enough of the story, you keep on reading until your eyes are dry and hurt, but you wont put the book down. this is one of the books that I will likely read a second and maybe a third time. honestly, I think this is the best book I have ever read, certainly one of the best five books. the sad thing is, once you finish it, you are certain that the next book you will read will not be as good, and the one after neither. It is a jewel. Must also recommend THE THORN BIRDS as another great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lover of Books
An amazingly beautiful book. Great characters that you enjoy and that have the same love for books as we do. Very mysterious and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Cindy Beverly
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but took a long time to get interesting
It was a good read now that Im done.... I spend a long time contemplating if I should just give up on reading it because it didnt really draw me in that well. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Airhead456
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Finally decided to buy the book after borrowing it from friends for about the 5th time. Excellent read
Published 1 month ago by Victoria Chiwara
4.0 out of 5 stars amazing story line
I enjoyed this book very much. The descriptions of characters and settings were beautifully written. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carol Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it twice
I am not a reader twice as there are so many books I want to get to that I am impatient slowing my reading pace to re read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mary Sawyer author ;Beyond Me
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic
I read this book years ago in Spanish. Recently a good friend went to Barcelona and loved it. I decided to get this book for her so she would realize what a magical palce it really... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lamppu
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story- fascinating setting.
Recommend to anyone who likes well-written books. Hero and characters were likeable (or not) a bit of mystery, romance, slightly gothic and based on books and real places. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars I was in Barcelona and wandered into a small book shop...
I asked the clerk to help me find an english book - she recommnended Shadow of the Wind. I could not put it down! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Denise Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
I didn't expect this at all- a fantastic book that hit me with a great mix of magic realism and noir. What's not to love?
Published 7 months ago by Brad Micklea
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking
Someone previously said this book is for 'dreamers and lover' and I couln't agree more. I loved escaping into the the book's intriguing landscape with its enigmatic characters! Read more
Published 8 months ago by kelly
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