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This story has so many layers, and my feelings about the book are the same.
This is one of those books when I was reading, I enjoyed it. It was a beautifully written, extravagantly told story, of people whose lives are full of tragedy and sadness. Julian’s past and Daniel’s present lives parallel with the similarities of their choices, making it almost frustrating as we see tragedy ready to repeat itself, hoping that Daniel will recognize it too.
When I wasn’t reading it(and sometimes while reading), I felt that it was taking too long to get to where it was going. It seemingly meandered off course, for chapter after chapter, and I hoped that these side jaunts into these other character’s lives would pay off. Which they do! All the meandering resolves itself in the end (even some of the stuff that didn’t seem important).
It’s difficult to put into words, a review for a book like this. I can’t quite give it a five because I didn’t always enjoy the style, and I felt after all that meandering through Julian’s life, Daniel deserved a bit more time at the end. But a four seems too low for something that was so beautifully told. I will have to call it 4.75.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
A book about a book. Very engaging. I wish I could read the author the book is about.Published 4 months ago by Mr Donald D Wachenschwanz
I'm a mystery fan and this was on the reading list for my book club. Not my favorite. The book is very, very slow and the mystery solution is obvious very soon into the story. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Russ C
I wish it had been more about the cemetery of lost books. Still, a good story.Published 6 months ago by Wendi Laing
Bought this book on kindle... have tried 4 times to get into the story.... found for some reason that I did not like any of the characters in the book, so continuing on was not... Read morePublished 15 months ago by roebag
Loved it! The first of Zafon's books that I had read and now I am hooked. A wonderful story of adventure and magic and suspense. It will keep you reading into the wee hours. Read morePublished 18 months ago by ZoeKegan
So beautiful to read. The translation is so good I didn't know it was originally written in Spanish. It's the kind of book you will want to read in one sitting.Published 18 months ago by Isabel Drinwkwalter