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Carlos Ruiz Zafon - The Shadow of the Wind

Top 10 ever. Our hero Daniel Sempere in 1937 Barcelona, embarks on an innocent inquiry that leads him through great discovery, love, betrayal, friendship, tragedy and redemption. All told with a style as easy on your soul as perhaps, Sarah Gruen, only a tad more cerebral.

Reading this virtually guarantees I'll pick up The Angels Game. I first discovered the novel when I found The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Stupidly, I bought Kavalier and left Shadow of the Wind for later. A pleasing discovery on the book was an endorsement by Stephen King who very seldom lends his voice to another novels cover. King had this to say of Shadow of the Wind, "One gorgeous read". King was dead on.

One word, if you read this, pay attention. There are two stories in one and they intertwine, as do some of the characters in each. Pay attention.

Randy Schultz
4 years ago


Woops, the book was titled "The Shadow of the Wind", hmm an edit feature would be good...
Randy Schultz
4 years ago
Randy, there is an edit feature to all submitted messages, available only to the author of the post.
Once you have returned to the thread you have posted in, click on the thread title, which in your case is Carlos Ruiz Zafon. That will take you to the full list of posts in that thread, & clickable 'edit', 'delete' & 'up' buttons.
By clicking on edit, you can add text to your original post.

Anyway.....I must agree with you totally about The Shadow of the Wind.
It was wonderful. It gets a bit tricky to follow in parts, but well worth staying with it.
To all fellow moochers, if you can get hold of a copy, do so & read it with relish. It isn't even in my usual genre of reading, but I can't say what genre it belongs in. It really is a book for all tastes.
It was fantastic!!

4 years ago
Thanks Michele, I've edited with prejudice. Have you read any of his other stuff? The Angels Game? The Prince of Mist?
Randy Schultz
4 years ago
Hi again Randy.
No, I haven't read any of his others, Angels is in Mt TBR though.

Ooohhh......I hadn't heard of Prince of Mist.
(Trots off to Amazon & Google books for a look at that one)

4 years ago
I just finished The Reader by Bernhard Schlink. It is perhaps one of the best books I have ever read. So powerful.
Kiki Ramsey
4 years ago

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