The Shadow of the Wind
The Cemetery of Forgotten Books 1
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
A stunning literary thriller in the tradition of Umberto Eco. The discovery of a forgotten book leads to a hunt for an elusive author who may or may not still be alive...
Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'cemetery of lost books', a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out 'La Sombra del Viento' by Julian Carax.
But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find. Then, one night, as he is wandering the old streets once more, Daniel is approached by a figure who reminds him of a character from La Sombra del Viento, a character who turns out to be the devil. This man is tracking down every last copy of Carax's work in order to burn them. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to find out the truth behind the life and death of Julian Carax and to save those he left behind. A page-turning exploration of obsession in literature and love, and the places that obsession can lead.
I had high hopes for this book. I imagined something inspiring, vivid and possibly a little magical. What I got was a macabre adolescent phantom of the Opera in Barcelona. I finished it but only as an exercise in self discipline.
All Time favourite
This is one of my all time favourites. If you love Barcelona and gripping thriller then this is for you. Please also read The Angels Game as it's just as good.
Shadow of the Wind
One of my favourite books.. I was gripped from the start. Disappointed when it came to an end!