Book Review : The Shadow Of The Wind By Carlos Ruiz Zafón


Book Summary from Goodreads:

Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

I have mixed feelings about this book.

On one hand it is a builds a good gothic atmosphere for book lovers. I will remember it for a long time and on the other hand it was slow placed. In between the book I would find myself thinking as to where it is headed.Too many sub plots, too many characters. The mystery is unveiled through other people’s life story. The worst is that the final mystery is solved through a very long letter!

There are a lot of quotes worth remembering and interesting dialogues. My favourite character was Fermin, a bit over the top but very likeable. Another noteworthy character was Fumero, evil personified!

I love the way the book gives a sense of the civil war years in Spain. Would have liked it more if there was more about the book cemetery. That was at the book start and it made the book very interesting. This book is also tittles as, “The Cemetery of Forgotten Books #1”. There is prequel to this book, “The Angel’s Game” in which the author has written more about the cemetery of forgotten books. “The Prisoner Of Heaven”, the next in the series is described sequel as well as a prequel.

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