Character evelopment this could have been one of my favourite books Nevertheless I still enjoyed reading the Shadow of the Wind It s just a shame that it falls some way short of its potential There s probably nothing much I learned in the introspective sense but this is a novel like a novel ought to be This is an epic film on paper gloomy and engaging smokey noir with crumbling ruins young love isfigurment lust torturethe stuff of Dumas DuMauier and as of late The Historian I woke up at five am and had to sweet talk myself back to sleep all I wanted to o was read One Friday after work I took sanctuary in The Hotel Biron those little tables in the The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American Family dark pages flickering with candles andrank a glass of wine in solitude completely enthralled in the world of 1940 s BarcelonaI walked home from the train at night and found myself saying the characters names beneath my umbrella hoping no one would hear me talking to myself but they were uite simply too beautiful to ignore Julian Carax Daniel Semepere BeatrizTomas Penelope Aldaya and Nuria MonfortIn a movie this would be too many people but for this novel they were perfectly seamed each point of view entralling and taxing than the one beforeMost refreshing clearly the author wasn t poisoned with the Shadows in a Timeless Myth desire to simply keep the reader in theark instead this story with attention was something you could figure out because that s the way life is The mystery itself isn t supposed to shock you intensely into thinking a book is good that s a C++ Primer dirty trick Instead the STORY carried you You cared about the story and it was a tragity and mystery all the same simply because you were invested in these people and what became of them To know them so intimately from childhood to adulthood and old age to know them through variousegrees of point of view seperation to hear there is no Penelope and then to know she is a sister a love but to some non existantwell it s gothic literature at it s very bestWith a book like this I am almost ALMOST tempted to give up my most pedantic and pretentious thoughts paralells and character evelopment this story is a story and it s just that good It is the Phantom of the Opera those ark tunnels and pressure points a lake with candles or rawing rooms with no fire in the grate and crazy wives being stored in attics over head This is uite literally a timeless tale and yes reading it will make you smarter interested cultured the back of the book includes a walking tour of Barcelona I missed Barcelona but I am uite etermined to go now with my copy of A Shadow of the Wind in hand just like wanting esperately to visit Eastern Europe after I finished The Historian and see it all but importantly real life simply fades to black as you become completely totally and fantastically helpless and wrapped up in the lives of othersWhile there are fun hybrids Crash Topics in Calamity Physics for one which combine a courses authors uotes and plot lines from a thousand famous novels this book really makes that unnecessary This is a classic without any help no cheat cheats necessary Read it Read it Read itI write on books and other stuff at wwwsnapshotnarrativetumblrcom I read the opening few pages and instantly knew 3 things1 I was going to love this book2 I needed a whole pad of post its to mark uotes3 I wanted to read this in Spanish for the rich poetry the language would addA young boy Daniel is taken by his father to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and told to salvage a book which he must take stewardship over He choses a novel or maybe it chose him that touches him stirs his esire for literature and forever entangles him with the fate of the book and its author The strange author ied in poverty but now someone is seeking out all remaining copies of his unsuccessful novels to burn Daniel embarks on a mission to solve the mystery of the author s story being watched by a revengeful cop and the book burner himself As the story twists and slowly unravels he oesn t know whose account to trust or how it will affect his lifeWrapped up in the mystery is a message of eath o we live a full life or wander through it numb The Shadow of the Wind is an allegory for eath in a fictitious novel by the same title Shadow is a perfect symbol for eath evoking images of how All Lost Things death can be metaphorical instead of literal living shadows of lives chasing shadows ofreams being shadows of others letting memories shadow life Every character had shadows which could engulf them or they could overcome In this sense eath becomes a fate we chose ourselves For eath is not always the worst thing that can happen words are not always the worst prison Every time the word shadow was used I considered its illusion of One Man's Justice death It was with much thought that the word was scattered throughout the book SpoilersJust as the fictitious novel was an echo of the book and Julian s life I loved watching Daniel s life parallel Julian s Both grew up poor without an ideal family life fell in love with a rich girl who was the adoration of her father and whose brother was a best friend evoked murderous anger from her father after impregnating her and when they have a brush witheath extremes of hate and love anchored their fight to survive As Julian s story unfolds Daniel unwittingly finds himself in the exact same point of their A Little Hotel On The Side duelestinyOnce Daniel is aware of the correlation the comparison stops Is it because Daniel consciously chooses to chance his path or has fate ealt him a better hand Julian wrote There are no coincidences We are the puppets of our subconscious esires But while the message is clear that we chose our own fate it seems there was no fate but failure for Julian The sad thing is I believed Julian s love for Penelope as it grew in obsession than Daniel s love for Beatriz which seemed a happy chance of lustThemes of evils and angels are prevalent as characters save and ruin each others lives Clara is a physical angel who is blind while Fumero an emotional evil blinded by hate While women tended to be Kapriolen Des Schicksals[Roman] described as angel and menevil most characters held both in The Magnanimous Heart different shades Take Julian the angel child bringing life love novels who turned into theevil Lain Coubert bringing eath estruction fear But the characters pick whether to accept the Over Mintmarks and Hot Repunched Mintmarks destiny allotted them Fermin was livingeath in the shadows of the street who had to get over his emons to find life worth living The shadows for Nuria Julian Fortuny even Fumero idn t have to give them a reason to uit living They chose shadowsThe book reminded me of The 13th Tale thematically linguistically and in elivery although I loved this book so much The way the mystery unfolds finding tidbits from ifferent perspectives enhanced the mystery and aided the Alamo Story: From Early History to Current Conflicts depth of characterization When I can see the vicious wife beatereceived husband and regretful father all in Antonio Fortuny I get a well rounded sense of his motives I enjoyed how the characters played ifferent roles for each otherI love Barcelona as the setting If you ve been to the artistically enchanting city you know it s the perfect backdrop to this elouently enchanting tale with a gothic feel The Spanish have a way of making all things metaphorically beautiful The vivid romantic passages had me smiling and at times laughing out loud I highly enjoyed the writing and it wasn t until two thirds of the way into the book that the story finally stole my complete attention Julian was my initial guess and while the story kept me uestioning it was the best solution and I was happy with the conclusionBut no novel is perfect my issues are these1 The readymade uotes are extreme Zafon salvages this by calling himself out on the commentary He sets the comments up in ialogue and then uses another character to mo. 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( EPUB La sombra el viento ) BY Carlos Ruiz Zafón – wpa8ball.co.uk
This is an excellent piece of literature It contains poetic storytelling shocking twists thoroughly eveloped characters symbolism humor romance betrayal action sentimentality nostalgia and much much For book lovers it is perfect because it revolves around the mysteries of a little known author Julian Carax that the main protagonist Daniel stumbles across in a secret stash of literature called the Cemetery of Forgotten books From there it uickly evelops into a fantastic story of good vs evil riven by jealousy and shrouded in the unknownI saw some complaints that this book is slow I can understand that it is not a light book and it is not a uick read But the payoff from getting immersed in the thick narrative is totally worth the extra time in the endLovers of books lovers of historical fiction lovers of mysteries with shocking twists lovers of complex romancerevenge story lines lovers of ultimate good vs evil battles step right in to The Cemetery of Forgotten Books and lose yourself in The Shadow of the Wind Fourth reading May 7 17 2017Of course I love this book soooo much It s my all time favorite This is the 4th year in a row I ve read it and it never gets old If you haven t already read this at my suggestion WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FORThird reading May 14 21 2016Second reading May 23 25 2015 Okay I can confidently say upon re reading this that it is one of my all time favorite books It was just as surprising and enchanting and elightful as the first time I read it if not so The writing is impeccable The weaving together of so many storylines and characters is remarkable I can t gush enough about this book so I will just say EVERYONE GO READ THIS NOW PLEASE You won t regret itFirst read May 12 17 2014 Everything about this novel was captivating The story follows Daniel a young boy whose father is a bookseller He is taken to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and allowed to pick out one book that he is expected to save or in a sense remember throughout his life He picks a novel by Julian Carax titled The Shadow of the Wind and is immediately sucked into the story From there the novel follows Daniel as he begins to learn about the illusive author Julian Carax and about the web of lies and intrigue that he gets trapped inThe writing is absolutely gorgeous The book is full of incredible uotes wonderful beautifully strung out sentences I never underline in books This book however reuired a pencil at the ready at all times because I couldn t pass up underlining some amazing partsThough the plot isn t super strong there is a mysterious and magical uality to the book that propels you through it page after page The characters feel so real and thus their lives seem to be playing out for you in such a real way that you are concerned and invested wanting to know what happens nextI loved the setting of Barcelona This is also a book translated from Spanish which is even impressive on the part of the translator I think the translation was incredibleOverall this is a book that I will return to again in my life I am sure It is captivating and a new favorite 55 I can t believe someone actually published this book Even worse in my opinion is the fact that this book is on the New York Times Bestseller List How is this possible It must only m 455 starsAn astonishingly engaging story within a story type of novel the passion for books and reading introduced in the first chapter was just an appetizer before all the interconnecting twists and turnsI ve been having a lot of good lucks lately in reading books outside of epic fantasy my favorite sub genre The Shadow of the Wind is a novel that I ve heard so many positive things about for several years it is one of those books that s often recommended by readers regardless of their main preferences sub genre of reading And now that I ve read it I can understand why it received all the critical acclaims Sheer brilliance in storytelling and writing aside The Shadow of the Wind is a book about books a story about a story and it would be ifficult for readers who obviously love books of all kind of genre to resist the charm in the narrative I m going backward here because The Shadow of the Wind was published first but if you ve read and loved The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow I think you re going to love this novel as well These two books have many similarities in themes and their approaches to the passion for books and its mystery coming of age centered plotlines In the shop we buy and sell them but in truth books have no owner Every book you see here has been somebody s best friend The Shadow of the Wind is the first book in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books uartet by Carlos Ruiz Zaf n The story takes place in Barcelona 1945 and here s the short premise of the novel On his eleventh birthday Daniel Sempere wakes up and finds out that he cannot remember the face of his mother any To cheer him up Daniel s father takes him to the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books a library that holds the books forgotten by the world just sitting there waiting for the right reader to choose a book that will hold a special meaning to them Daniel selects a book titled The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax and he falls in love with it immensely then he seeks other books written by Julian only to find out that someone has been País íntim destroying every book written by the author He may just be holding the last copy of the author s work and he s trying to solve the mystery behind this bizarre incident Every book every volume you see here has a soul The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived andreamed with it Every time a book changes hands every time someone runs his eyes Under Lock and Key down its pages its spirit grows and strengthens As I mentioned The Shadow of the Wind is a story within a story It tells a coming of age story of Daniel Sempere as he tries to unravel the mystery behind Julian Carax and theisappearances of his novels Despite this novel has been published for than a ecade almost two ecades in its original language now I somehow was able to approach this book knowing close to nothing I plan to keep it that way for future readers who stumbles upon this review Let me however say that I m pleasantly surprised by how much I grew to care about the characters in this novel especially for Daniel and Fermin Fermin is hands Lignin Biodegradation: Microbiology, Chemistry, and Potential Applications: Volume II down my favorite character of the book Daniel s story and the secrets he unravels continuously gripped me Fermin s personality plus hisialogues are so intoxicating and most of all the friendship these two nurtured is incredibly heartwarming One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one Something Wicked doesn t have to understand something to feel it By the time the mind is able to comprehend what has happened the wounds of the heart are already tooeep I haven t been to Barcelona what I know of it I see learn and heard from other people and other media However there s a super atmospheric uality that s so immersive to Zaf n s writing when I was reading the book it feels like I was truly there I m in a similar situation with my friends in that I haven t read the book in its original language and because of this I can t gauge the accuracy of the translations But as far as reading the book in English goes the translation Velvet Ropes (Club Undercover done by Lucia Graves flows absolutely well There were a few flashback sections where I found the book to be slightly uneven in its pacing but for the majority of the novel Zaf n s prose and Graves translations were extraordinarily compelling and accessible I m serious I lost count on how many passages I highlighted because they were so well written and relatable to me Bea says that the art of reading is slowlyying that it s an intimate ritual that a book is a mirror that offers us on. Barcelona 1945 A city slowly heals from its war wounds and Daniel an antiuarian book ealer's son who mourns the loss of his mother finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind by.
Ly what we already carry inside us that when we read we o it with all our heart and mind and great readers are becoming scarce by the ay Picture The Shadow of the Wind by Vincent ChongThere s simply no scarcity of insightful and wise remarks within this novel that brims with resonating themes of growing up love found family friendship and books In eual measure it s also filled with revenge loss and tragedy The Shadow of the Wind is an amazing piece of literature that begins and concluded its story in a richly satisfying way Do note that although this is the first book of a uartet the novel worked wonderfully well as a standalone I m actually surprised that there are three books in the series If any one of the seuels is as good as this one then I know I m in for unforgettable stories to read I was raised among books making invisible friends in pages that seemed cast from ust and whose smell I carry on my hands to this ay You can order the book from Book Depository Free shippingYou can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions Special thanks to my Patrons on Patreon for giving me extra support towards my passion for reading and reviewingMy Patrons Alfred Devin Hamad Joie Mike Miracle Nicholas This is a book about books a story about stories It starts and ends in a library of sorts themes and plots are echoed across ecades tied together by actors who find their roles changing and by a pen that links two cycles of the story and has its own tale that started before and goes on beyondthe art of reading is slowly ying it s an intimate ritual a book is a mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us when we read we o it with all our heart and mind and great readers are becoming scarce by the ay Zaf n is a master of prose he is eminently uotable even in translation The story is set in Barcelona and stretches from the turn of the 19th century to the sixties though focusing most heavily in post civil war Spain recovering in the 40s and 50s It s a bitter sweet story as much about the slow acceptance of loss as about fighting against it or finding happinessMost of us have the good or bad fortune of seeing our lives fall apart so slowly we barely notice itThe setting is vividly brought to life Many of the characters live in poverty or close to it and the ventures into Paris bring to mind Orwell s escriptions Barcelona is the star of the piece thoughone of the many places in Barcelona where the nineteenth century had not yet been served its eviction noticeShadow of the Wind is a love story or two love stories or several love stories to be honest We focus on Daniel a young man growing up and becoming obsessed with the story of another man a writer whose young life A'dan Z'ye Yaşar Kemal decades earlier is unfolded for us through Daniel s investigations Both of them findingifficult and potentially tragic loveHer voice was pure crystal transparent and so fragile I feared that her words would break if I interrupted themThe Shadow of the Wind has a lot to say about books and reading rather less to say about the business of writing thoughBooks are mirrors you only see in them what you already have inside youNovels as everyone knew were for women and for people with nothing better to oIt s a complex interwoven plot not without threat and violence with a series of reveals that undermine what you think you knowA fascinating and lovely read and a nice break from the fantasy books that I have read almost exclusively over the last 5 yearsGive it a try Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes riveting mysterious haunting imaginative charming sentimentalthe list of adjectives is endless and whilst this book is all of these the one thing that i will forever remember about this book is how it makes me appreciate the art of storytelling i idnt feel like i was reading a novel i felt as if someone very ear was sitting next to me and telling me their favourite tale i was enamoured with the nuances of the language and swept up with all the action it was an absolute pleasure to experience such a well told story truly a masterpiece in every way possible 5 stars The fact is that I ll never be able to write a real review for this book Here is why 1 I m not good enough I m not now and I ll never be It oesn t matter how many books you have read or how smart you are you ll never be good enough for that You won t be able to find exact words and it s not just you Only person who can is the author himself but I think he already said everything he wanted Don t believe me Books are mirrors you only see in them what you already have inside you The moment you stop to think about whether you love someone you ve already stopped loving that person forever A story is a letter that the author writes to himself to tell himself things that he would be unable to iscover otherwise There are few reasons for telling the truth but for lying the number is infinite In the shop we buy and sell them but in truth books have no owner Every book you see here has been somebody s best friend Do you now2 It s impossible I ll try to escribe it It s not the same feeling but the result is You know that moment or better said that feeling when you see someone who means a lot to you and you have that beautiful feeling inside of you Now try to The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together describe it You can t I know 3 And last but not leastPlease allow me to uote the author Once in my father s bookshop I heard a regular customer say that few things leave aeeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart Those first images the echo of words we think we have left behind accompany us throughout our lives and sculpt a palace in our memory to which sooner or later no matter how many books we read how many worlds we Curse of Rocky Colavito discover or how much we learn or forget we will return And this is mine After reading The Shadow of the Wind I was left with somewhat mixed feelings On the one hand this is such a beautifully written book and is in essence an ode to literature On the other hand there are some serious flaws whichistracts from the whole experience The best thing about the book in my opinion is Zafon s skill in artistic writing It reminds me of why I love to read in the first place and makes me wish I could write as beautiful as this The book contains lots of memorable uotes as well efinitely a good thing as far as I m concerned So after about 50 pages in I was ready to love this book as I seldom loved another book before But as the story progressed that resolution started to iminish slowly but surely Ironically one the obvious flaws is Zafon s overuse of stylistic writing It seems like everyone acts or talks in a very elaborate manner even in the simplest of situations and this can really become tiresome after a while The plot also isn t as ingenious as the hype would make you believe Zafon oes a good job creating a sense of mystery early on and there are obvious parallels between the main character Daniel Sempere and Julian Carax the writer whose past he is trying to uncover But ultimately the stories of Daniel and Julian are seperate ones and they just happen to interconnect with one another by chance than by esign By far the most troublesome flaw is the way the mysteries are resolved All too often answers are given by having some side character or another tell his or her story for pages Nowhere is this evident than at the end of the book where literally every single etail is revealed in the form of a very long letter even etails which the writer of the letter never could have known since she wasn t even involved in those events It s as if Zafon The Kennel Club's Illustrated Breed Standards: The Official Guide to Registered Breeds did not have a clue or the motivation to write a logical conclusion andecided to just Sons of Brahma dump all the information in one place With a bit attention to actual plot and. One Julian Carax But when he sets out to find the author's other works he makes a shockingiscovery someone has been systematically estroying every copy of every book Carax has written In fact Dani.
Carlos Ruiz Zafón was a Spanish novelist Born in Barcelona in 1964 he lived in Los Ángeles United States since 1994 and worked as a scriptwriter aside from writing novelsHis first novel El príncipe de la niebla The Prince of Mist 1993 earned the Edebé literary prize for young adult fiction He is also the author of three young adult novels El palacio de la medianoche 1994 Las l