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The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, a contemporary Spanish writer known for his mesmerising storytelling, has titles published in at least 40 countries and has won several literary prizes.

The Shadow of the Wind is a magical tale set in a Barcelona still recovering from the Spanish Civil War and WW II.  In the “Cemetery of Forgotten Books” hidden in the old part of the city, a young motherless boy discovers and protects a book from becoming extinct.

As time goes by, many people become interested in his find and a particularly evil character comes to life that sets out to destroy the book and every other book that author has written.  Infused with fantasy, romance, mystery, this atmospheric story keeps you turning the pages.

Did you feel the dark and enticing side of Barcelona while reading this book? 

What would you put in the “Cemetery of Forgotten Books”?

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  • Jessica October 30, 2013, 3:25 pm

    So glad to read a story that delves into the importance of books albeit in a fictional, mysterious and exciting sort of way. A wonderful and interesting tale that you won’t let go of easily. “The Wish House” by Rudyard Kipling is yet another forgotten book in my opinion.

  • Andy October 29, 2013, 9:47 pm

    I liked the mixture of evilness and innocence, of darkness and light. It made me picture the many sides of Barcelona. In the “Cemetery of Forgotten Books”, I’d have a special place for “The Good Soldier” by Ford Madox Ford.

  • Steve October 29, 2013, 12:48 pm

    I became completely immersed in this book and could picture the times and setting quite vividly. A+ for originality!

    “The Enormous Room” by E.E. Cummings is unfortunately one of those to go into the “Cemetery of Forgotten Books”.

  • Alex October 21, 2013, 8:54 pm

    I agree with the previous comment. This book is a winner. Barcelona stands on its own as a city with hidden secrets. As for the “Cemetery of Forgotten Books”, Jean Rhys’ “Wide Sargasso Sea” has sadly a place here.

  • Kate October 21, 2013, 6:36 pm

    This novel is really quite captivating. I literally could not put the book down. The story is very original and captures your imagination. What would I put in the “Cemetery of Forgotten Books”? How about “No Name” by Anonymous.