Monday, July 28, 2014

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Secrecy and Surprises in Spain (Mysterious Intrigue)

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón is about a boy’s investigation into the enigmatic life of author, Julián Carax. After reading Carax’s novel The Shadow of the Wind, Daniel wants to enjoy more of his books only to discover that someone has systematically burned every copy of his published works.  As the story progresses Daniel enlists the help of a co-worker, ex-political prisoner, ex-bum, and always entertaining Fermín, to get to the bottom of this mystery.  What they discover is a puzzle that slowly reveals the entire picture as each piece falls into place. The story they unravel through the streets of Barcelona is complex filled with passion, jealousy, hatred, deception, and strong, undying love of the many various characters who are somehow connected to the tragic truth. 

This book is a well-narrated, well-crafted, intricate story that I enjoyed.  With twists and turns of complicated lives, it held my interest throughout the 487 pages and even managed to produce some goose bumps, not from terror, but from the surprises along the way.  If you’re looking for breezy, summer read, this is not that book. But if you’re ready to get swept up in intrigue, romance, and malevolence set against a backdrop of war-torn, mid-century Barcelona, The Shadow of the Wind may be the book for you.

Happy Reading,


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