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The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves | Literature & Fiction
Registered by tho on 3/16/2005
Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by tho): permanent collection

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Journal Entry 1 by tho on Wednesday, March 16, 2005

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Product Description(amazon):
The international literary sensation-a runaway bestseller in Spain, rights sold in more than 20 countries-about a boy's quest through the secrets and shadows of postwar Barcelona for a mysterious author whose book has proved as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget.

Barcelona, 1945-just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again. Daniel's father coaxes him to choose a volume from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves, one that, it is said, will have a special meaning for him. And Daniel so loves the novel he selects, The Shadow of the Wind by one Julian Carax, that he sets out to find the rest of Carax's work. To his shock, he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written. In fact, he may have the last one in existence. Before Daniel knows it his seemingly innocent quest has opened a door into one of Barcelona's darkest secrets, an epic story of murder, magic, madness and doomed love. And before long he realizes that if he doesn't find out the truth about Julian Carax, he and those closest to him will suffer horribly. 

Journal Entry 2 by tho on Friday, April 01, 2005

9 out of 10

One of those books that once you start reading it's really hard to put down ... I really enjoyed this, the atmosphere of mystery that follows throughout the story, and all these memorable characters that will stay with me long after I finished this book: Daniel, his father, Bea, Julian, Fermin, Penelope, Nuria, Miquel, Clara, etc. I was fascinated in particular with Fermin, as I was fascinated with the cemetery of forgotten books ... oh, how I wish this place existed, I'm sure I could spend long hours browsing those books ;-)
But the best about this book for me is the tour guide of Barcelona that's intrinsic to the story, when Daniel takes us through its secret places and I got that nostalgic feeling for this beautiful city which I hope to visit many more times :-)

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