The Shadow Of The Wind ~ Book Ring!

by Carlos Ruiz Zafon | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0753819317 Global Overview for this book
Registered by AnglersRest of Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on 5/2/2005
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14 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Monday, May 02, 2005
Synopsis from Amazon:

Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'cemetery of lost books', a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out 'La Sombra del Viento' by Julian Carax. But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find. Then, one night, as he is wandering the old streets once more, Daniel is approached by a figure who reminds him of a character from La Sombra del Viento, a character who turns out to be the devil. This man is tracking down every last copy of Carax's work in order to burn them. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to find out the truth behind the life and death of Julian Carax and to save those he left behind. A page-turning exploration of obsession in literature and love, and the places that obsession can lead.

Journal Entry 2 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Thursday, May 05, 2005
I read this book in about 4 days, every available moment. It was a different kind of book to my usual interests; but was well worth the read, with a twist at the end of the book.

This wonderful quote is from the book:

"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 and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens ..."

Available as a Ring.

Journal Entry 3 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Thursday, May 05, 2005
5th May 2005 - Opened this book as an International Book Ring.
To take part please send me a PM.

The order of the list is subject to change based on mailing preferences and geography.

GlasgowGal ~ Scotland
sunflowergirl ~ England
UrbanSpaceman ~ England
blaisezabini12 ~ Romania
Gooner ~ England
Squirk ~ England ~ asked to be missed
rahar109 ~ England ~ asked to be missed
tutleymutley ~ England..... ~ asked to be missed
Reading-Fairy (now called LauraKateKnits) ~ England
KiwiWonder ~ New Zealand ~ (shipping Oz or NZ pref
Mundoo ~ Australia
DoveiLibri ~ USA ~ (Prefers Canada or USA Shipping)
newf ~ Canada ~ (International shipping)
dospescados ~ USA ~ (Prefers USA Shipping)
Lobodyke ~ USA ~ (prefers USA shipping)
cisco ~ USA ~(Prefers USA Shipping)
ireland424 ~ USA ~ (International shipping)
coolboxuk ~ England (Please PM coolboxuk before sending)
chocolatemummy ~ England
bluejazzyfish ~ England (International postage OK)
Navig8r ~ NZ (from end of September 06)
Cross-patch ~ England

......Back to AnglersRest!

This Ring is available for further participants, so please PM me if you'd like to join.

Book Ring Rules (Adapted from psychjo & Kleptokitty)
1) Everybody should leave a journal entry when receiving the book and after the read! Please let us all know what you think about it...
2) Also PM the next person on the list for a mailing address and when that person doesn't answer within 7 days MAX! please PM the one after...
3) Everybody should also try to read the book soon (max - approx one month)
4) You can send the book via surface mail or airmail - that is completely up to you.
5) If you find you don't have the time to read it when it's your turn please PM and I'll move you to a later slot.
6) Any new members joining from now will be added to the end of the Ring

Journal Entry 4 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Saturday, May 07, 2005
On its way to GlasgowGal in Scotland on Tuesday 10th May.


Journal Entry 5 by BC-08041015142 on Sunday, May 15, 2005
Received yesterday. Thank you AnglersRest.
It's currently #3 on Mt TBR but I'll get it moving again soon.


Journal Entry 6 by BC-08041015142 on Wednesday, June 01, 2005
*** Update ***

I started this book last Thursday (26.05) and so far am just over 100 pages in. I'm finding it a little slow-going at the moment, and the storyline and characters haven't really grabbed me yet, but I'm going to persevere with it.

I'm off on holiday next week, so I'll definitely be done with it by the time I get back.


Journal Entry 7 by BC-08041015142 on Monday, June 13, 2005
I finished this on Monday 06.05.05 whilst on holiday and must say I was a little disappointed by it. I didn't find it to be a "page turner" and wasn't entirely captivated by the storyline and characters. This may have been due to the fact I didn't have much reading time immediately prior to the holiday so couldn't read it in long stretches, but I'm not sure.

By the end of the book I was more relieved that it was over that thrilled by the story. I found it distinctly average, but appreciate the opportunity to read it.

Thanks for passing it along, AnglersRest.

I'll do my best to get this moving to the next in line this week.


Journal Entry 8 by BC-08041015142 at on Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Released 15 yrs ago (6/15/2005 UTC) at



15.06.05 - Sent today to Sunflowergirl. 2nd class from Birchwood shopping centre PO.

Journal Entry 9 by sunflowergirl from Carlisle, Cumbria United Kingdom on Monday, June 20, 2005
This book arrived a couple of days ago but I haven't had a chance to journal it until now.

I'm really looking forward to reading it but I had three other book rings arrive just before this one so it may take me a little while to get to it. I'll read it as soon as I can though.

Thanks for sharing the book.

Journal Entry 10 by sunflowergirl from Carlisle, Cumbria United Kingdom on Sunday, July 10, 2005
I've just finished this book and wanted to journal it straight away. I really enjoyed reading it, it had me hooked from quite early on. I did figure out a lot of things about Julian well before the story led me to the answers but unusually this didn't spoil the story for me in the slightest.

This is not a book I would usually have read but I'm so glad that I signed up for this ring. I think this story will stay with me for some time to come.

Thank you so much for letting me be a part of this ring.


I've already sent a PM to UrbanSpaceman and received his address. I hope to be able to post this book on to him tomorrow, but if not it'll definitely be posted this week at some point.

Journal Entry 11 by sunflowergirl from Carlisle, Cumbria United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 13, 2005
I finally managed to post this book to UrbanSpaceman today, sorry that I was later sending it than I planned.

Journal Entry 12 by UrbanSpaceman from Kingston upon Thames, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, July 15, 2005
This was waiting for me when I got back to the office today. Have one ring book in front of it to read.

Journal Entry 13 by UrbanSpaceman from Kingston upon Thames, Greater London United Kingdom on Sunday, July 17, 2005
This is a solid, very satisfying novel, part gothic romance, part noirish detective story, but set against, at least for English-speaking readers, the unfamiliar background of Barcelona during and after the Spanish Civil War. At 400 (large format) pages, the book is perhaps longer than it needs to be, but I kept turning those pages even though I had deduced the main elements of the plot part way though. In a large part this was because of the wonderful ensemble of characters that Zahon has created and the vivid backdrop against which the story is set.

Posted on to Blaizezabini12 on Monday 18 July.

Journal Entry 14 by rem_DUV-129661 on Tuesday, August 02, 2005
This book was picked up by my brother from the post office. I have just returned from Italy and it was one of the many books waiting for me home:) Will read as soon as possible!

5 August 05: One of the best books I have read this year. Although I don't usually enjoy suspense novels the characters were really great and the story was so intriguing that I couldn't let the book from my hands.
Favorite character: Nuria.
The picture: interior of Santa Maria del Mar.
On Monday I'll send the book to Gooner.

9 August 05: sent today to Chris. Hope it will be a swift journey:)

Journal Entry 15 by Gooner from March, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 16, 2005
This one arrived this morning: thanks for sending it on to me, Blaisezabini12 - it was indeed a very swift journey! - and for sending it out on a bookring in the first place, AnglersRest.

Journal Entry 16 by Gooner from March, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Saturday, November 05, 2005
I really enjoyed this one but unfortunately, disgraced myself by taking so long over it. The four-letter word W-O-R-K cropped up with a vengeance over the last month or so, and I only managed to finish the book this morning, although I was 90% of the way through by mid-September.

It is an excellent read and I'll recommend it to friends.

Thanks so much for sending it on its travels. It will be off to Squirk as soon as I receive an address.

Updated: the next three BCers on the list all passed, so will contact whoever is next.

Journal Entry 17 by Mamooo from -- Somewhere in Hertfordshire , Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Monday, January 16, 2006
This book arrived today and i'm looking forward to reading it. There are a couple of books ahead of it but i've just acquired a whiplash injury so i'll have pleanty of time to plought through them!
Thank you for sharing it. :)

Journal Entry 18 by Mamooo from -- Somewhere in Hertfordshire , Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Sunday, April 16, 2006
I have had this book for far too long so i hope you all don't mind too much but i absolutely adored it! I took a while reading it as i was enjoying it so much and didn't want to race through. I loved the atmosphere that built up and the witticisms of Fermin. I loved the mystery of Carax and the characters that appeared, and i loved the way Daniel's life echoed the object of his obsession. Loved this book!

Off to KiwiWonder when i get the address.

EDIT: 31/5/06 - I am mortified. I thought this package had been sent and i've just found it while having a sort out of our office. Needless to say i am hanging my head in shame and taking it straight down to the post office this afternoon. So sorry.

Journal Entry 19 by KiwiWonder from Auckland, Auckland Province New Zealand on Thursday, June 08, 2006
Arrived in today's mail - will finish the one I'm currently reading, then get straight on it!

Journal Entry 20 by Mundoo from Hindmarsh Island, South Australia Australia on Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Arrived safely today. Thankyou.
Next to be read

Journal Entry 21 by Mundoo from Hindmarsh Island, South Australia Australia on Saturday, September 02, 2006
This book started off slowly for me and I nearly put it down at one point. I perservered and by about half-way found it a very engrossing story. I didn't see the twist coming and was pleased that Daniel pursued his dream. It was interesting how the characters from the past and the present all came together in the story.

Released 14 yrs ago (9/5/2006 UTC) at By Mail in Controlled Release, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases



Posted to DoveiLibri

Journal Entry 23 by wingDove-i-Libriwing from Cape Coral, Florida USA on Wednesday, September 13, 2006
(<--) The author!

Wow! this book is finally here, safe and sound! Thank you! I'm reading a book right now (Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani) but I should be done with it soon, and then I'll start right on this!

Added September 21, 2006: Started reading this today, then had four teeth pulled and have to have oral surgery tomorrow, so I'm not sure how much reading I'll get done in the next couple of days. But I've enjoyed what I read so far, and the book will be on its way to "NewF" soon to continue the ring, I promise!

Added September 27, 2006: Link to my blog entry: The Spirit of a Book. Haven't made *MUCH* progress in the book, though ... some complications with pain management going on here, possibly need further oral surgery, but I'm really enjoying what I've read so far. It will definately be on its way, soon, though ...

Added September 30, 2006: Yep, needed to have further oral surgery, and now that the fog of pain killers is relieved and I can concentrate on what I'm reading, I am TOTALLY LOVING this book!!!!!! Actually, I am halfway through, and I love the character development and the way several plots are being woven together ... WONDERFUL!

Journal Entry 24 by wingDove-i-Libriwing from Cape Coral, Florida USA on Tuesday, October 03, 2006
I'm sorry if I've had this book too long, but I had a promised trade ahead of it, and then I had some dental problems. You would think that staying home from work to recuperate might have helped me find some time to read, but with pain meds I couldn't concentrate on anything I read and kept falling asleep!

But now, I am nearly through and have PMed "NewF" for their mailing address so that I can send the book off as soon as I'm finished. Because it's going to Canada, though, it may have to wait til the weekend, anyway, so I can bring it in to the post office.

Just wanted to touch base with everyone so that you know the book is moving along ...

Released 14 yrs ago (10/5/2006 UTC) at -- By Hand or Post, Ray/ring, RABCK, Meet-up in Fort Myers, Florida USA


STILL out of breath from reading those last 100 pages! (I think I may have been holding my breath the whole time!) Oh, what a wonderful story! I have already put in an order with my husband and children ... Mama i Libri wants a copy of this book for Christmas to keep for her PERMANENT COLLECTION! *sigh*

Sent off to NewF in Ottawa, Canada via surface mail. Happy Traveling, Book! Happy Reading, NewF!

Journal Entry 26 by newf from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada on Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Arrived in the mail today, and perfect timing! I am almost finished my current read and will start this asap.

Thanks for sharing it!

Journal Entry 27 by newf from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada on Wednesday, December 13, 2006
I'm am sorry to have held up the ring a little - I have been unusually slow with my reading this fall.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a neat concept for a novel, and I really enjoyed "getting to know" to city of Barcelona as it was in the 1940's and getting insight into the history of many of the characters. I liked the suspense in places, and many of the plot turns were unpredictable. Overall, a good read.

I tried several times to contact dospescados, with no response. Therefore, the book is now en route to Lobodyke via surface mail (air was going to cost a small fortune). Thanks for sharing the novel.

Journal Entry 28 by Lobodyke from Bardstown, Kentucky USA on Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Knowing how many previous BookCrossers have highly rated this book, I am definitely looking forward to reading it. I do, however, have one ray ahead of it so it might be several days before I get started. I have four days off in a row (yippee!) over New Year's so that's when I anticipate reading it.

Journal Entry 29 by Lobodyke from Bardstown, Kentucky USA on Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Unfortunately, I had to read this book in my least favorite way ... in drips and drabs ... due to my heavy work schedule and exhaustion because of it. My sense is that I would have enjoyed it even more if I had been able to read it in bigger sections, rather than just a few pages at a time. Nevertheless, it was a good book, well-written in a tremendously lyrical, multi-textured style that I love ... definitely a book for readers. I'll send it off to cisco as soon as I get the address.

Journal Entry 30 by cisco from El Granada, California USA on Monday, February 12, 2007
Received today - will finish up "Was" first, and then start on this one.

Journal Entry 31 by cisco from El Granada, California USA on Wednesday, March 28, 2007
What a wonderful book! The author's characters and their voices are diverse and fascinating. I will look for more books by this fine young storyteller. Thanks so much for sharing this book with us, AnglersRest. I now wait to hear from Ireland424 and will send it along.

UPDATE: 3/29 - mailing to Ireland 424 today.

Journal Entry 32 by ireland424 from West Allis, Wisconsin USA on Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Just received this book in the mail yesterday. I've been in a reading slump lately, but when I opened the cover and took a look at the first page, it immediately grabbed my attention, so maybe this is what I needed to get out of my slump and back into some good reading again. Will try to have this in the mail in a week or two to the next in the ring.

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