The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind

Book - 2005
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A boy named Daniel selects a novel from a library of rare books, enjoying it so much that he searches for the rest of the author's works, only to discover that someone is destroying every book the author has ever written.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2005
ISBN: 9780143034902
Branch Call Number: FICTION Rui
Characteristics: 486 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Graves, Lucia


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After losing his mother, Daniel comforts himself with a mysterious book by Julián Carax. When Daniel seeks to read more, he discovers that someone is systematically destroying the author's books.

Daniel finds a book in a rare book library, but when he attempts to find more books by that author, he discovers that someone is destroying copies of the books before Daniel can get them.

A boy named Daniel selects a novel from a library of rare books, enjoying it so much that he searches for the rest of the author's works, only to discover that someone is destroying every book the author has ever written. (catalog description)

After the death of his mother, Daniel Sempere finds solace in very few things. There is one book, however, that brings him comfort. It is called The Shadow of the Wind and is written by an author named Julian Carax. When Daniel begins to search for other books by Carak, he discovers, to his horro... Read More »

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AL_JENNY Jun 15, 2017

Set in Barcelona in the early part of the 20th century, this novel crosses generations to deliver an elegant and witty tale of revenge, murder, mystery and above all love.

charmaine_library Apr 11, 2017

One of my all-time favorite works, this novel is written beautifully, and captivates the reader right from the very beginning. I am eagerly anticipating his next novel, (and the conclusion to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series), The Labyrinth of Spirits (English translation) in 2018.

Sep 27, 2016

This was a beautifully written book and well worth the read. I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars because I felt the narration broke down toward the end.

Aug 30, 2016

A gorgeously-written story set in early 20th-century Barcelona and filled with lovable characters. I wanted to climb inside this book and live in its world of literature, history, romance and mysterious, magical shadows. I can't wait to read Zafon's other novels!

AL_TATYANA Aug 30, 2016

It's been a couple of years since I read this book but I sill remember the effect it made on me - beautiful, mystic, mesmerizing, epic.
Definitely belongs to Magical Realism.

Aug 16, 2016

Definitely a must read! A romance mystery that has become one of my favorite novels instantly. I highly recommend this page turner. I was on the edge of my seat all time time.

AL_HANNAH Aug 03, 2016

I was truly amazed by the flow and beautiful language used throughout, to make this powerful story!

Jun 11, 2016

This is in my top five favorite books of all time. I read it on a whim after seeing a comment on the library's "What are you reading?" FB post. I'm so glad I did. I cannot recommend it enough!

May 09, 2016

I didn't know what to do with myself when I finished this novel. Absolutely one of the best books I've ever read. The language and vocabulary is as intoxicating as "Sophie's Choice." If you haven't read this yet, drop what you are doing and find a copy.

Mar 03, 2016

This is one of the best books I've read. I read the original in Spanish and then the translation into English and it's a great translations, nothing is lost in translation. This book has it all, history, mystery, romance, comedy it's intriguing, strong, thrilling and sweet.
Highly recommended

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Jan 26, 2013

A young boy is shown a secret sanctuary for forgotten books by his father. He finds a captivating book that he cannot put down. Once finished he is determined to read other books the author has written. But someone is burning every book he ever wrote. Daniel is determined to uncover the mystery behind the book and sets off on a journey that will bring new friends, danger, romance and adventure. Join Daniel as he discovers what really happened to Julian Carax.

notTom Dec 16, 2010

In a Barcelona that is still recovering from the Spanish Civil War, a boy named Daniel becomes entranced by a book named The Shadow of the Wind written by an obscure author named Julian Carax. However, as he rabidly searches for more of his books, he comes to discover that someone is systematically destroying every book written by Carax. The identity of this mysterious author lies at the heart of a tale filled with such intrigue, murder, heartbreak, and madness. Daniel realizes that someone is willing to go to any lengths to keep it hidden, and he is prepared to go to the same lengths to uncover the truth.

Apr 10, 2010

Young man taken to tomb of books which holds 1 copy of every book - story follows - translated from Spanish


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nadian May 05, 2009

Sexual Content: Few descriptions of sexual scenes and some sexual language.

nadian May 05, 2009

Coarse Language: Brief moments of adult language.

nadian May 05, 2009

Violence: Many graphic descriptions of torture, violence and death.


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AL_TATYANA Aug 30, 2016

There are so many things in this book I would like to remember, like this one for e.g. " Books are mirrors - you only see in them what you already have inside you."

SB2000 May 10, 2013

There are worse prisons than words Daniel

Mar 23, 2011

I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time.


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nadian May 05, 2009

nadian thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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