Friday Favorites: The Shadow of the Wind
Friday, February 12, 2010Posted by Melissa (Avid Reader)
The Shadow of the Wind, by Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafon, is reminiscent of old gothic novels. The story is a heady mixture of mystery and romance, which unfolds in the winding streets of Barcelona.
Set in Barcelona in 1945, the book starts off as a coming-of-age tale, but quickly becomes more complicated than that. The story is told from the point-of-view of Daniel Sempere. His father takes him to a secret place called the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, where Daniel finds a book by the author Julián Carax. The rest of the book is a twisted path of discovery as Daniel searches for more books by Carax.
I love Zafon's style of writing. His descriptions are beautiful and his love of reading emanates from every page. In some ways the book feels like a love letter to reading. If you're a fan of dark tales like "Rebecca" I would definitely recommend this book.