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The Shadow of the Wind

2011 . Fiction, Historical . Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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526K total

About the book

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'This is one gorgeous read.' Stephen King It is 1945 and Barcelona is enduring the long aftermath of civil war when Daniel Sempere’s bookseller father decides his son is old enough to visit the secret Cemetery of Forgotten Books. There Daniel must ‘adopt’ a single book, promising to care for it and keep it alive always. His choice falls on The Shadow of the Wind. Bewitched, he embarks on an epic quest to find the truth about Julian Carax, the book’s mysterious author. Soon Daniel is consumed by strange discoveries about love and obsession, art and life, and how they become entangled within the shadow world of books. The Shadow of the Wind is a mesmerising love story and literary thriller, which twists and turns and enthralls with its cast of vengeful souls, threatening spectres and innocent hearts. Carlos Ruiz Zafón was born in Barcelona in 1964 and attended university there. He worked as a screenwriter in Los Angeles for ten years before the publication of his fifth book, The Shadow of the Wind, in 2001. It has been translated into over 40 languages and was a finalist for the Premio Fernando Lara. Ruiz Zafón is now a full-time novelist and regular contributor to the newspapers El Pais, La Vanguardia and El Mundo. He lives in Barcelona. textpublishing.com.au ‘Atmospheric, beguiling and thoroughly readable.’ Observer ‘A popular masterpiece, an instant classic.’ Daily Telegraph ‘Utterly unputdownable.’ Australian ‘Wondrous...intended for readers as passionate about storytelling as its young hero.’ Who Weekly ‘An intoxicating and thoroughly irresistible mix of romance, mystery, gothic horror and melodrama.’ Vogue ‘I’d like to say more about this superbly entertaining book but don’t dare to hint any more about its plot twists. Suffice it to say...anyone who enjoys novels that are scary, erotic, touching, tragic and thrilling should rush right out to the nearest bookstore and pick up The Shadow of the Wind. Really, you should.’ Washington Post

Year:

2011

Language:

English

Publisher:

Text Publishing Company

Pages:

544

ISBN:

1921921706 (ISBN13: 9781921921704)

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Reviews

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Darko Stefanov

6 months ago

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The first book of Zafon that I've read, and simply fell in love with Barcelona and his writing style.

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Morten Veith Schroeder image

1 year ago

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I think this will be my next book! I need a real page-turner! My good friend @AnnieHickman recommended it 👏

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Peter Straarup

1 year ago

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This book is an absolute masterpiece. Has an interesting plot. And the language is a pleasure to read. Superb language .Rarely have I sat down with a piece of literature and enjoyed it as with this book. I highly recommend it.

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John Kamp

8 months ago

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I found it hard to stay interested in this. May give it another try some day. Some day.

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Morten Veith Schroeder image

11 months ago

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Man I feel this book is tough to get through!

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Annie Hickman

1 year ago

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By ~50 pages in, I was engrossed. Reading in the morning, the evening, and work breaks in between.

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Elliot C image

1 year ago

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A classic page-turning thriller that wraps you in post-war Spain.

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Esther Straarup Wright

2 years ago

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Very very good book. Intense and dark, but a good read about Barcelonas hidden secrets

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Ann May

5 days ago

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KGB KGB

6 days ago

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