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The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind - Lucia Graves, Carlos Ruiz Zafón The authorCarlos Ruiz Zafón (born Barcelona, 25 September 1964) is a Spanish novelist who has lived in Los Angeles since 1993, where he spent a few years writing scripts whilst developing his career as a writer.[2]His first novel, El príncipe de la niebla (The Prince of Mist, 1993), earned the Edebé literary prize for young adult fiction. He is also the author of three more young adult novels, El palacio de la medianoche (1994), Las luces de septiembre (1995) and Marina (1999).In 2001 he published the novel La sombra del viento (The Shadow of the Wind), his first "adult" novel, which has sold millions of copies worldwide and more than a million copies in the UK alone. Since its publication, La sombra del viento has garnered critical acclaim around the world and has won many international awards. Ruiz Zafón's works have been published in 45 countries and have been translated into more than 30 languages. According to these figures, Ruiz Zafón is the most successful contemporary Spanish writer, along with Javier Sierra, whose works have been published in forty-two countries, and Juan Gómez-Jurado, whose works have been published in forty-one countries. For more information on the author and his books http://www.carlosruizzafon.co.uk/The synopsisHidden 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. (http://www.carlosruizzafon.co.uk/shadowofthewind.html)The reviewHow to start on this book. It is the second time I read it and it was just as god as the first time. I simply love this book and what I love even more is the love for books that is shown in the story (can you still keep up with all that love?) Just some quotes taken from the story to show that pure love:“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.” “Once, in my father's bookshop, I heard a regular customer say that few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart. Those first images, the echo of words we think we have left behind, accompany us throughout our lives and sculpt a palace in our memory to which, sooner or later—no matter how many books we read, how many worlds we discover, or how much we learn or forget—we will return.” “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.” The story is about love, betrayal, hate, revenge, friendship, recognition and farewells.Quotes:“The moment you stop to think about whether you love someone, you've already stopped loving that person forever.” “Memories are worse than bullets.” “Never trust anyone, Daniel, especially the people you admire. Those are the ones who will make you suffer the worst blows.” “People talk too much. Humans aren't descended from monkeys. They come from parrots.” And there are so many more phrases one can take from the book. Some beautiful other harsh truths and together they form a story with a brilliant plot. Where the lives of two men so alike end totally different. I am not going to say much more about this book. Be aware that if you pick it up for the first time you might not want to put it down till you finished it.