The Shadow of the Wind, Review

One of the most amazing books I read this past year was The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. It is currently the only book written by him that I have read; a situation I plan to rectify in the new year. If you’ve never read any of his books, read about this one, and then join his admirers. Since I wrote this, I’ve found an interesting interview with Zafón on YouTube. Really interesting author and a great introduction by Sian Prior.

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Last week life intervened and I missed a few days of posting but the book I was reading will, I think, made up for it.  The Shadow of the Wind is art in its purest sense.  The words are carefully chosen and wonderfully juxtaposed to make prose that sings, creating word pictures, tension, and empathy that draw the reader into the heart of the novel.  Written by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and translated from the original Spanish by Lucia Graves, it is a story within a story, carefully constructed to follow the lives of two different men who could have been father and son in an alternate reality.  The younger man, Daniel Sempere, is the son of a bookstore proprietor; the older man, Julián Carax, the son of a hatter, is a novelist.  Just days before his 11th birthday, Daniel is taken at dawn by his father to…

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About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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2 Responses to The Shadow of the Wind, Review

  1. Pingback: Library Envy | Ms M's Bookshelf

  2. I watched the video interview with Zafón and enjoyed it immensely. Thanks for pointing me to it.


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