Carlos Ruiz Zafon - The Shadow of the The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon Translated by Lucia Graves Copyr. The Shadow of the Wind julia´n carax. I had never heard of the title or the author, but I didn't care. The decision had been taken. I took the book down with. Barcelona, —just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that.

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Praise for The Shadow of the Wind. 'This story is so expansive that to describe it as an epic doesn't quite do it justice.' Adelaide Advertiser. 'It will entrance and. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Ruiz Zafón's novel, a bestseller in his native Spain, takes the satanic touches from Angel Heart and stirs them into a. Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more.

But discrepancies in this story surface. As Daniel's quest continues, frightening parallels between his own life and Carax's begin to emerge.

Yet the colorful cast of characters, the gothic turns and the straining for effect only give the book the feel of para-literature or the Hollywood version of a great 19th-century novel. All rights reserved. Read more From Booklist Call it the 'book book' genre: In post-World War II Barcelona, young Daniel is taken by his bookseller father to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a massive sanctuary where books are guarded from oblivion.

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He reads it, loves it, and soon learns it is both very valuable and very much in danger because someone is determinedly burning every copy of every book written by the obscure Carax. To call this book--Zafon's Shadow of the Wind-- old-fashioned is to mean it in the best way.

It's big, chock-full of unusual characters, and strong in its sense of place. Daniel's initiation into the mysteries of adulthood is given the same weight as the mystery of the book-burner. Daniel and his father live above a bookstore, and their lives revolve around the love of books.

One day, his father takes him to a secret place called "The Cemetery of Forgotten Books," and it is that day when young Daniel discovers the book that will change the course of his entire life. What Daniel soon discovers is that the author has disappeared, and so have all his published books.

Daniel's copy of "The Shadow of the Wind" seems to be the only one left in existence.

His curiosity gets the best of him, and soon Daniel is on a mission to find out what has happened to the missing books. As he begins to snoop around town asking questions, he slowly discovers Julian's story.

Daniel's adventures in the search for Julian Carax introduce him to many engaging and fascinating characters, some of whom will lead him to his answers about the missing author. Lain Coubert, an actual character from Julian's book, approaches the young boy in order to take away Daniel's copy of the book. Fermin Romero de Torres, who starts out as a homeless man, ends up becoming Daniel's best friend.

An important early figure in the novel is the blind Clara Barcelo, the niece of Gustavo Barcelo. At the ripe age of ten, Daniel falls in love with Clara, despite the difference in their ages, and he makes any excuse to visit the beautiful girl, who only sees him as a young friend.

These and many other characters help make this novel a unique adventure as well as a fascinating read.There are elements of magical realism in this novel, and not surprisingly it has been compared to the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, among other authors.

To this library, a man brings his year-old son Daniel one cold morning in The Shadow of the Wind announces a phenomenon in Spanish literature.

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While there are many subplots going on at any given time, everything points back to the books of Julian Carax and Daniel's need to protect the last surviving book and find out as much as he can about the author.

Daniel's father coaxes him to choose a volume from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves, one that, it is said, will have a special meaning for him. Description The international bestseller and modern classic - over 20 million copies sold worldwide 'Shadow is the real deal, a novel full of cheesy splendour and creaking trapdoors, a novel where even the subplots have subplots.

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