Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (review by Allison W. ’16)

The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind, Daniel tries to uncover the truth about Julian Carax, an author whose books are being burnt. As he visits people in Barcelona who know about Carax, he learns that some people do not want him to discover what happened to Carax and his work. At the same time, Daniel grows up and finds many parallels between his life and Carax’s life as he makes new friends and finds the danger in his quest for knowledge. Daniel’s maturation during his search also serves to make the story more realistic than other books which cover many events and realizations in a short period of time. By itself, The Shadow of the Wind is a wonderfully gripping story, though it is similar to some of Zafon’s other books, such as The Midnight Palace. – Allison W. ’16

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One thought on “Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (review by Allison W. ’16)”

  1. I'm tempted to call The Shadow of the Wind a reader's paradise, but I guess I shouldn't speak for all the readers in the world. Maybe there's someone out there who doesn't like novels with two intertwining plot lines and a sprawling cast of creepy and entertaining characters. It's possible that this person won't fall for the literary allusions scattered through every chapter and won't be charmed by the eerie post-war setting. But if that reader exists, I've never met him — because I agree with everything Allison W. has said and can't wait to try out more of Zafon's work!


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