La sombra del viento

La sombra del vientoUn Amanecer De 1945, Un Muchacho Es Conducido Por Su Padre A Un Misterioso Lugar Oculto En El Coraz N De La Ciudad Vieja El Cementerio De Los Libros Olvidados All Encuentra La Sombra Del Viento, Un Libro Maldito Que Cambiar El Rumbo De Su Vida Y Le Arrastrar A Un Laberinto De Intrigas Y Secretos Enterrados En El Alma Oscura De La Ciudad Ambientada En La Enigm Tica Barcelona De Principios Del Siglo XX, Este Misterio Literario Mezcla T Cnicas De Relato De Intriga, De Novela Hist Rica Y De Comedia De Costumbres, Pero Es, Sobre Todo, Una Tragedia Hist Rica De Amor Cuyo Eco Se Proyecta A Trav S Del Tiempo Con Gran Fuerza Narrativa, El Autor Entrelaza Tramas Y Enigmas A Modo De Mu Ecas Rusas En Un Inolvidable Relato Sobre Los Secretos Del Coraz N Y El Embrujo De Los Libros, Manteniendo La Intriga Hasta La Ltima P Gina. I read the opening few pages and instantly knew 3 things 1 I was going to love this book.2 I needed a whole pad of post its to mark quotes.3 I wanted to read this in Spanish for the rich poetry the language would add.A young boy Daniel is taken by his father to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and told to salvage a book which he must take stewardship over He choses a novel or maybe it chose him that touches him, stirs his desire for literature, and forever entangles him with the fate of the book and its author The strange author died in poverty but now someone is seeking out all remaining copies of his unsuccessful novels to burn Daniel embarks on a mission to solve the mystery of the author s story being watched by a revengeful cop and the book burner himself As the story twists and slowly unravels he doesn t know whose account to trust or how it will affect his life.Wrapped up in the mystery is a message of death do we live a full life or wander through it numb The Shadow of the Wind is an allegory for death in a fictitious novel by the same title Shadow is a perfect symbol for death evoking images of how death can be metaphorical instead of literal living shadows of lives, chasing shadows of dreams, being shadows of others, letting memories shadow life Every character had shadows which could engulf them or they could overcome In this sense death becomes a fate we chose ourselves For death is not always
There s probably nothing much I learned in the introspective sense, but this is a novel like a novel ought to be This is an epic film on paper, gloomy and engaging, smokey, noir with crumbling ruins, young love, disfigurment, lust, torturethe stuff of Dumas, DuMauier and, as of late, The Historian I woke up at five a.m and had to sweet talk myself back to sleep all I wanted to do was read One Friday, after work, I took sanctuary in The Hotel Biron, those little tables in the dark, pages flickering with candles and drank a glass of wine in solitude, completely enthralled in the world of 1940 s Barcelona.I walked home from the train at night and found myself saying the characters names beneath my umbrella, hoping no one would hear me talking to myself, but they were, quite simply, too beautiful to ignore Julian Carax, Daniel Semepere, BeatrizTomas, Penelope Aldaya and Nuria Monfort.In a movie this would be too many people, but for this novel they were perfectly seamed, each point of view entralling and taxing than the one before.Most refreshing, clearly the author wasn t poisoned with the desire to simply keep the reader in the dark instead this story, with attention, was something you could figure out because that s the way life is The mystery itself isn t supposed to shock you intensely into thinking a book is good, that s a dirty trick Instead, the STORY carried you You cared about the story and it was a
The fact is that I ll never be able to write a real review for this book Here is why 1 I m not good enough I m not now and I ll never be It doesn t matter how many books you have read or how smart you are, you ll never be good enough for that You won t be able to find exact words and it s not just you Only person who can is the author himself, but I think he already said everything he wanted Don t believe me Books are mirrors you only see in them what you already have inside you The moment you stop to think about whether you love someone, you ve already stopped loving that person forever A story is a letter that the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise There are few reasons for telling the truth, but for lying the number is infinite In the shop we buy and sell them, but in truth books have no owner Every book you see here has been somebody s best friend Do you now 2 It s impossible I ll try to describe it It s not the same feeling but the result is You know that moment, or better said that feeling, when you see someone who means a lot to you and you have that beautiful feeling inside of you Now try to describe it You can t I know 3 And last but not least.Please allow me to quote the author 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
After reading The Shadow of the Wind, I was left with somewhat mixed feelings On the one hand, this is such a beautifully written book, and is in essence an ode to literature On the other hand, there are some serious flaws which distracts from the whole experience The best thing about the book, in my opinion, is Zafon s skill in artistic writing It reminds me of why I love to read in the first place, and makes me wish I could write as beautiful as this The book contains lots of memorable quotes as well, definitely a good thing as far as I m concerned So after about 50 pages in, I was ready to love this book as I seldom loved another book before But as the story progressed, that resolution started to diminish slowly but surely Ironically, one the obvious flaws is Zafon s overuse of stylistic writing It seems like everyone acts or talks in a very elaborate manner, even in the simplest of situations, and this can really become tiresome after a while The plot also isn t as ingenious as the hype would make you believe Zafon does a good job creating a sense of mystery early on, and there are obvious parallels between the main character Da
. 18 The prisoner of heaven . I can t believe someone actually published this book Even worse, in my opinion is the fact that this book is on the New York Times Bestseller List How is this possible It must only mean that there are a lot of people out there that think very differently from me Don t you be one of them Seriously Don t be fooled by this book It is insipid, lame, and poorly written First The prose is so overblown that the author uses three adjectives for every single noun Count them He evidently was told that to be a writer you have to make everything as descriptive as possible, and then he decided that meant that each noun had to be modified three, always three, and only three times Argh.Second The author must have looked up every word he could in a thesaurus and chosen the one that was most obscure or had the most syllables Who is he trying to impress Maybe it was the translator s fault Maybe not Either way, this style is used even when describing what the ten year old character sees and says Which brings me to my next point.Third Every character in this book speaks with exactly the same voice All you hear is the authors voice, not any different characterizations And that voice demonstrates the problems I described in my first and second points But tha
Fourth reading May 7 17, 2017Of course I love this book soooo much It s my all time favorite This is the 4th year in a row I ve read it, and it never gets old If you haven t already read this at my suggestion, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR Third reading May 14 21, 2016Second reading May 23 25, 2015 Okay, I can confidently say, upon re reading this, that it is one of my all time favorite books It was just as surprising and enchanting and delightful as the first time I read it, if not so The writing is impeccable The weaving together of so many storylines and characters is remarkable I can t gush enough about this book, so I will just say EVERYONE GO READ THIS NOW PLEASE You won t regret it.First read May 12 17, 2014 Everything about this novel was captivating The story follows Daniel, a young boy, whose father is a bookseller He is taken to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and allowed to pick out one book that he is expected to save or, in a sense, remember throughout his life He picks a novel by Julian Carax titled The Shadow of the Wind, and is immediately sucked into the story From there, the novel follows Daniel as he begins to learn about the illusive author, Julian Carax, and about the web of lies and intrigue that he gets trapped i
Welcome to The Cemetery of the Forgotten BooksChoose one book But be aware, you may get trapped into its pages, as The Shadow of the Wind As it unfolded, the structure of the story began to remind me of one of those Russian dolls that contain innumerable diminishing replicas of itself inside Step by step the narrative split into a thousand stories, as if it had entered a gallery of mirrors, its identity fragmented into endless reflections And for me, by the end..after these long pages and stories with phases of some boredom ,after this long journey as the Story unfolded. I see how amazingly it is..A Sad sad story of Coming of Age, Tangled Fates , Lost Old Friendships..Lost Lovers..but without losing Hope.It may categorised as Magical Realism , but the hard sad Realism of Barcelona, Spain after the Civil War drowned the Mag