The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Book Review #158)

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 14/02/18

My 14th book this year)

Daniel is introduced to the “Cemetery of forgotten books”. His father tells him it is a secret that he must keep to himself. He must also choose a book and vow to keep it safe so that it will never be lost forever. Daniel comes across a book by Julian Carax. The next person he shares the name of the book with immediately offers him a nice sum for the book. Daniel decides he wants the book for himself. He gets lost in the story and becomes fascinated with Mr Carax. Over time Daniel finds out there is someone out there destroying other copies of this book. Daniel is determined to find out why, even when his life is threatened by the uncovering of this story.

As we watch Daniel become a teenager, then mature into adulthood, we live through his awkward encounters with a girl much older than him and how his heart gets broken. He then spends his spare time fixated on Mr Carax and his complicated story.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I can’t say that I fell for this story as much as other readers have. I didn’t get the image of the beautiful city of Barcelona. I didn’t feel the excitement as the story was told, but I still somehow enjoyed the book.

The story itself was interesting but it took a while for me to realise what the story was really about. I loved the twist in the story when we learn the truth about Julian Carax.

I absolutely adored Fermin. The beggar who was given a second chance in life. His friendship with Daniel and his dedication in helping Daniel with his mission to uncover the truth about Carax.

I didn’t get the “wow” feeling. However I felt the pull of wanting to uncover the story. I don’t think I would recommend the story to others, but if someone asked if it’s worth reading I would tell them “yes” but not in a hurry. Not my usual choice of book, but I picked it up because of its’ rating and because of its’ mention on many book lists.

Written by Ling Lee (14/02/18).

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