Friday, January 6, 2023

Review of The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

This book review was written by Eugene Kernes   

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“”This is a place of mystery, Daniel, a sanctuary.  Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul.  The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it.”” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Page 5

“”Mu uncle said he offered you a good sum of money for the Carax book, but you refused it,” Clara added.  “You have earned his respect.”” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Days of Ashes: Chapter 2, Page 19

“”About accursed books, about the man who wrote them, about a character who broke out of the pages of a novel so that he could burn it, about a betrayal and a lost friendship.  It’s a story of love, of hatred, and of the dreams that live in the shadow of the wind.”” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón, City of Shadows: Chapter 21, Page 178



There are those who protect books.  Keepers of their secrets.  Guardians who make sure that the soul of the book is kept alive by having someone, someday, read the book.  Daniel Sempere is that someone, who finds a forgotten book.  An enthralling book.  Daniel finds The Shadow of the Wind by Julián Carax.  But the search for more of Carax books or who Carax is leads to very little information.  But Daniel is so enamored with the book and author, that little by little uncovers the story of the author.  As Daniel tries to uncover the story, the police start following Daniel, with an inspector who threatens Daniel.  Carax books were wonderful, but sold few copies.  Most copies went up in flames at a warehouse, with rumors that someone by the name Laín Coubert burned the warehouse and any Carax books found.  But Laín Coubert is a fictional character in a Carax book. 

This is a story of secrets, and of their consequences.  For there are those that act upon knowledge they do not possess.  Creating acts of sin, through the innocence of ignorance.  Consequences not only for those who acted without the hidden knowledge, but also for those who kept the secrets.  Driving them to madness.  Creating conflict that fosters cycles of hate and violence.  A cycle kept alive by secrets.  A cycle broken by the release of those secrets.   



A part of the story is written from a different perspective, but the style is the same.  Parts of the book provide dramatic information, but details are not unnecessary.

Questions to Consider while Reading the Book

•What is the raison d’etre of the book?  For what purpose did the author write the book?  Why do people read this book?
•What are some limitations of the book?
•To whom would you suggest this book?
•What is the setting and era for the book?
•Who is Daniel Sempere?
•Why is Daniel interested in the source for The Shadow of the Wind?
•What is the cemetery of forgotten books?
•Who is Julián Carax?
•Who is Laín Coubert?
•What secrets to people hold?
•Who is following Daniel and why?
•Why does Daniel help Fermín, and vice versa?
•What does Fumero want?
•Why is Aldaya’s home haunted? 

Book Details
Translator:            Lucia Graves
Publisher:             Penguin Books [Penguin Group]
Edition ISBN:      9780143034902
Pages to read:       485
Publication:          2005
1st Edition:           2001
Format:                 Paperback

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    5
Content          2
Overall          4