Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


  • The Shadow of the Wind is a gothic thriller-romance written by Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafon and translated into English by Lucia Graves.


    The book opens in the summer of 1945 in Barcelona. Daniel Sempre is taken to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books by his father. It is there that Daniel first finds the book, 'The Shadow of the Wind' by Julian Carax. In love with the book, Daniel tries to find out more about the obscure and mysterious author. To his shock, he discovers a man who is out to burn all of Carax's work. He claims to be a character from the very book, LaĆ­n Coubert, the Devil. On his quest to find the truth about Julian Carax, Daniel's life is altered in ways he couldn't have imagined possible.

    I notice I have been using the word 'indescribable' to describe books more often than should be allowed, but let's allow it this one last time.

    I chose this teaser because if there's anyone who can tell exactly what the book is about, it is the writer himself.

    'Well, this is a story about books.'
    'About books?'
    '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.'


    The only thing I think I should say is that I loved how the essence of the story isn't lost in translation. The magic is still there.

    I had this book for a long time, but never got around to reading it. It was a comment by Stephen King that made me want to pick up this book : If you thought the true gothic novel died with the 19th century, this will change your mind. Shadow is the real deal....Be warned, you have to be a romantic at heart to appreciate this stuff, but if you are, this is one gorgeous read.

    It took me four days and four hundred and seventy four pages to realize that I might as well be a 'romantic at heart', because I think I fell in love with this book.

    13 comments:

    Sunny said...

    Wow - Sounds very interesting! Thanks for stopping by SunnyReads!!

    Marg said...

    This is one of my favourite novels ever! Good teaser!

    Two teasers from me this week - one from a very short story, and the other from a very long one! And one of them is an Aussie author in honour of Aussie Author month!

    Jules (The Great, The Good and The Bad) said...

    This is still on my TBR pile, Great teaser!

    Jules

    Yvonne said...

    Sounds interesting! Great teaser! My teaser is here

    Ladybug said...

    Wonderful teaser! I've read the book and it took me quite a few pages to get into it but after that it was a good read. I might pick it up again one day.

    Universe in Words said...

    I absolutely love this book!!! I've read it so many times now! This is a great teaser!! And I agree with you on the translation-bit! The book is magic!! Thanks for hopping by,
    Juli @ Universe in Words

    Tribute Books Mama said...

    Sounds interesting, must add to my tbr pile

    Stop and see mine and my giveaways.

    Lisa-Marie Jordan said...

    Sounds like a very interesting book!

    Sally said...

    I loved this book it was sooooo good. I really have to take a look at his other work. Great teaser.
    Sally.
    http://theelifylop.blogspot.com/2011/04/teaser-tuesday-14.html

    bex said...

    Oh, sounds like something for me. It definitely sounds amazingly good. I think it's going up on my TBR pile!

    My TT can be found here!

    pagesofjulia said...

    That sounds lovely. This one's been on my shelf for a long time and I really can't wait to find time for it! Thanks for sharing.

    Stacey Donaldson said...

    Wonderful teaser...I appreciate that you gave a book synopsis as well :-)

    Priya said...

    Thanks!!
    @Marg - I loved your teasers!
    @Ladybug - I wasn't quite sure at first if I'd like the book, turns out I loved it!!
    @Universe in Words - I'm going to end up reading this book many more times too :)
    @Sally - I think I'm going to start by reading the sequel to this book!
    @Pagesofjulia - You should definitely find time for it!!
    @Staycey Donaldson - Thanks, I loved the book so much I kind of had to!

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