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Book Review: The Shadow of the Wind

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Just after the Spanish Civil War, a boy named Daniel is taken to a secret library known as the Cemetary of Forgotten Books. There, he is told to choose a book that will have special meaning to him. Daniel chooses The Shadow of the Wind, goes home, and reads it in one sitting. Deeply touched, he tries to find the author’s other works only to find that someone has been systematically destroying them. When that someone finds Daniel, he is thrust into a mystery that threatens everyone dear to him.

One of the most moving things about this book is its tribute to the power of books. In fact, there are a few memorable quotes about the impact books and words can have on a person. One such quote is, “Books are mirrors; you only see in them what you already have inside of you.”

Another notable thing is the mystery itself. As the novel progresses, it goes from something innocent to something gothic. Carlos Ruiz Zafón seems like Spain’s Edgar Allan Poe. Overall, this is a fantastic and beautiful novel.

Written by Serena Zola

January 27, 2012 at 8:39 PM

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