Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets--an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.
Book thread posted 1st of the month.
Reading begins 8th of the month.
Spoilers lifted 22nd of the month and next month's poll opens.
No posts from 1st-7th about the book or plot, can only post that you're participating.
Suineg's a true bro. I'll start reading, god knows it takes me forever. This book sounds pretty cool.
Definitely reading this one. Everyone I've talked to has said it was one of the best books they've read.
Yay, the best choice won Looking forward to is.
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I read this book about 3-4 years ago. Loved it. By the end of the book, you'll want to visit Barcelona, guaranteed. Enjoy the book, folks.
This book is all kinds of awesome, especially if you have ever been to Barcelona, what an amazing city!
I am 50% through it and it feels like the non fantasy version of Name of the Wind by Rothfuss. I am enjoying it.
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Eh, I see how you say that. I finished the book up last weekend, but I didn't find myself caring about what happened to the main character near as much as I do with Kvothe. My wife says it's because I'm fantasy biased and have no patience for anything else. It might be true. /shrug.
I still enjoyed it enough to justify the time I spent reading it. Good pick guys.
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Starting tomorrow. Borrowing a copy from one of my coworkers. I haven't been this excited for a book since Wise Man's Fear.
I am starting tonight... I'm so fucked, no way I'll get it finished in time.
Was I the only one that read the book in its entirety so far? Finished it two weeks ago waiting on you people to weigh in here.
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I'm only about a third of the way in because I read soooo slow. I really enjoy it though, excellent book.
Well hurry up, we might be the only two people reading this month!!
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I only get to read right before I go to sleep. You know, work, school, kids are all young, etc. I just don't have the free time to really dive in. I am hoping to be at least 75% done this time next week.
I read before I go to sleep also but I read super duper fast and I don't fall asleep very fast.
Should have seen when I was overseas for a year unaccompanied and on call 24/7/365 I was doing a paperback a night
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I started it, got about 20% in I believe, and was enjoying it to an extent, but then the new King Henry book came out, and I realized that I've got so many books I want to read that pushing my way through yet another book that only moderately interests me is counter-productive. Sure I've finally read some of those books I always intended to read (American Gods, Snow Crash, etc.), and I read one I never would have otherwise (Outliers) but if it weren't for this thread I would have put them down partway in, and probably been the better for it. This book seems much better than those two, but the setting doesn't really do much for me. I do believe I'll eventually finish this one because it is a good book, but I've got probably fifty books or more I'd rather read in front of it. It certainly isn't the case that I need ideas on what to read next.
Not to say I won't participate in the coming months, but I read the first 4, I can skip the 5th for now.
I finished it last week sometime. Overall I liked it, but I'll post a more in depth comment when I get home from work today.
I have it right here, but I'm trying to finish another book first. By the time I get through both it will probably be the end of the month.
Finished it yesterday. It was great. I totally recommend it to anyone on the fence about reading it. Give it a hundred pages and this thing just sucks you in. Highly addictive!
I'm about halfway through, hoping to finish this week.
Overall, I liked it. The setting was great, and it's made me want to learn more about Spain history during the period. One issue I had with the story was how flat the father was. We really didn't learn much about him, despite him being around through the whole book. And now that I think about it, it's kinda true for a lot of the characters. I also wish he had tried to explain why the books were so good, but unsuccessful commercially. It's definitely a book I will recommend though, it was a good read.
I really liked how he teased the parallels between Carax and Daniel. The two would drift together than you would say "but wait, Daniel doesn't know . . " The writer really sets the book well, and even through the translation, you really get a feel for Barcelona in the post-war period. Glad this was chosen.
Great book - also glad it was chosen because it's not something I would normally choose to pickup. Anytime I read a translation though I always wonder what was lost in the prose during the conversion.
Fantastic book. Excellent translation. Really enjoyed this one.
Really enjoyed the story. Sad for Julian and Penelope, but that's part of what made it all so compelling.
Yeah I finished the other day and really enjoyed this book. I managed to figure out parts of the mystery before it was revealed, but of course not all of the details that we got. Similar to what some other people said, this really piqued my interest in post-WW2 Spanish history as well.
Try this movie .. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0962709/?ref_=sr_2. It's set in the same period and covers the Civil War directly. It's also not as bad as the review there makes out. I enjoyed it fine when it came out as I recall.
A month late on this, but overall a fantastic book. The writing style felt like a mix of Dickens and Fitzgerald. I really really like how the conversations became narrative stories themselves, rather than just information dumps or drawn out dialogue.
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I just finished this as well and thought it was great. Probably the first fiction book I've read that was not fantasy / sci-fi in almost a decade, but the whole thing kept me really drawn in. I really really want to visit Barcelona after reading this. Zafon did a great job describing environment and emotion that wasn't overly drawn out or force fed. His couple of lines describing the shape and shadow of things was much better than some authors (fantasy) spending four pages describing the shine of armor on some knight or the splendor of some cathedral.... Anyways. It was great. My only complaint, which I think was brought up previously, is that the last 1/4 of the book is one long explanation of the 'mystery' that kind of discounts a lot of what came before. And then the end is Lord of the Rings'esque in that it drags. Would have been happy an ending at one certain point
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