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The Shadow Of The Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Series Book 1) de [Zafon, Carlos Ruiz]
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· "If you thought the gothic novel died with the 19th century, this will change your mind¿ in Zafon's hands, every scene seems to come from an early Orson Wells movie¿ one gorgeous read." (STEPHEN KING)

For the first time in 20 years or so as a book reviewer, I am tempted to dust off the old superlatives and even to employ some particularly vulgar cliches from the repetoire of publishers' blurbs. My colleagues may be shocked, but I don't care, I can't help myself, here goes. The Shadow of the Wind is a triumph of the storyteller's art. I couldn't put it down. Enchanting, hilarious and heartbreaking, this book will change your life." (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Zafon's book is tremendously enjoyable... his story is impressively well-rounded. Humour, horror, politics and romance are skilfully deployed and.. the overall effect is hugely satisfying. Zafon, a former screenwriter, is particularly good at contrast and pacing: the book's 400 pages whip past with incredible speed. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

¿ what makes this novel so irresistibly readable is the emotional energy generated by the ups and downs of a big and varied cast of memorable characters¿. His conviction of the importance of literature in real life comes shining through¿ Walk down any street in Zafon¿s Barcelona and you¿ll glimpse the shades of the past and the secrets of the present, inscribed alike in the city¿s material fabric and the lives of its citizens." (Michael Kerrigan GUARDIAN)

Gripping and instantly atmospheric, this literary mystery opens in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a maze-like library of obscure tomes hidden away in Barcelona's Old City, where the hero, Daniel, is taken as a boy...But he little realises the evil which it will unleash and the devastating impact it will have on his life." (MAIL ON SUNDAY YOU MAGAZINE)

'For the bibliophiles there can be few more enticing-sounding places than the 'Cemetery of Forgotten Books'...'The Shadow of the Wind' has been a publishing phenomenon in Spain and throughout Europe... Combining all the best elements of crime fiction with an investigation of the power of literature to shape our lives and imaginations, it is one of the most original and compelling stories of the past decade." (NICK RENNISON WATERSTONES QUARTERLY)

"a potent mix: a coming-of-age story set in Barcelona's post-war years, an edge of fantasy, a tragic love story, and a labyrinth of mystery." (Ben Page THE BOOKSELLER.)

Zafon makes sure there's a robust serving of amor, and enough magic, murder and madness to keep even the most reluctant reader engrossed. Diabolically good. (ELLE MAGAZINE)

everything about The Shadow of the Wind is smooth. The language purrs along, while the plot twists and unravels with a languid grace... Zafon's novel is atmospheric, beguiling and thoroughly readable. (OBSERVER)

Set in the author's native Barcelona in the years after the Spanish Civil War, this gripping novel has the feel of a gothic ghost story, complete with crumbling, ivy-covered mansions, gargoyles and dank prison cells.... this is just the sort of literary mystery that would have found favour with Wilkie Collins. (DAILY MAIL)

Good old-fashioned narrative is back in fashion... his tale [has] a dramatic tension that so many contemporary novels today seem to lack. This is highly-sophisticated, fun reading that keeps you gripped and tests the brain cells all at the same time. What more could you ask for?" (THE SCOTSMAN)

This epic novel spent two years on the Spanish bestseller list. It's easy to see why.... Zafon is planning to write another three books around the same theme , and if they keep the pulse pumping and the pages turning as reliably as this fantastic piece of fiction, he will have a publishing phenomenon on his hands. (SUNDAY HERALD)

The translation by Lucia Graves is excellent, mixing formality with poetry, so the rambling prose occasionally sparkles with lovely phrases... The twists of the story which fold in on itself again and again like complicated origami, eventually reveal a simple shape. Love and deception are at the heart of the literary mystery - aren't they always? (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY)

This is such a racy, enthralling tale that it is easy to see why it spent two years on the bestseller list when it was first published in Spanish and Catalan... clever and expertly told... an extremely good read. (THE HERALD)

The book is written by someone witty and knowing enough to spoof himself while still being able to raise the hairs on the back of your neck... Carlos Ruiz Zafon's zest is infectious... He swathes his story with atmospherics... Barcelona becomes a place of doors opening into dark interiors of the mind... Behind all this is a fierce satirical energy against the tyrants and philistines of history... A game it may be, but somewhere in the shadows are the Caprichos of Goya. (THE ECONOMIST (US AND UK EDITION))

Imagine a 19th-century novel deconstructed to its tiniest atom and rebuilt again using what we could call "narrative technologies" evolved during the 20th century. (southbank magazine)

Zafon takes readers on an obsessive journey into a dark world, revealing the stories behind one boy's curiosity and the strange, brutal truth that comes with it. (Good Book Guide, named as Editor's Choice)

'Gabriel Garcia Marquez meets Umberto Eco meets Jorge Luis Borges...Ruiz Zafon gives us a panoply of alluring and savage personages and stories. His novel eddies in currents of passion, revenge and mysteries whose layers peel away onion-like yet persist in growing back... we are taken on a wild ride that executes its hairpin bends with breathtaking lurches." (NEW YORK TIMES)

wondrous...ultimately a love letter to literature, intended for readers as passionate about storytelling as its young hero. (ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY)

· "A rousing adventure that reads as if Jorge Borges were writing in the mode of Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose." (US ELLE MAGAZINE)

If you love AS Byatt's Possession, Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude... Eco's The Name of the Rose... or Paul Auster's New York trilogy... then you will love The Shadow of the Wind... Anyone who enjoys novels that are scary, erotic, touching, tragic and thrilling should rush right out to the nearest bookstore and pick up The Shadow of the Wind. (THE WASHINGTON POST)

· "Set in post-war Barcelona, Zafon's tightly plotted thriller is sharp, sexy, gothic (perhaps even a little ghoulish), powerfully atmospheric, often funny and utterly unputdownable¿ The Shadow of the Wind is more than a book about a book - it's an inspired homage to the book, a celebration of writing, and an exhortation to read." (THE AUSTRALIAN)

"The Shadow of the Wind will keep you up nights-and it'll be time well spent. Absolutely marvellous." *starred review* (KIRKUS REVIEWS.)

this book had me in its grip. It ought to be in yours. (THE WORD)

Chosen as best recent book to take on holiday: "Carlos Ruiz Zafon's wonderfully chock-a-block novel The Shadow of the Wind starts with the search for a mysterious author in Barcelona in the aftermath of the Civil War and then packs in as many plots and characters as it does genres - Gothic melodrama, coming-of-age story, historical thriller and more. It is a deeply satisfying, rich, full read." (Michael Prodger Deputy Literary Editor, Sunday Telegraph)

Chosen as best recent book to take on holiday: "If you want to be totally gripped, I would recommend The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, a superior thriller set in Franco's Spain. It revolves around the sinister disappearance of a novelist just as he embarks on a passionate love affair. Written with exuberance and humour, it's strong on atmosphere and consistently suspenseful." (Miriam Gross Literary Editor, Sunday Telegraph)

"One of those rare novels that combine brilliant plotting with sublime writing. It's about Barcelona again, and word of mouth alone is sure to make it a bestseller." Chosen as a "big read to make your holiday a success". (JAMES DAUNT SUNDAY TIMES)

The Shadow of the Wind is at heart an old-fashioned adventure yearn, thoroughly marinated in gothic romanticism. (ADAM LIVELY SUNDAY TIMES)

a complex and absorbing detective novel... It is a tribute to Ruiz Zafon's skills as a Hollywood scriptwriter that he can create stunning set-pieces and bring to live a host of eccentric figures. (RAYMOND CARR SPECTATOR)

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A stunning literary thriller in the tradition of Umberto Eco. The discovery of a forgotten book leads to a hunt for an elusive author who may or may not still be alive...

Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'cemetery of lost books', a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out 'La Sombra del Viento' by Julian Carax.

But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find. Then, one night, as he is wandering the old streets once more, Daniel is approached by a figure who reminds him of a character from La Sombra del Viento, a character who turns out to be the devil. This man is tracking down every last copy of Carax's work in order to burn them. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to find out the truth behind the life and death of Julian Carax and to save those he left behind. A page-turning exploration of obsession in literature and love, and the places that obsession can lead.

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  • Formato: Versión Kindle
  • Tamaño del archivo: 2825 KB
  • Longitud de impresión: 506
  • Editor: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; Edición: New Ed (16 de abril de 2009)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • ASIN: B002U3CB5M
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  • Valoración media de los clientes: 4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas 2 opiniones de clientes
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas I write about this book because I loved it, and I want to remember it 23 de octubre de 2016
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I write about this book because I loved it, and I want to remember it. In writing, I am forced to reflect upon how much pleasure I derived from reading the book.

It is a gothic tale set in 1945, Barcelona. Daniel, the bookseller’s son, is introduced to The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, and makes his selection of one book from the labyrinth to take home and care for. In doing so, he finds himself involved in a real-life mystery. You see, the book he selected was written by a man named Julian Carax, and very well may be the last book in existence by Carax. Someone has been finding the Carax works and destroying them.

I love that it is a book about a book! I love the story, but I also love the writing itself, and how Zafon has a style that makes me want to keep reading. The man is a beautiful writer. The “Angel of the Mist” story that begins on page 233 is a haunting touch, as is Maria Jacinta’s detailing of her encounters with Zacarias (begin on page 260), and the storyline of Daniel and Fermin visiting her in the asylum.

I loved this first book so much that I immediately started reading the second book in the series, and I am about 200 pages in to “The Angel’s Game,” right now! To think, I found this gorgeous read because of a visit to the Book Warehouse over the July 4 weekend, where I unwittingly purchased the third book in the series first!
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Deliciously satisfying 17 de mayo de 2016
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I usually read non-fiction such as history or biography. Occasionally I read a quick, easy mystery like CJ Boxx or Carl Hiaasen to break up the monotony Since my wife and I are going to Barcelona for our honeymoon I decided to read this book as it came highly recommended. It did not disappoint! I haven't read a complex, lengthy novel in years and I was lamenting the possibility of not being able to finish it before our trip since I usually read a few pages at night before falling asleep. Since I was laid up for a few days with a bad back I was able to finish it in record time (for me). This novel has it all: twisting plot, richly descriptive language, complex characters, and a setting which I am looking forward to visiting (thanks to the walking tour map included in the book). I am looking forward to reading more of Zafon's novels.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas You Are Paged To The Cemetary Of Forgotten Books 14 de enero de 2017
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You know those books where you pick 'em up and then you discover five hours have passed and you're late getting ready for work? This is that book.

Mr Zafon's book is engrossing, the characters are so rich you feel you know them, and can picture them in your mind, even the villains. His descriptions of post-war Barcelona is so deliciously evocative, you can feel yourself riding the trams through the neighbourhoods to follow the characters around in that place and time.

When you finish this book, you will feel torn away from friends when you close the cover. However, you can reunite with them again in Zafon's "The Prisoner Of Heaven" which picks up with the characters.

HIghly recommend this if you love mystery, adventure and well-drawn characters.
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Stop what you're doing and read this book now 19 de julio de 2017
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Awhile back ago my brother recommended this book to me and while I saved it on my wishlist, I ended up reading a slew of other books instead. A year or so passes and my brother once again recommends this book to me. I decided to download the Kindle version and check it out. As we all do, I had painted a picture of what I thought this book would be about and how it would be laid out after reading the summary. Oh boy was I wrong. This book was so much more interesting, detailed, complicated, and deeper than I could have imagined. I couldn't take my eyes off this book yet I didn't want it to ever end. I cannot emphasize enough how much I loved this book. It's also the type of book I know I could read over-and-over and still come across new observations.

My brother and I were discussing this book as I was nearing the end of it. The sheer level of excitment and enthusiasm we had for this book convinced my sister, who was with us and listening, decided she too needed to read it. Note that my sister is not a reader, never has been and that's ok. But for her to actually want to read something is a huge deal. She ended up reading it and was just as obsessed as my brother and I. My brother has decided to re-read it to freshen up on the details so that way the three of us can properly discuss this book, in fact, I'll probably re-read it again myself. THAT'S how awesome this book is.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas "A splendid novel of mystery, intrigue and love" 27 de mayo de 2012
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Carlos Ruiz Zafón, born in Barcelona in 1964, is known as one of Spain's most successful contemporary writers whose works have been published in 45 countries. His first novel "Prince of the Mist" (1993) earned the Edebé prize for young adult fiction. He has authored an additional three young adult novels, the last "Marina" published in 1999. "The Shadow of the Wind" (2001) is Zafón's first novel written for adults; a second adult novel published in 2008 was entitled "The Angels Game" and his latest novel "The Prisoner of Heaven" (2011). Zafón, while a native of Spain, has lived in Los Angeles since 1993 where he has been developing his writing career.

"The Shadow of the Wind" is a novel of the mystery/intrigue/love story genre. It is narrated in the first person by the main character of the work; dialog is denoted and is attributable to the person speaking. The writing style is variably complex with many descriptive passages drawing vivid depictions of persons and places; a talent attributable to the author's penchant for film and screen plays. Although described as an "adult" novel, the writing invokes the author's previous entry into literature writing for young adults. The composition liberally draws from the persona of young characters in the story and invokes that subtlety in the overall cast of the writing.

The tale takes place in Barcelona during the early 1900's and extends to about 1958. At its heart, the story is about a small cadre of young men brought together by circumstances while attending an exclusive private school. Each of them has some distinct facet of his current life that weighs upon their association and that will eventually lead to the future fate of each. Of particular interest in the group is one Julián Curax who as a young adult aspires to be an author and writes several books that never seem to attract a following; one of the novels he writes "The Shadow of the Wind" becomes the catalyst for the tale. The story opens in circa 1945 with ten year old Daniel Sempere taken by his father, a bookseller, to a mysterious place called the "Cemetery of Forgotten Books". Young Daniel is sworn to secrecy about his visit and is given the privilege of selecting one of the books to keep for his very own. Daniel selects the novel "The Shadow of the Wind" by Julián Curax and thus begins the quest by Daniel to unravel the mysterious life surrounding the forgotten author and his works.

Zafón brings to the reader a compendium of characters in this work all seemingly linked in some way that determines their fate. It requires some tenacity to recall all of the persons and their associations due somewhat to the foreign names used, although Zafón seamlessly and skillfully summarizes them all near the conclusion of the work and this provides a deft help to the reader. While the novel is described as an "adult" work, it only seems so perhaps in its reach into some adult themes, but it could plainly serve a mature young adult reader and would probably seem quite exciting to a supple imagination. Zafón's skill at providing mental images of people and places though his writing is a particular highlight of the composition and that which makes it so enjoyable. The mystery and intrigue is held to a high level and extends to the very conclusion piquing the reader's interest to discover ever more of the tale and fates of the characters. The love story part of the novel brings forth the image of a Shakespearean tragedy replete with the fierce longing of young love that is adeptly woven into the saga.

I highly recommend that you add this novel to your reading list. I would rate it "Memorable" and suggest that you won't be disappointed.
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