One cold morning in 1945, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel to a labyrinthine library of forgotten titles, hidden in the old city of Barcelona. Allowed to choose one book, Daniel pulls out The Shadow of the Wind by Julián Carax. But as Daniel grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to discover the truth about the life and death of Julián Carax, and to save those he left behind…
I read this book as part of the Uncovered book club it was created by Max from WellDoneBooks and Raeleen from Padfootandprongs07. I chose to read Max’s pick for May/June which was The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. This book had been on my to-buy list for a while now so this was the perfect excuse I needed to buy the book. I had heard good things about it so I was really excited to go into the book.
Within the first 6 pages of this book, I fell in love. Like this doesn’t usually happen to me, I don’t usually fall in love with a book or writer that quick, it usually takes a lot longer than it did. Within 6 pages I had fallen madly in love with this, I think it was definitely the writing, something about it, I don’t think I can explain the feeling with this book. I wanted to devour it all at once and then I also wanted to save it. I did manage to drag out the reading of this book, a little. But honestly the whole writing it was perfect, I think I can only describe it like that. As you can tell I’m totally fangirling over this, I had to take a few hours break so I could like gather thoughts, a few hours later I’m still fangirling. It was so perfect. I just wanted to make a note about Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s writing, I am in love. His writing was so flawless and just flowed beautifully, it brought me further into the story and I am just so in love with his writing.
It follows Daniel as he tries to discover the story of the author who wrote The Shadow of The Wind by Julián Carax. The story was complex, but not confusing, everything was explained and worked out through the story. The plot was so amazing and it draws you in, and you just want to turn the page over and over and before you know it you have finished the book. I have loads of things I want to say about this book but I also don’t want to put spoilers in.
The book is set in parts as well as chapters, the parts give you an idea of the date that part of the story is set in as it does span over a few years from Daniel being a child to going into teenage and then into adulthood. It also covers the time span of Julián and his story. It is very clear and there are ways you know when certain things happen for example when a character tells a story you know it is a story they are telling. As I said there is little signs of changes of time and topic or plot within the story. So it makes it easier to recognise and to not get lost within the story.
Daniel, I immediately connected with his character especially his love for that book because I think we all have that love for a certain book so I definitely got where he was coming from with that. He was such a charming character and it was very interesting watching him grow up from a child to a teen slowly starting adulthood. His interaction with different characters completely showed what kind of person he was. Like when he goes to see Cara (who is blind) sits and reads with her and he just does nice stuff. Always seems to get punched for it like.
Julián, he is I would say the other main character in this story and he is such an enigma and he is so fascinating and I love it. I think along with Daniel I fell in love with the man from him. Like he was so amazing and there is so much I want to say but I also don’t want to spoil it.
I loved all the characters in this book and I thought that they all had a nice part in the book and I liked them all well except the certain person who did the certain thing to a certain person. (See the spoiler problem?) I really may have to do a spoiler review rather than trying to keep it spoiler free.
After reading this I ended up buying two more of Carlos Ruiz Zafon books and I can’t wait to dive into them. It was so hard to write this book review without posting spoilers. If I could rate this 1000 stars I really would because I fell really in love with this book and the world.