The Shadow of the Wind

By Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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Few contemporary books rival The Shadow of the Wind’s haunting plot: set in Barcelona, during 1945, the novel follows the story of Daniel, who saves novelist Julian Carax’s parallel titled novel from the ‘Cemetery of Forgotton books.’ As Daniel’s life starts to mirror Carax’s, he finds himself embroiled in a mystery of epic literary proportions. Impossible to put down, the book is a biting condemnation of those who try to suppress culture, while maintaining the feel of a box-office thriller. A modern classic. 

Perfect for: 

  • Magical-realist fans.
  • A page-turning, intellectual read that sweeps you into Franco’s Spain.
  • Any lover of books about books.

If you liked the book, rent the movie(s): Pan’s Labyrinth

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  1. I enjoyed this book – it made me want to see Barcelona. And then when I did see Barcelona – it seemed familiar..

  2. This is one of my all-time favourite books. I bought it on my way to Barcelona and read it throughout my trip. It did make the whole experience pretty incredible. I subsequently read the other two books in the trilogy, the last one being “The prisoner of heaven” and was equally swept away by these two stories. I love the writer characters and the long line of descendants of book keepers. I love how the stories are intertwined and that you can read and reread the books in different order and you can still get something out of it. So excited to find it on this website!

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