Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Shadow of the Wind.

Simply amazing.  I wanted this book because the story sounded intriguing-- a young boy (Daniel Sempere) reads a book and falls in love with it.  When he begins searching for other books by the same author (Julian Carax), he finds that someone has been systematically burning all copies of this author's book. Young Daniel seems to have the only book left by Carax, and someone is desperate to get their hands on it.  So, Daniel goes in search of the real story behind the enigmatic Julian Carax and finds himself caught up in a world of secrets, lies, mystery, and danger.  But it was so much more than that.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon creates a story within a story, cleverly weaving the worlds of Julian and Daniel together. The tone and plot create the perfect amount of suspense, and there are some major twists that completely shocked me.  It doesn't happen often, but I love books that don't remind me of anything I've read before.  This doesn't happen often, but The Shadow of the Wind is truly original.  Highly recommended.

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