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Saturday, January 14, 2006

The Shadow of the Wind: Carlos Ruiz Zafon

So there's a Cemetary of Lost Books in Barcelona, as the protagonist discovers at age 10 when his bookseller father inducts him into the select society who know of its existence. Each first-time visitor selects a book to take home, cherish, and protect. The book the protagonist selects is "The Shadow of the Wind," by an author he's never heard of. He reads it, and it's the best book ever, but no one has heard of the author and no other copies of the book seem to exist. As it turns out, a mysterious man is travelling across Europe buying every copy he can, and burning those he can't buy.
This is a great gothic mystery story. As the protagonist discovers more about his mystery author, the plot of the book, the life of the author, and the boy's real life become hopelessly entangled. The characters are interesting, and it dances on the edge of cheesy without ever falling into that trap. If anybody wants to read this, let me know & I will send it to you.


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  • Anna, yes please! Thank you.

    Also for others, I have "An Ocean in Iowa" by Peter Hedges sent to me from Anna and need to pass on. Anyone?

    By Blogger evt1618, at 3:18 PM  

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