"The Shadow Of The Wind" is about accursed books, about the man who wrote them, about a character who broke out of the pages of a novel so that he could burn it, about betrayal and a lost friendship. It's a story of love, of hatred and of the dreams that live in the shadow of the wind."
“The Shadow Of The Wind” written by a Spanish novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a sweeping narrative of the entanglement of a reader’s and a writer’s life. It is a well written story which is set around the time of Spanish Civil War [1936 – 1939]. The Shadow Of The Wind is “a world of books inside a book” which is absorbing and tempting right from the first page. Reading this story word by word, page after page and walking through the labyrinth of the cemetery of forgotten books in my imagination has been one hell of a journey. If “the cemetery of forgotten books” were a real place, I would have loved to visit it once in my lifetime.
It is a mystery novel with a touch of magic realism. It is an artistic story which is gripping and unputdownable. This story makes you wanna suspect each and every character of the book at times. At some points, the plot might sound a little dramatic. But, this book has touched me to the core. This is a story which will stay with me forever. It is also special because this is my last book for 2020. If you love “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak and “Kafka On The Shore” by Haruki Murakami, you will love “The Shadow Of The Wind“.
Quotes from the book
Some things can only be seen in the shadows.
This is a world of shadows and magic is a rare asset.
To truly hate is an art one learns with time.
Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not for the merits of who receives them.
We exist as long as somebody remembers us.
The moment you stop to think about whether you love someone, you’ve already stopped loving that person forever.
Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.
Those who really love, love in silence.
Nothing happens by chance. Deep down, things have their secret plan, even though we don’t understand it.
Keep your dreams. You never know when you might need them.
There are worse prisons than words.
We are puppets of our subconscious desires.
BookS recommendED in this book:
- Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
- Les Misérables – Victor Hugo
- The Epic Tale of Sandokan – Emilio Salgari
- The Mysterious Island – Jules Verne
- The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
- The Interpretation Of The Dreams – Sigmund Freud
- Candide – Voltaire