Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.
This is one of the few books I have reread, there are so many out there on the market to take the time to reread, but this is one of those few worth it.
This is such a delightful book, so well written, so many detailed descriptions throughout and well researched. The characters are loveable as you follow through their life during a number of years. You understand them and get to know them well. I enjoyed the “following” of Julián Carax, it didn´t surprise me, ( not that I remembered it from my first read) but I did figure out a few things.
There are a few twists and turns throughout, nothing like a brilliant thriller or suspense novel, this is a historical fiction novel, with loads of other genres in it, mystery, romance, murder intrigue. etc Brilliant.
The setting, Barcelona, from 1945 onwards is just so descriptive; I can see the streets, the houses, shops, etc. The whole book is magical. I would also enjoy this as a film to see what the director´s view on all the detail would be. This is a book that needs to be read and savoured.
Paperback, 487 pages
Barry Award for Best First Novel (2005), Borders Original Voices Award for Fiction (2004), Dilys Award Nominee (2005), Humo’s Gouden Bladwijzer (2006), Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger for Roman (2004) Prix des libraires du Québec for Lauréats hors Québec (2005)