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Review: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlo Ruis Zafon

Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.~Carlos Ruis Zafon

I read The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon about a year ago now, but I had made notes for when I FINALLY got around to writing this blog. My thoughts are as follows:

The Shadow of the Wind has a slow to unfurl plot, if you are on the search for fast paced action, it may not be the book for you, however don’t be afraid to give it a try! Set against a rich Barcelona background in the 1940’s young Daniel Sempere discovers a novel by one Julian Carax deep within the stacks of “The Cemetery of Forgotten Books”

Daniel’s love for the book spurs his quest for more of the author’s works, only to find they, and the man who wrote them, have disappeared. Someone is burning them and the arsonist will not be revealed until the final pages. And no, dear reader, you will not guess who it is.

This book is a slow, but satisfying read with delicious descriptions that will have you stopping and setting down the book to digest for a moment. I recommend it for Historical Fiction and Mystery fans, and though it is not a strenuous read, it is a well-written, entertaining literary adventure.

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