Today I find myself on page 162 of The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and I must say that my previous prediction about Loving this book has thus far come true. This book has got mystery, romance, and coming-of-age all rolled into one, not mention some pretty prominent themes that I won’t discuss just yet.
My dear Stephen King said of this book, “Shadow is the real deal, a novel full of cheesy splendor and creaking trapdoors, a novel where even the subplots have subplots…one gorgeous read.” Ain’t that the truth!
Here we find Daniel much older at the age of 16, still trying to uncover the mystery behind the book he chose from The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. The book’s author, Julian Carax, cannot be located and all but a few copies of his works have been burned. The man responsible to torching Carax’s novels has thus far paid a visit or two to Daniel, threatening his friends, family, and livelihood in order to get his hands on Daniel’s copy of Carax’s novel, The Shadow of the Wind. Meanwhile, Daniel is trying to juggle girls, work in his father’s bookstore, and a number of other injustices occurring in his neighborhood.
I’m afraid that’s all I’m going to tell you at this point, but if you aren’t dying to read it by now you’re just plain silly. I tell you what, if you leave me comment I’ll tell you little more about the book if you are so inclined. Otherwise, grab a copy and get started. You won’t regret it.