“In the shop we buy and sell them, but in truth books have no owner. Every book you see here has been somebody’s best friend.” ―Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
I am already in love with this book!
I am only about three chapters in and I know it will be worth my time.
There are so many one-liners in this book that seem to make my mind ponder and my heart swoon.
The Shadow of the Wind, written by Spanish novelist, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, originally in Spanish under the title, “La Sombra del Viento,” was translated to English by Lucia Graves. The book is the first of The Cemetery of the Forgotten Book series.
Here’s a summary of the first chapter (from Goodreads):
Barcelona, 1945. Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother’s face. To console his only child, Daniel’s widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona’s guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.
Are you hooked yet?
Novels, especially in the historical fiction genre, seem to have a unique power to draw me into two of my favorite subjects: history and fantasy.
Engaging my imagination to think of a time decades, even centuries past, and reliving it as if I were a part of it, happening now in the present, is a life-giving and transformative experience. I feel like I learn new things both about the past and the present. I learn about others and myself in new ways.
What are your favorite genre of books to read and why? Share in the comments below.
“I was raised among books, making invisible friends in pages that seemed cast from dust and whose smell I carry on my hands to this day.” ―Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
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