Can you believe I haven’t written a book blog post since August 31???? You might be wondering where I have been! Well, I’ll tell you! My husband and I are lucky enough to do some traveling for his job, so on September 1, we packed up and drove with our dog from Florida to Denver, Colorado. We finally got to Denver last Tuesday, unpacked, got settled, and all that jazz.
Unfortunately, I thought I’d have plenty of time to read, like in the car, at the hotel, once we got to Denver, but that didn’t happen. Therefore, I got pretty far behind in my book, “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
But now I’m done, and ready to tell you what a fantastic book this was! “The Shadow of the Wind” hooked me from the very first moment. The entire first chapter, “The Cemetery of Forgotten Books” could have been a short story on its own. I was blown away by how hooked on this book I got, just by that first chapter. Not to mention, how jealous I was that the actual Cemetery of Forgotten Books is a place I would never be able to visit!
Daniel is a boy who is introduced to a book “The Shadow of the Wind” by Julian Carax when taken on a visit to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books by his father.
“Perhaps the bewitching atmosphere of the place had got the better of me, but I felt sure that The Shadow of the Wind had been waiting for me there for years, probably since before I was born,” Daniel said (p. 7).
How truly right Daniel was. This book catapulted him into a mystery surrounding this book that was filled with friendship, deceit, lies, love, lust, family, brutal attacks, and death.
Who was burning Julian Carax’s novels?
Why were people suddenly following Daniel on the street?
What is the story behind Fumero, the corrupt police officer who is suddenly after Daniel?
Is Julian Carax dead or alive, in Paris or Barcelona?
Will Daniel survive the solving of this mystery or will he be a casualty in the process?
One character says, “Never before have I felt trapped, seduced, and caught up in a story. . . the way I did with that book” (p. 27). That is exactly how I felt about “The Shadow of the Wind,” completely caught up in the intrigue.
This book is not a quick, light read. I recommend this book to those who love to read, and will take the time to think about and remember the details surrounding this mystery. This book is well worth the time put into it!
Oh, and one of the best parts of the book is the walking tour guide provided by the author at the end of the novel. Anyone up for a trip to Barcelona?
Thank you to my fabulous London friend Susannah for recommending this read!
I think it’s rare to be sucked into a book right at the beginning, like I was with “The Shadow of the Wind.”
What have you read that was love at first chapter?