The Shadow Of The Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

I have just finished reading a super delicious book about books, written by Spanish author, Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It’s one of the most intriguing books I’ve come across so far and has been put in the same league as Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Umberto Eco’s The Name Of The Rose and Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback Of Notre Dame. Eventhough the plot became a bit “funny” nearing the end of the story, it’s still overall a wonderful read. Below is an excerpt taken from the early pages of the book:

A blue-tinted gloom obscured the sinuous contours of a marble staircase and a gallery of frescoes peopled with angels and fabulous creatures. We followed our host through a palatial corridor and arrived at a sprawling round hall, a virtual basilica of shadows spiraling up under a high glass dome, its dimness pierced by shafts of light that stabbed from above. A labyrinth of passageways and crammed bookshelves rose from base to pinnacle like a beehive woven with tunnels, steps, platforms, and bridges that presaged an immense library of seemingly impossible geometry. I looked at my father , stunned. He smiled at me and winked. “Welcome to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Daniel.” -The Shadow Of The Wind, page 5

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