The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

09 Jul



A young boy named Daniel is living in a post Spanish Civil War Barcelona with his antique book dealer father. His mother has recently passed and he finds solace in the books he clings to. That is until he comes across a novel written by Julian Carax. The book moves him and touches him so deeply that he sets out in search of the rest of his works only to find out that they have been destroyed. Daniel quickly gets sucked in to Carax’s dark past.


I wanted to love this book. I am so sad to say that the only thing I enjoyed were the ridiculous statements made by Fermin. At least they made me laugh. 250 pages and where is the plot? I read this novel for my Gothic Novel Book Club and I’ll be completely honest, this is not what I consider Gothic. At best it is a poor substitution. Superfluous and pedantic are the two best words I can come up with to describe Zafon’s writing. This book just was not for me.

Favorite Quotes:

“Fools talk, cowards are silent, wise men listen.” 
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

“Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.” 
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

“Once, in my father’s bookshop, I heard a regular customer say that few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart. Those first images, the echo of words we think we have left behind, accompany us throughout our lives and sculpt a palace in our memory to which, sooner or later—no matter how many books we read, how many worlds we discover, or how much we learn or forget—we will return.” 
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

“Never trust anyone, Daniel, especially the people you admire. Those are the ones who will make you suffer the worst blows.” 
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

“Destiny is usually just around the corner. Like a thief, a hooker, or a lottery vendor: its three most common personifications. But what destiny does not do is home visits. You have to go for it.” 
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

“Bea says that the art of reading is slowly dying, that it’s an intimate ritual, that a book is a mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us, that when we read, we do it with all our heart and mind, and great readers are becoming more scarce by the day.” 
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

“There are few reasons for telling the truth, but for lying the number is infinite.” 
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

“Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not the merits of who receives them.” 
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

“. . .sometimes one feels freer speaking to a stranger than to people one knows. Why is that?”
“Probably because a stranger sees us the way we are, not as he wishes to think we are.” 
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind


Inkheart – Cornelia Funke
(Only thing I have read that is similar)

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