The Shadow of the Wind – Book Review

“Julián spoke about all that as if it didn’t matter to him, as if it were part of a past he had left behind, but these things are never forgotten. The words with which a child’s heart is poisoned, through malice or through ignorance, remain branded in his memory, and sooner or later they will burn his soul.”  pg. 167

This was a good book! I was up into the wee hours of the morning pouring through it. I laughed, I yelled, and I almost cried. You can imagine how pleased I was to find out it was party of a trilogy.

But, first things first. The Shadow of the Wind is a 487 page novel set in 1950s post World War II Barcelona. The book jacket tells you that ten year old Daniel whose father owns a bookstore, discovers a rare novel that he reads and loves. His fascination with the book and his desire to learn more about the mysterious author turns into an epic adventure. It’s essentially a story within a story about a book which sucks the reader in from the very first pages as you try to decipher if art is imitating life, or life imitating art. Carlos Ruiz Zafón writes beautifully. The Shadow of the Wind was originally written in Spanish so kudos are due to the translator Lucia Graves as well. This was a library read for me and I took pictures of so many pages with phrases that I loved that I decided to buy the book before I was even finished reading it.

I found this quote from the author online where he reportedly described the novel as, “A story of love, of hatred, of the dreams that live in the shadow of the wind.”

I say this one hit all the feels. And oh yeah, don’t start it if you have to get up early for work the next morning. As always, if you’ve read it I’d love to hear your thoughts.

One last sad note. The city of Barcelona is very much a character in The Shadow of the Wind. While reading it I couldn’t help but think of the time I spent in that great city (here &  here). My prayers go out to all those affected by the recent tragedy there.




    August 23, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    I really love the opening paragraph to this post which I believe is an excerpt from the book. It does say a lot about our present day events. I read a somewhat similar book when I was in College titled; "The Book Thief." My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the Barcelona tragedy too and to all others involved in similar situations all over the world. Thanks for sharing.

    • Of the comely
      August 26, 2017 / 2:24 am

      Yes, shortly after Barcelona we had the tragedy in Sierra Leone. The quote was from the book, and I agree with you 100%!

  2. ahhhsoNeo
    August 24, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    I always add your book recommendations to my never-ending list of books to read. I must apologize for not having posted any comments in months, I changed my privacy setting and also inadvertently took away my ability to post on any blogger and wordpress sites! Hope all is well.

    • Of the comely
      August 26, 2017 / 2:27 am

      Hi Neo! No apologies needed my friend things happen. If you read this book let me know. I loved it. Take care 🙂

  3. Mango Fudge
    August 27, 2017 / 8:09 am

    Sounds great! I will be getting this too, btw I did get "The Fisherman" currently trying to read through another book at the moment but, i'm getting there. Thanks for inspiring me! Yes it's a tragic state of affairs 🙁

    • Of the comely
      September 16, 2017 / 3:17 pm

      Ohhh you have to let me know when you finish The Fisherman. I want to know what you think happened at the end. Don't forget !

  4. Nerline Germain
    September 2, 2017 / 3:42 am

    Hi babe!You are such a sweetheart and a bookworm like me. I am glad you had a chance to visit Barcelona. Thanks for sharing this book with us. Great review.

    • Of the comely
      September 16, 2017 / 3:17 pm

      Thanks Nerline. Let me know if you read it.

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