My Goodreads rating: 5 stars
I think this is the perfect book to start off my new book blog because it is now one of my favorite books of all time. I’m serious…. this book blew me away. I’m not one to go around throwing out praise if a book doesn’t deserve it, but this book definitely does. There are 3 major components that I would like to include in this review and they are character development, plot, and writing style.
Goodreads Book Description
Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.
1. Character Development
In this book, Zafon does a great job of giving a believable backstory to each one of the major characters. Each character has so much detail and depth to them. He does this so well, that you truly feel as if you are reading about real live people. He also does a good job of making you despise the characters that you should and fall in love with the characters that you should. There is one character, Fermin, that quickly became my favorite because he made me laugh, but at the same time had such a hard back story and a really beautiful heart.
The plot of this story was so unique and like nothing I have ever read before. It was so detailed that I had no doubt Zafon knew everything about the stories he was creating. The mystery in this story kept me on the edge of my seat and I didn’t want to put it down (even though I was forced to participate in real life). Towards the middle of the story, it slows down a little and I can see how it could become a bit hard to continue for some people, but the information that we learn is essential to the plot of the story. Nevertheless, there are so many twists and turns in the story that leave you questioning everything you had previously thought was the answer until you are left thinking “who can I trust?….. Apparently nobody”. This story made my heart race.
3. Writing Style
Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s writing style is why I am going to make it my mission to read more of his books. I don’t know what it is, but the way he crafts sentences makes you feel like you are listening to music. The writing in this story was so beautiful and wonderful. Here are some examples so that you understand what I’m talking about…..
“…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 have left behind, accopmpany us throughout our lives and sculpt a palace in our memory …”
“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”
“Fools talk, cowards are silent, wise men listen”
Overall, I think this book would appeal to anyone who loves books, mystery, suspense, love, and thrill. This is the type of book that I have always wanted, but never knew was out there.