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Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'cemetery of lost books', a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out 'La Sombra del Viento' by Julian Carax.
But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find. Then, one night, as he is wandering the old streets once more, Daniel is approached by a figure who reminds him of a character from La Sombra del Viento, a character who turns out to be the devil. This man is tracking down every last copy of Carax's work in order to burn them. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to find out the truth behind the life and death of Julian Carax and to save those he left behind. A page-turning exploration of obsession in literature and love, and the places that obsession can lead.
©2011 Carlos Ruiz Zafon (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited
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By Marius on 03-11-17

A book with depth and a story well told<br />

loved it - well written and in good taste. I am truly glad that this is the first of three

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By Eduardo J Venegas on 03-20-15

Best book ever!!!

If you haven't read or listened The Shadow of Wind, you are missing what is one of the best novels of modern time. Zafon does an spectacular job. Melancholy, Joy, sadness, happiness everything in one place.

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By Lesley on 12-23-12

Awesome

I came upon this book by chance - I liked the look of the cover - it was that simple. That was where the simplicity ended. What an astonishing read. I have never come across an author like Zafon - beautifully crafted story which takes you on an amazing literary journey. A book about books - sounds like a dull read but it is so far removed from dull. Do books have souls? This book could go a long way to convincing you that they do ..... I've gone on to read more of Zafon's books, but this is the one which grabbed me and is head and shoulders above the rest.

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By gerrard on 04-13-13

Riveting story

This is a whodunit with a difference. Excellently narrated by Daniel Philpott it is set in Barcelona and spans 50 years.The leading character, who has his own problems to deal with during the course of the book, tries to unravel the mystery surrounding the writer of a book which has entranced him.. The plot is like a tapestry where the different colours are woven in to give an eminantly pleasing whole.Add to that the author's "european" style of writing and I was intrigued to the very end.

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By Anonymous User on 09-22-17

Captivating

Fantastic story and well told. It made my 14 hour drive pass like it barely happened. I got out of the car wondering where I was.

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By Clark on 06-29-16

Fabulous story

A fabulous novel. I have read this twice. A love story intertwined with a murder mystery. I hope one day to see this book in film.

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