“I was raised among books, making invisible friends in pages that seemed cast from dust and whose smell I carry on my hands to this day.”
This could be summed up quite simply: this is a gorgeous, sumptuously written book! It’s one to take your time with and savor. It is a dark and haunting read, one that you will fall in love with. 🌿 But I should probably write a bit longer review, shouldn’t I?
The book is told mainly through the eyes of Daniel Sempre, the son of an antiquarian bookseller. It takes place in Barcelona, immediately following the end of the Spanish Civil War. When Daniel is 11, his father takes him to The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, where he discovers The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax. When he sets out to find more of the Carax’s work, he finds that someone has been systematically tracking down every last copy of Carax’s books and destroying them. Things become dark and more the older sinister the older Daniel gets, and you can’t help but want to find out what happens next.
If you love Gabriel García Márquez, you will love Carlos Ruiz Záfon!
“Fools talk, cowards are silent, wise men listen.”
“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.”