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July 12, 2009 / Tracey

Review: The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon was published in 2005 and was very popular in Australia; however, it wasn’t until a friend told me recently it was her favourite book of all time, that I finally got around to reading it. My only regret is not reading it sooner.


Set in Barcelona in the 1950s, I was engrossed from the beginning, and desperate to visit the Cemetery of Forgotten Books with the main character and roam the bookshelves until the end of time. I was immediately enthralled by the plot, the writing style and the unfolding drama of the story.

The Shadow of the Wind has all of the elements I love in a book: mystery, intrigue, history, fear, love, hate, family secrets, drama, big old mansions, humour, murder, books, broken dreams and broken hearts. While I was reading it, I woke up every morning looking forward to picking it up again, and I was very sorry when it was finished.

The characters and their stories totally swept me away, and I can confidently say this is the best book I’ve read in a while. I’d recommend it to anyone!

My rating = *****

That’s my four bucks!
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