It would be great if the author would let us know when his next novel? will be out, so we can happily anticipate it. Shadow of the Wind is now one of my few favorite fiction books - it had everything, especially "heart"! Elaine
I just can't figure out what all the hoopla is about this book. A TV movie would be better, strange as that may sound. The book is too long, has too many characters and subplots, and the writing is too loose. (See my review.) It held my interest, sort of, but that doesn't make it great.
I suppose it makes sense what Edward and Peedie are saying, but I feel there needs to be some down time to allow the reader to get over the climaxes they come across throughout the book. I loved taking the time to get to know each character, and comparing each interviewee's description of the story as they knew it. Then the book would pick up again, and I would again need some down time. I rather enjoyed those ebbs and waves that Zafon provided. And quite frankly, I didn't want the book to end, so I was happy to read more!
While I had a little trouble with the letter sequence-And yes the melodrama gets a little thick,I thought this one of the best novels I've ever read. As for "bogged down", thank God Zafon had the courage to take some time to tell his story and recreate the world of fascist Barcelona. The imagery of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books alone makes the book a worthy read. I think some negative reviewers are reporting symptoms of too much fast-paced TV viewing;we want it over in 20 minutes or we get bored. While I agree "Shadow" isn't quite in the same class, I fear "Middlemarch", "Ulysses", and "Great Expections" would suffer the same disapproval if offered today from an unknown writer. "Too long, too complex, too many characters to follow."
I believe this is the first of his novels to be translated into English. I have been unable to find any information on prospective release dates for the others, but they are available in Spanish, if you have your dictionary handy.
You may like the movie directed by Roman Polanski, which is based on Shadow of the Wind. The cast includes Johnny Depp and Frank Langella. It is mysterious, but I feel, it is not quite as intriguing as the book. You may react differently, because you did not like the book that much. I thought the movie way too strange and much more violent in parts, especially near the end. I enjoyed "reading between the lines" of the books, rather than being shown all visually, as in the movie.
Karen, you are confusing The Shadow of the Wind with the novel The Club Dumas, which was written by Arturo Perez-Reverte. The movie you have in mind is The Ninth Gate, but it was based on The Club Dumas.
Robert, you are correct in your statement. I got the same feeling that most people today want it right away....hurry up. They just have no ability to wade into a story of such depth. It is their loss. Maybe a graphic novel would be more suitable for their taste.
You have got to be kidding. How old are you? Hey! You simply bit off more than you could appreciate. Be patient. You'll get there. Just give yourself plenty of time. Start with Sports Afield or Seventeen magazines. Soon you'll have the literary wherewithal to tackle a graphic novel, perhaps. Then, in the not too distant future, you'll be equipped to handle a non-illustrated novelette. I would suggest Stephen King for this part of your literary becoming. Finally, when your temples begin showing a little gray, you'll be able to proudly say, non sum qualis eram !! NOW you will be able to appreciate the absolute perfection of Zofon's magnum opus "The Shadow of the Wind."
Is it just me? I had such trouble getting into this book and keeping track of the characters I had to start all over again. I am halfway through and totally unengaged. I don't care about the characters and am still making notes on who is who. Everyone keeps saying it is well-written, but I don't agree at all - maybe that is because it is a translation. What is everyone raving about? I just don't get it! I have to read it for a Book Club and honestly I am finding it painful. Does ANYone out there agree with me?
It's not just you, Marjorie. The book is way overrated. (See my review and post and the post of Peedie; the posts seem to have been suppressed by Zafon cultists.) But I look forward to the eventual movie, since that's what I'm convinced the author had one eye on when he wrote his book.
I agree. You may add "War and Peace" to the mix as well. Imagine it: Tolstoy who? This guy needs a good editor....lol. Of course genre fans can attest to the problem of books running way to long, and series as well. I, for example, enjoy the "Wheel of Time" series enormously, and its characters are like old comrades to me. Some of the books are clearly far too long, however.
I, too, read this for book club. I had to force myself to pick it up, but I was determined. Four of us read it. Three struggled through and one thought it was the best book she'd ever read. The characters in the first half of the book were very confusing. I also have been wondering if the flowery speech is a product of the translator or the author.
I really enjoyed the book but because of my crazy life I often get both the library book and the audio book at the same time and proceed through the book using whatever means works at the time. So, hearing the book helped me get a real feel for Barcelona places and the names were easier to digest (My Spanish is painfully bad). I wonder if some of those who did not enjoy the written version, might like the audio better. It helped me, and made the story flow smoothly.