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A Barcelona-born novelist based in Los Angeles, Ruiz Zafon was a finalist for the Spanish Fernando Lara de Novela award with this fifth novel. This thriller follows the mysterious disappearance of an author of melodramas, Juli n Carax, and how his book influences the 10-year-old Daniel Sempere. When Daniel visits a mysterious and secret Library of Forgotten Books in 1940s Barcelona and finds Carax's novel The Shadow of the Wind, he becomes obsessed with Carax. For more than a decade, he follows the writer's ghost through a labyrinth of love, sex, violence, friendship, and betrayal. The narration unfolds through an interesting, yet overextended, interplay of overlapping characters and stories. Carax's and Ruiz Zafon's novels blend throughout the story, sometimes misleading the reader but ending in masterfully executed pages. Ruiz Zafon explores the world of antique books, the city of Barcelona, and the animosity inherited from the Spanish Civil War. Some scenes in this thriller also refer to Borges's exploration of libraries, the labyrinth structure, and Arturo P rez-Reverte's study of hypertextuality in works like El club Dumas (The Dumas Club, Suma de Letras, 2000). Although Riuz Zafon uses some complex metaphors to imitate Carax's melodramatic style, his language is mostly clear and accessible to all readers. Recommended for public libraries and bookstores.Leda Schiavo, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago
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“Todos los que disfruten con novelas terroríficas, eróticas, conmovedoras, trágicas y de suspense, deberían apresurarse a la librería más cercana y apoderarse de un ejemplar de La Sombra del Viento. De verdad, deberían hacerlo”. —The Washington Post “Una vez más he hallado un libro que prueba cuán maravilloso es sumergirse en una novela rica y larga... Esta novela lo tiene todo: seducción, riesgo, venganza y un misterio que el autor teje de forma magistral”. —The Philadelphia EnquirerLa Sombra del Viento es un libro de verdad, una novela llena de esplendor y de trampas y secretos donde hasta las subtramas tienen subtramas… una lectura deslumbrante”. —Stephen King.   “La voz de Ruiz Zafón es de una originalidad a prueba de bomba”. —La Vanguardia “Ruiz Zafón ha logrado producir ese fenómeno maravilloso que ocurre cuando un libro es devorado, incluso por quienes no suelen leerlos… escribir una novela que rinde homenaje al poder cautivador de la literatura”. El Nuevo Herald
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 569 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Espanol; Later Printing edition (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0307472590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307472595
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (353 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jose Oquendo on February 29, 2004
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El talento literario de Carlos Ruiz Zafón envuelve a los
protagonistas de La Sombra del Viento en un sinfín de recovecos
progresivamente sorprendentes y misteriosos, estimulando la
continuidad de la lectura. Es una novela que combina genialmente
el poder insospechado de los libros, la motivación imparable de
la juventud, la capacidad del amor para derribar barreras, la
fidelidad incondicional de la amistad y el triunfo del bien sobre
el mal, en una narrativa de misterio con ambiente histórico. Su
estructura recuerda obras clásicas decimonónicas, sin dejar de
ser popular. Está tan bien trabajada que se seguirá leyendo en
generaciones por venir. Las posibilidades de que el libro sea
llevado a la pantalla gigante son muy buenas. Le auguro éxito.
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Almost without promotion, this book has become one of the best sellers of the Spanish market in 2002. The reason behind it is its elegant and sensitive mixture of ingredients. Critics have compared the author, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, with Eduardo Mendoza and Arturo Pérez Reverte, and indeed do we have a literary mystery, not unlike the kind Pérez Reverte used to excel at, and we have the early XXth century Barcelona as a background (and a very gothic Barcelona, at that), but in all fairness the references trascend those mentioned. This is the story of youngster Daniel Sempere, entrusted with the care of a unique book ("The wind's shadow", exactly like the title of this novel). His research for information on the book's author will reveal as far more dangerous than he anticipated, and will teach him a thing or two about love and courage. This book has a magical quality to it, both in the collection of well rounded but altogether odd characters it portrays, in its description of the dark years after the civil war as in the strange tingling it leaves in your heart after reading it. A winner.
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-Pues bien, ésta es una historia de libros.

-¿De libros?

-De libros malditos, del hombre que los escribió, de un personaje que se escapó de las páginas de una novela para quemarla, de una traición y de una amistad perdida. Es una historia de amor, de odio y de los sueños que viven en la sombra del viento.

En este diálogo resume Carlos Ruiz Zafón la trama de su novela La sombra del viento, libro que nació con buena estrella, finalista del premio Fernando Lara del año 2000 (que en esa edición ganó Un largo silencio de Ángeles Caso), uno de los miembros del jurado sorprendido por la calidad de la novela, a pesar de no resultar ganadora, la recomienda para su edición, se transforma en un éxito de ventas en España y durante el año pasado ocupó durante largo tiempo los primeros lugares en las listas de mejores vendidos en varios países de Latinoamérica.

Éxito que se debe a la recomendación de boca en boca de sus lectores, más que a la maquinaria publicitaria de las editoriales o el renombre del autor, quien nació en Barcelona en 1964 y anteriormente había publicado cuatro libros: El príncipe de la niebla (Premio de Literatura Infantil Edebé 1993), El palacio de la medianoche, Las luces de septiembre y Marina, todas ellas encasilladas como "literatura juvenil", mientras que La sombra del viento es su "primera novela para adultos", de la cual ha vendido más de un millón y medio de ejemplares en todo el mundo y se ha traducido a treinta idiomas.
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Following the enormous success this book has had in Spain and abroad, I decided to purchase it. And the novel it was not a dissapointment at all. Ruíz Zafón has written a nostalgic, hard and grey story. Exactly as it was Spain after the civil war. And that is probably one of its main values. The ability for depicting the misery and lost that people felt in those terrible years. La sombra del viento drinks, literally and literarily in the sources of the most classical tradition of novels in Spain. Since Pio Baroja, to Galdos and the whole generation of the 50's. A careful depiction of sceneries and people that helps the reader to get into the story. And even when this is a mistery novel we can find also some slight touches of the traditional "feulletin". So I would say it is a very enjoyable novel. Easy to read, very well written and I had a great time reading it. But, yes there is always a but , there is not so original as the beging made me thought. The idea of a cemetery of books was really appealing but slowly the story turns to be a good thriller written with a very good style. And the end although correct for the developement of the story left me wanting more. No more drama or story but depth. I have the feeling the writer wanted to end as soon as possible, and this is really disapponting.

Ruiz Zafón has the skills and the manners but I think he could be more adventurous and reach the last consequences of the story.
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