30 day book challenge- Day 9- A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

The Shadow of the Wind was bought at the post office as a light but boring read. Suffice to say that no more than 48 hours later it was finished and definitely the most unexpected book I had read in a while. Set in 1945 Barcelona young Daniel’s father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona’s guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world. When Daniel chooses a book-  The Shadow of the Wind by Julián Carax he sets out to find the rest of Carax’s work only to discover that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written. The book is well written, interesting and thoroughly enjoyable- a really amazing surprise and one that also reminds any bookworm of the special power of the novel

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2 Comments to “30 day book challenge- Day 9- A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving”

  1. Oooh I love this book, and this author in general. He is just a great storyteller, and really manages to capture that sense of the gothic properly! I also love the concept of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. I can’t wait until his new book comes out, which is supposed to be kind of like the third part of this series of books set in Barcelona (this being the first, and The Angel’s Game being the second). 😀

    • I actually didn’t like The Angel’s Game, I don’t really know why. But I enjoyed this one, it has that sort of modern ‘dreamy’ ‘mysterious’ ‘mythical’ feel to it. Weird and sometimes frustrating but fun nonetheless!

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