book review: the shadow of the wind

The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1)The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book made me marvel at the command that certain authors have over language, and their unbelievable ability to tell a story – not just a single story, in this case, but stories that were interwoven, threads in a tapestry that were then lain on top of other tapestries.

The layers in this book were unbelievable. Just managing to keep the generations of characters straight was a feat in itself. I loved this book and will certainly want to re-read, with the enjoyment of knowing what will happen. I’m sure I’ll discover some more intricate details that were lost on me with the first reading.

Fermin was, for me, the most entertaining and wonderful character in the book. He got a lot of the best lines. But the elusive Julian Carax was also a pleasure to discover, particularly as we got to learn his story from various sources, some of whom were untruthful due to their own agendas, or lack of knowledge.

The mysterious vibe of this book really drew me in, as well as the meticulously drawn characters. We kept getting more and more tantalising hints about things, and then had them either turn out completely false, or go off in an entirely new direction. This was a book you had to devote your attention to, which I overwhelmingly enjoyed doing.

I’m so pleased to have found a lovely copy of this book to own. Originally I had it out from the library, but that wouldn’t cut it now that I’ve read it.

What a beautiful, intricate, and above all, moving story. What a reminder of the talent it takes for an author to produce such a story.

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