(Romanian Edition). by Carlos Ruiz Zafon Umbra vintului (Romanian Edition). by Carlos Ruiz Zafon Umbra vântului. by Carlos Ruiz. Umbra Vantului – Carlos Ruiz Zafon. 71 likes. Book. Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a Spanish novelist. Contents. 1 Biography; 2 Literary career; 3 Bibliography. Young adult; Novels; Short stories. 4 Influences; 5.

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umnra Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The international literary sensation, about a boy’s quest through the secrets and shadows of postwar Barcelona for a mysterious author whose book has proved as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget.

Barcelona, – just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can The international literary umra, about a boy’s quest through the secrets and shadows of postwar Barcelona for a mysterious author whose book has proved as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget.

To his shock, he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written. In fact, he may have the last one in existence. Love in the Time of Cholera? The Shadow of the Wind announces a phenomenon in Spanish literature. Paperbackpages. Published January 25th by Penguin Books first published El cementerio de los libros olvidados 1.

Spain Barcelona, Catalonia Spain.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions zafoon The Shadow of the Windplease sign up. Is this book appropriate for a 17 year old boy? Pyrh 17 years old? He is old enough to read whatever he wants. Empece este libro y lo deje. Me esperaba otra cosa. Desde entonces no me llaman la atencion las novelas historicas.

See all 38 questions about The Shadow of the Wind…. Lists with This Book. Jul 29, Annalisa rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I read the opening few pages and instantly knew 3 things: I was going to love this book. I needed a whole pad of post-its to mark quotes. I wanted to read this in Spanish carlis the rich poetry the language would add. A young boy Daniel is taken by his father to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and told to vatnului a book which he must take stewardship over.

He choses a novel—or maybe it chose him—that touches him, stirs his desire for literature, and forever entangles him with the fate of the b I read the opening few pages and instantly knew 3 things: Vantuului choses a novel—or maybe it chose him—that touches him, stirs his desire for literature, and forever entangles him with the fate of the book and its author.

The strange author died in poverty but now someone is seeking out all remaining copies of his unsuccessful novels to burn. Daniel embarks on a mission to solve the mystery of the author’s story being watched by a revengeful cop and the book burner himself. As the story twists and slowly unravels he doesn’t know whose account to trust or how it will affect his life.


Wrapped up in the mystery is a message zxfon death: The Shadow of the Wind is an allegory for death in a fictitious cqrlos by the same title.

Shadow is a perfect symbol for death evoking images of how death can be metaphorical instead of literal—living shadows of lives, chasing shadows of dreams, being shadows of others, letting memories shadow life.

Every character had shadows which could engulf them calos they could overcome. In this sense death becomes a fate we chose ourselves. For death is not always the worst thing that can happen “words are not always the worst prison”. Every time the word shadow was used I considered its illusion of death. It was with much thought that the word was scattered throughout the book. Spoilers Just as the fictitious novel was an echo of the book and Julian’s life, I loved watching Ccarlos life parallel Julian’s.

Both grew up poor without an ideal family life, fell in love with a rich girl who was the umbbra of her father and whose brother was a best friend, evoked murderous anger from her father after impregnating her, and when they have a brush with death, extremes of hate and love anchored their fight to survive. As Julian’s story unfolds, Daniel unwittingly finds himself in the exact same point of their vwntului destiny.

Once Daniel is aware of the correlation, the comparison stops. Is it because Daniel consciously chooses to chance his path or has fate dealt him a better hand?

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Julian wrote “There are no coincidences. We are the puppets rruiz our subconscious desires. The sad thing is I believed Julian’s love for Penelope as it grew in obsession more than Daniel’s love for Beatriz which seemed a happy chance of lust. Themes of devils and angels are prevalent as characters save and ruin each others’ lives. Clara is a physical angel who is blind while Fumero an emotional devil blinded by hate.

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While women tended to be described as angel and men devil, most characters held both in different shades. Take Julian the angel child bringing life love, novels who turned into the devil Lain Coubert bringing death destruction, fear.

But the characters pick whether to accept the destiny allotted them. Fermin was living death in the shadows of the street who had to get over his demons to find life worth living. The shadows for Nuria, Julian, Fortuny, even Fumero didn’t have to give them a reason to quit living.

The book reminded me of The 13th Tale thematically, linguistically, and in delivery, although I loved this book so much more.

The way the mystery unfolds finding tidbits from different perspectives enhanced the mystery and aided the depth of characterization. When I can see the vicious wife beater, deceived husband, and regretful father all in Antonio Fortuny I get a more well rounded sense of his motives. I enjoyed how the characters played different roles for each other. I love Barcelona as the setting. If you’ve been to the artistically enchanting city, you know it’s the perfect backdrop to this eloquently enchanting tale with a gothic feel.

The Spanish have a way of making all things metaphorically beautiful. The vivid romantic passages had me smiling and at times laughing out loud. I highly enjoyed the writing and it wasn’t until two-thirds of the way into the book that the story finally stole my complete attention.


Julian was my initial guess and while the story kept me questioning, it was the best solution and I was happy with the conclusion. But no novel is perfect; my issues are these: Vanfului readymade quotes are extreme. Zafon salvages this by calling himself out on the commentary. He sets the comments up in dialogue and then uses another character to mock the snippets. Perspective, particularly in Nuria’s letter, is off.

How could she know what Miquel looked at when dying? The chapters of her letters change from direct commentary to Daniel to third-party narrative. Elsewhere in the novel Daniel summarizes conversations in italics but I wondered from whence the interruption of carlks narrative with Fumero’s story came. I always hope historical fiction will showcase a more accurate moral setting, but it rarely happens. While I believed the sex about Zafon’s characters, done in secret and with fathers chasing down the culprits, how could they find out they were pregnant the next day?

I was also disappointed that all marriages were displayed as wrong and wives disregarded. I guess it added to the Spanish flavor of the book. American authors tend to impose unrealistic happy endings while Europeans favor poignant sad ones.

At one point it seemed bad things happened to Julian for nothing else than this love of tragedies. It seemed Zafon was going to ruin the characters lives to make zxfon point. But he makes his point with Julian and leaves Daniel to gives us a satisfied ending. A story about the living dead cannot be all bliss but we still find redemption as the characters step out of the shadows and live their lives. Few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart.

I believed, with the innocence of those who can still count their zafn on their fingers, that if I closed my eyes and vanrului to her, she would be able to hear me wherever I was. A secret’s worth depends on the people form whom it must be kept.

Women have an infallible instinct for knowing when a man has fallen madly in love with them, especially when the male in question is both a complete dunce and a minor. Death was like a nameless and incomprehensible hand But I couldn’t absorb the idea that death could actually walk by my side, with a human face and a heart that was poisoned with hatred.

The eternal stupidity of pursuing those who hurt us the most. Paris is the only city in the world where starving to death is still considered an art. Arrogant as only idiots can be. I felt myself surrounded by millions of abandoned pages, by worlds and souls without an owner sinking in an ocean of darkness, while the world that throbbed outside the library seemed to be losing its memory.

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