The shadow of the wind

shadow-of-the-wind

Quick Data

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon

ISBN: 978-0-7538-2025-4

Price: 350 INR

The shadow of the wind  is the story-set up in post-Civil War Barcelona- of a young boy-Daniel-, whose life changes forever when he comes across a rare book written by an obscure author-Julian Carax- who disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

Daniel likes the book so much that he reads it in one go and is impressed with the way Carax has written the story. Something about that novel ignites the curiosity about the author and Daniel is all set to find Carax’s whereabouts. When he asks his father-a bookshop owner himself and other book dealers and shop owners about the author, nobody claims to have heard about the person Daniel is mentioning.

As Daniel grows, the mystery of Carax’s life grows too…Daniel hears that someone is desperately searching for all the copies of Carax’s books and destroying them to ashes. This piece of information deepens Daniel’s curiosity and he is determined to find Carax anyhow ! While on his way to solve the mystery, Daniel meets characters who seem to be coming out of Carax’s books.

So,does Daniel reach to the end of the maze ? Does he ever find Carax ? Does Carax even exist ? Questions like these would pop in your mind as you would progress in the novel. I bought this book on hunch like most of the times I do!The Shadow of the Wind according to me does not fall into any specific genre. It is a story about books, love, friendship, fate, commitment and jealousy.  The moment you think that you’ve almost solved the jig saw puzzle, that the author has presented, there would be another piece out of the puzzle that will be thrown at you…the characters appear real and you are made to think about them and the mysterious story that engulfs them all. At times it frightens you and sometimes it will surprise you. Like Daniel you without knowing start solving the puzzle..the mystery..the author Julian Carax ! The write-up is lovely.Carlos has done  justice to the thriller !

It’s one of those books which you would not want to put down before you reach the end.

My rating for this book is 5*

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11 comments on “The shadow of the wind

  1. aparna says:

    Seems like a very interesting read, will look for it. Can you tell me how many pages? I am picking up books that have around 300 pages or less.

    • Nu says:

      Oh o it has 506 pages to read…but since it is fast moving may be you can think about it 🙂

      It sure is interesting !

  2. Titaxy says:

    Interesting…

    I’ve been looking at this book at the store, and what caught my attention was the title…it’s v intriguing. Now that there’s a good review here, I’m definitely picking it up once I get done with the current stack of books at home.

  3. ajay says:

    Sounds an interesting read. Will pick it recently 🙂

  4. I’ve been wanting to read this one but have never had an idea what it was about since the back cover at the store doesn’t actually say! Sounds interesting…I think when I’m done with 25 books to read on my book shelf, I will indulge myself and get this one… 😛

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