the shadow of the wind

title: The Shadow of the Wind

author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón

genre: Fiction, mystery, redemption

suggested by: Jen L.

dates read: Feb 2nd-Feb 4th

review: 5 out of 5 stars

summary: Daniel’s father owns a bookstore, and when he takes him to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and he finds The Shadow of the Wind by Julián Carax, he has no idea that this book will shape the rest of this life.  Someone is finding copies of all the books by Carax and destroying them, and he wants to understand the enigma of the author who so captured his imagination.  The story spans a few decades and unravels the mystery of the author as Daniel and his friend Fermín Romero de Torres work to dig up the past.  This does not come without consequences and danger. 

personal thoughts: I absolutely loved this!  The imagery was breathtaking and as you can see below I thought so much of the book was thoughtful and worth remembering.  I loved the intrigue and mystery, the haunting nature of the characters, the brokenness of the world they lived in, and the determination that Daniel and Fermín showed in uncovering the truth.  Though it’s an almost 500 page book, I blazed through it in a few days; if that’s not a compliment to its captivating nature, I don’t know what is.

favorite quotes:
“A secret’s worth depends on the people from whom it must be kept.” p. 11

“‘There’s no such thing as dead languages, only dormant minds.'” p. 15

“One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn’t have to understand something to feel it.  By the time the mind is able to comprehend what has happened, the wounds of the heart are already too deep.” p. 35

“‘People talk too much.  Humans aren’t descended from monkeys.  They come from parrots.'” p. 125

“‘The words with which a child’s heart is poisoned, through malice or through ignorance, remain branded in his memory, and sooner or later they burn his soul.'” p. 167

“We were shielded by the evening light and that despondent silence that brings strangers together. . .” p. 175

“‘The most efficient way of rendering the poor harmless is to teach them to want to imitate the rich.'” p. 198

“‘Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you. . .'” p. 209

“‘Fools talk, cowards are silent, wise men listen.'” p. 291

“‘Waiting is the rust of the soul.'” p. 315

“Wars have no memory, and nobody has the courage to understand them until there are no voices left to tell what happened, until the moment comes when we no longer recognize them and they return, with another face and another name, to devour what they left behind.” p. 428

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