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Shadow of the Wind

By Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Shadow of the Wind
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  • Hardcover: Apr 2004,
    496 pages.
    Paperback: Jan 2005,
    496 pages.

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1st Novel Translated into 20 Languages

Comment: Shadow of the Wind is a complex and sometimes long winded novel (480 pages) that has drawn comparisons to books such as The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum.  It combines elements of  romance, mystery and crime into one big paella of a book, whilst also exploring many aspects of love - the love of a good book, the love of parents for their children, of unrequited, unspoken and rejected love and of love lost.

Set in Barcelona in the 1950s, it tells the story of 18 year-old Daniel Sempre, who finds a mysterious book in an equally mysterious library, by a little known author, Julian Carax.  So enamored is he of the author that he sets out to find out more about him and track down ...

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