Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
(translated by Lucia Graves)
Barnes and Nobles: 4.4
Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the ‘cemetery of lost books’, a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out “La Sombra Del Viento” (The Shadow of the Wind) by Julian Carax.
But when he investigates this unknown author, he finds out that his is the last surviving copy, as a mysterious figure called Laín Coubert has dedicated himself to eradicating Carax’s work completely. In Carax’s book, Laín Coubert is the name of the Devil.
Out of Curiosity, Daniel begins to investigate Carax’s life, trying to solve the puzzle of author’s life and work. In doing so, he stirs up memories that threatens his own safety, as well as finding a link between the author’s life and his own. Compelled to learn more, Daniel incurs the wrath of more enemies than the shadowy Coubert – most alarmingly, a sadistic policeman with secrets of his own – Fumero.
This book is a blend of genres -mildly supernatural thriller, against-the-odds love story and period coming-of-age saga. Readers will cling to it till the end.