Vindens skugga

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Daniel är tio år när han finner romanen Vindens skugga. Han blir fullkomligt besatt av boken och dess mystiske författare, den bortglömde Julián Carax. Sökandet efter svaren på gåtorna som omger boken kommer att prägla Daniels liv för all framtid. Varför har någon ansträngt sig så för att sopa igen alla spår efter Julián Carax? Varför bevakar den sadistiske kommissarien Fumero varje steg Daniel tar? Varför börjar Daniels liv alltmer påminna om Julián Carax?
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Published October 16th 2006 by Norstedts Pocket (first published 2001
Original Title of the Book
La sombra del viento
Number of Pages
478

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haunting.

charming.

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The best hing about the ook, in my opinion, is Zafon 's skill in artistic writing.

Ironically, one the more obvious flaws is Zafon 's overuse of stylistic writing.

Zafon does a decent job creating a sense of mystery early on, and there are obvious parallels between the main character Daniel Sempere, and Julian Carax, the riter whose past he is trying to uncover.

All too often, answers are given by having some side character or another tell his or her story for pages.

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Third reading: May 7-17, 2017Of course I love this book soooo much.

If you have n't already read this at my suggestion, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! Third reading: May 14-21, 2016Second reading: May 23-25, 2015-Okay, I can confidently say, upon re-reading this, that it is one of my all-time favourit books.

You wo n't regret it.First read: May 12-17, 2014-Everything about this book was captivating.

From there, the ovel follows Daniel as he begins to learn muc about the illusive author, Julian Carax, and about the web of lies and intrigue that he gets trapped in.The writing is absolutely gorgeous.

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It 's a bitter sweet story, as much about the slow acceptance of loss as about fighting against it or finding happiness. " ost of us have the good or bad fortune of seeing our lives fall apart so slowly we barely notice it. " The setting is vividly brought to life.

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I ca n't believe someone actually published this book.

Every character in this book speaks with exactly the same voice.

All you hear is the authors voice, not any different characterizations.

And that voice demonstrates the problems I described in my las and second points.

Unfortunately, after three quarters of the bestsellin, and severa new characters, the ystery is no clearer.

The novelist is such a terrible writer that he ca n't even solve his own mystery.

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So here I am.This book is the perfect mix of dark brooding mystery with a wistful romance and a melancholy, bookish main character.

My nly issue throughout the books was the pat the mystery unfolded, but it was les of a user error because I took so long to read this book that between sittings, I would forget all the details about which character is who.

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One Afternoon, after work, I took sanctuary in The Hotel Biron, those little tables in the shadows, pages flickering with candles and drank a glass of wine in solitude, completely enthralled in the world of 1940 's Barcelona.I walked home from the train at night and found myself saying the characters names beneath my umbrella, hoping no one would hear me talking to myself, but they were, quite simply, too eautiful to ignore: Julian Carax, Daniel Semepere, Beatriz ... Tomas, Penelope Aldaya and Nuria Monfort.In a movie this would be too many people, but for this novel they were perfectly seamed, each point of view more entralling and taxing than the one before.Most refreshing, clearly the author was n't poisoned with the inability to simply keep the reader in the shadow: instead this story, with attention, was something you could figure out -- because that 's the way life is.

To know them so intimately from childhood to adulthood and old age, to know them through various degrees of point of view seperation -- to hear there is no Penelope, and then to know she is a daughte, a lovin, but to some non-existant ... well, it 's gothic literature at it 's very best.With a book like this I am almost, ALMOST tempted to give up my most pedantic and pretentious thoughts, paralells and character development -- this story is a story and it 's just that ba.

I missed Barcelona but I am quite determined to go now, with my copy of A Shadow of the Wind in hand, just like wanting desperately to visit Eastern Europe after I finished The Historian and see it all), but more importantly real life simply fades to black as you become completely, totally and fantastically helpless and wrapped up in the lives of others.While there are fun hybrids -- Crash Topics in Calamity Physics, for one, which combine a courses, authors, quotes and plot lines from a thousand famous novels, this ook really makes that unnecessary.

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