Daniel and Julian's lives parallel each other in some ways, although this will not be obvious to some until the very end. Daniel's admiration for Julian Carax will take him to places and to people he never would have had the pleasure to experience. His becomes a life filled with excitement, danger, murder and intrigue, and of course there is a bit of love and romance as well. The reader also will see how similar Daniel is to the elusive Julian, and that is the magic behind Zafon's THE SHADOW OF THE WIND.
THE SHADOW OF THE WIND is a story within a story within a story. Still, the plots remain intact as Zafon writes about Daniel's search for the answers to Julian's mystery, the many characters who fill these pages, and the story of Daniel Sempere, a boy who loves books. This reviewer feels it has something for everybody; and although it seems to go on a bit too long at times, overall it is a wonderfully satisfying novel, making it a four-star winner.
The Shadow of the Wind
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
No preview available - 2011
What Daniel soon discovers is that the author has disappeared, and so have all his published books. Daniel's copy of "The Shadow of the Wind" seems to be the only one left in existence. His curiosity gets the best of him, and soon Daniel is on a mission to find out what has happened to the missing books. As he begins to snoop around town asking questions, he slowly discovers Julian's story.
Daniel and his father live above a bookstore, and their lives revolve around the love of books. One day, his father takes him to a secret place called "The Cemetery of Forgotten Books," and it is that day when young Daniel discovers the book that will change the course of his entire life. "The Shadow of the Wind" by Julian Carax beckons to Daniel, and after he has devoured the entire book and read every single word on its pages, he decides that he needs to learn more about this author who wrote such a wonderful story.