“Daniel, a 10-year-old boy dangerously grieving for his mother’s death some years before — ‘I can’t remember Mommy’s face’ — is taken by his solicitous bookseller father to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. In this Borgesian labyrinth each book awaits someone to choose it, make it part of his or her life, and thereby renew its own lost life. Mostly for its handsome binding, little Daniel picks out a novel eponymously titled ”The Shadow of the Wind,” by an obscure Spanish writer, Julián Carax. The choice will melodramatically shape the child’s life, launching him as a young man, five years later, upon the garish, gothic quest that is the elaborate centerpiece of Ruiz Zafón’s novel. At the same time, among other dramatic and interlocking quests that go back to the 1920’s, it will shape an odd redemption for Carax’s own dark tragedy.” — The New York Times
The discussion begins July 1 in the Forum.
- The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón (booksjadore.wordpress.com)
- Live webchat: Carlos Ruiz Zafón (guardian.co.uk)
- The Shadow of the Wind (storansl2english.wordpress.com)