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Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon


Just finished reading this book. Though full of loose ends and characters who exist just to push the narrative forward, this is an absorbing mystery/ thriller interspersed with the author’s philosophical insights and political observations and inclinations foisted on the characters. At times surrealistic in its description of nature and incidents, it is certainly much more than a mere adrenaline pusher. The only jarring note I can think of is that the voice of the narrator does not change with his age. Otherwise, this book has it all, murder, mystery, vendetta, intrigue, sex, terror, sacrifice, treachery – all the ingredients that make an engrossing read.

Does the sins of our childhood haunt us so much into adulthood; can it bring such ruin, such destruction as described in the book?. I have difficulty imagining it. That way the characters in The Shadow of The Wind are entirely fictitious, caught up in a maelstrom of desire, vengeance and rapacity which are largely absent in life with its mundane rhythms. I liked it primarily for the dark and gloomy atmosphere that pervades the book and its overtones of magical realism.

Go for it, if not for sheer pleasure, at least for a flight of fancy…

The Shadow of The Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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