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July Bookclub - "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Let's visit the beautiful and magical city of Barcelona! "The Shadow of the Wind", by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, is a mystery set in Barcelona, Spain in 1945. This novel is an international sensation (sold in more than 20 countries and been number one on the Spanish best-seller list), and recently translated into English.
A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets.
Full of unusual characters, and strong in its sense of place (Spain under Franco), this is a touching coming of age story as well as a Goth-like mystery around book burning. Part detective story, part adventure, part romance, fantasy, and gothic horror, the intricate plot is urged on by foreshadowing and nail-nibbling tension. This is rich, lavish storytelling.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    ha! I just realized this is a restaurant.... thought you were being cute and saying in Spanish to come to your house!! =)

    July 20, 2013

  • Desiree

    I hate to back out last minute but something came up :/ Im pretty disappointed because I loved this book

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    since youre having it at home, do you need anyone to bring anything ?

    July 19, 2013

  • Tracy O.

    Sorry ladies, I can't make it this Saturday.

    July 16, 2013

  • Heather G.

    Argh!!!!!! I'm the one who requested this book and I can't make it!!

    July 13, 2013

  • lisa

    I would love to be able to attend but I'm working that day :(

    July 12, 2013

  • chandra

    Hi Tessa! - Thanks for the suggestions. "And the Mountains Echoed" is already on our upcoming reading list - but it is not available in paperback yet as far as I know (cheaper in paperback), so we were waiting a bit on that one.
    I loved his previous 2 books.
    PS - Feel free to email Carol and me directly if you don't want to post a comment to everyone - can do so through Meet-up.
    Chandra : )

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Tessa

    Hey guys, I'm not very techy so I don't know how else to write a message on here, but I had some suggestions for books. My friends on goodreads are raving over "And the mountains echoed" and "A tiger's wife"... Would either of those be something people would be interested in? "And the mountains echoed" is written by the same person who wrote "The kite runner" and "A thousand splendid suns" Just a suggestion!

    1 · July 4, 2013

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