New Meetup: June Book Meetup - Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

From: Duncan
Sent on: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 12:39 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Metro DC Book Meetup Club!

What: June Book Meetup - Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

When: Wednesday, June 30,[masked]:30 PM

Where:
Elephant & Castle
1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202)[masked]

The polls are now closed and the winner this month is Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. This is a wonderful book and should lead to a good discussion.

From Publishers Weekly
Ruiz Zaf?n's novel, a bestseller in his native Spain, takes the satanic touches from Angel Heart and stirs them into a bookish intrigue ? la Foucault's Pendulum. The time is the 1950s; the place, Barcelona. Daniel Sempere, the son of a widowed bookstore owner, is 10 when he discovers a novel, The Shadow of the Wind, by Juli?n Carax. The novel is rare, the author obscure, and rumors tell of a horribly disfigured man who has been burning every copy he can find of Carax's novels. The man calls himself La?n Coubert-the name of the devil in one of Carax's novels. As he grows up, Daniel's fascination with the mysterious Carax links him to a blind femme fatale with a "porcelain gaze," Clara Barcel?; another fan, a leftist jack-of-all-trades, Ferm?n Romero de Torres; his best friend's sister, the delectable Beatriz Aguilar; and, as he begins investigating the life and death of Carax, a cast of characters with secrets to hide. Officially, Carax's dead body was dumped in an alley in 1936. But discrepancies in this story surface. Meanwhile, Daniel and Ferm?n are being harried by a sadistic policeman, Carax's childhood friend. As Daniel's quest continues, frightening parallels between his own life and Carax's begin to emerge. Ruiz Zaf?n strives for a literary tone, and no scene goes by without its complement of florid, cute and inexact similes and metaphors (snow is "God's dandruff"; servants obey orders with "the efficiency and submissiveness of a body of well-trained insects"). Yet the colorful cast of characters, the gothic turns and the straining for effect only give the book the feel of para-literature or the Hollywood version of a great 19th-century novel.
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We will be meeting at 6.30 for food and drink with a book conversation starting at 7. We should still have our private room at the back.

RSVP's will open approximately 2 weeks before the Meetup.

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/MetroDCBookClub/calendar/13658258/

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