San Diego Women's Book Club

  • February 6, 2010 · 12:00 PM
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Our book to read for the month of January is "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Here is a review below. From Booklist
Call it the "book book" genre: this international sensation (it has sold in more than 20 countries and been number one on the Spanish best-seller list), newly translated into English, has books and storytelling--and a single, physical book--at its heart. In post-World War II Barcelona, young Daniel is taken by his bookseller father to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a massive sanctuary where books are guarded from oblivion. Told to choose one book to protect, he selects The Shadow of the Wind, by Julian Carax. He reads it, loves it, and soon learns it is both very valuable and very much in danger because someone is determinedly burning every copy of every book written by the obscure Carax. To call this book--Zafon's Shadow of the Wind-- old-fashioned is to mean it in the best way. It's big, chock-full of unusual characters, and strong in its sense of place. Daniel's initiation into the mysteries of adulthood is given the same weight as the mystery of the book-burner. And the setting--Spain under Franco--injects an air of sobriety into some plot elements that might otherwise seem soap operatic. Part detective story, part boy's adventure, part romance, fantasy, and gothic horror, the intricate plot is urged on by extravagant foreshadowing and nail-nibbling tension. This is rich, lavish storytelling, very much in the tradition of Ross King's Ex Libris (2001). Keir Graff
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  • Toni

    Although due to the heavy rain there were only 8 of us present, the group was very enthusiastic and everyone jumped right in with their thoughts, questions and explanations. Fun group of ladies!

    February 6, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was fun and interesting. I'm definitely going back.

    February 6, 2010

  • Ronda Franke

    I really enjoy discussing the books with everyone and sharing thoughts and ideas about the characters and plot. I have enjoyed experiencing new authors and discovering books I wouldn't have normally read.

    February 6, 2010

  • Barbara Millar

    I have enjoyed the book but will be in Arizona and not able to attend the meeting.

    January 23, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just started the book and I'm very excited about it! Unfortunately I have to work at 130 this day, but I'll be there for as long as I can!

    January 8, 2010

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