Let’s get gothic darlings, with today’s selection!
Barcelona, 1945: 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–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.
Why I Love This Book:
The Shadow of the Wind starts when Daniel’s father takes him as a youth to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. As a book lover, I was basically sold right then and there. The cemetery is a secret building where Daniel is charged with finding a book that will be his to protect. That’s when he finds The Shadow of the Wind and our story begins. Just the very notion of a cemetery of forgotten books hooked me in. This book is moody, eerie and set against the perfect backdrop of a city still trying to shake off the loss, pain and paranoia of the Spanish Civil War. It’s a gothic time in a gothic city with a story containing all the best gothic elements of love, mourning, madness, murder all bound up in haunting imagery. It is a tale of shadows, both metaphoric and literal, as each character must decide whether they will succumb to theirs. The Shadow of the Wind is dazzling and unputdownable. A truly epic read.
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