BOOKS ARE MIRRORS: YOU ONLY SEE IN THEM WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE INSIDE YOU
This month’s book reco is a very special one… as The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón is our favourite book. It is the first book of a trilogy and it is with certainty the most unique of all three.
The Shadow of the Wind is a book about books (you will understand what we mean once you read it), about mystery and tragic love. It is also a book about people and the psychology behind them. The characters are elaborately drawn which allows you to interact personally with them, their imperfections and decisions. You strongly hate them or love them and feel what they experience throughout the story due to the author's great narrative power.
Based in Barcelona, in the first half of the 20th century, where the city is slowly healing from the wounds of the Civil War, the Shadow of the Wind is wrapped with mystery and a gothic atmosphere. The book opens with Daniel Sempere discovering by the hand of his father, an antiquarian book dealer, The Cemetery of Lost Books: a secret library hidden in the heart of the city full of rare books forgotten by the world. In its labyrinth of shelves, he finds “The Shadow of the Wind” by Julian Carax, which will forever since shape his life. This is the kick start of intense mystery and drama that is maintained until the last page.
The novel is full of sensitive quotes that invite you to meditate. Very worth reading!
“Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down the pages, its spirit grows and strengthens”