Saturday, February 26, 2011

The shadow of the wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'cemetery of lost books', a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out LA SOMBRA DEL VIENTO by Julian Carax.

But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find. Then, one night, as he is wandering the old streets once more, Daniel is approached by a figure who reminds him of a character from LA SOMBRA DEL VIENTO, a character who turns out to be the devil. This man is tracking down every last copy of Carax's work in order to burn them. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to find out the truth behind the life and death of Julian Carax and to save those he left behind. A page-turning exploration of obsession in literature and love, and the places that obsession can lead.

Marie ----
I liked so much this book, and especially stories of impossible love. I like letter of Pénélope to Julian. When I read it, I had the feeling of writting it for a special person.

" ... I want nothing else in this world that to know you happy, Julian, that everything that you aspire to become reality and that even if you forget me over time, you may understand one day how much I loved you .. ..."
Bea to Daniel :
" ... I think that nothing arrives by chance. That in fact things follow a hidden plan, even if we do not understand it. ..."
The doctor and the character of the novel.
" ....
- From what does he suffer?*
- I could say to you that it is of the heart, but he dies from solitude. The memories are the worse than bullets.
Nuria Monfort in her last letter.
"... Of all the things which Julian wrote, the one of which I always felt the closest is that we remain alive as long as somebody remembers us..... "

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