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5.0 out of 5 stars Enduring Classic
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is literary fiction in the truest sense. It is a novel about books - about one book in particular - and about the power of words to inspire, inflame and ultimately destroy.
10-year-old Daniel Sempere discovers `The Shadow of the Wind' in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and from that moment his life becomes entwined with and...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lost in translation?
I found this book disappointing. Though the evocation of the city, and the insights into Spanish politics were interesting, on the whole it seemed sloppily and speedily written and the translation equally so. There were several instances of characters using slang from the 1980s and 90s when they were talking in a post-war time period, and this sounded really odd. There...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 23 April 2008
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this book is still one of my favourites. Beautifully written, well thought out characters, and set in such an interesting time in spanish history.
it doesnt matter if you dont know much about it, it wont ruin the book for you.
i read this book in one read, i simply couldnt put it down.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a book not to be forgotten!, 8 Aug. 2007
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i have just finished reading this book and not only did the ending move me to tears but i can honestly say this was one of the best books i have ever read- and i must say i usually only read classics. i read all 500 some pages in 4 days, sadly its over. it transported me to another place and time, meeting characters that deeply touched me. a book not to be forgotten.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as you may have thought, 4 Mar. 2007
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From all the hype about the book (Richard & Judy, rave reviews) I thought this book must be a masterwork. It's definitely not bad, but it seemed a little too weird to be taken seriously. It does deserve merit, because of the well written style, but it fell short of my expectaions.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books i have ever read!, 8 May 2007
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I was totally absorbed by this book. The premise of the story doesnt sound believable, but the characters are well-written enough that you enter into their world. One of those books that when you get to the end you wish you had read it slower so it didnt have to end so soon...i have recommended this to everyone who will listen!
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Segrada Familia Code, 31 Aug. 2006
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This year's holiday reading borders on the excellent, but misses very slightly. A thoroughly enjoyable read, and since this is a translation - ignore other adverse comments - it is a thoroughly readable translation. The flaws and weaknesses of some of the characters actually add to the charm in my view. As one who enjoys a good read, this is actually much closer to John Fowles than to Dan Brown. But then I'm one of those who still see Dan Brown as the Coldplay of the literary world - a victory of marketing over substance. The Da Vinci Code offended my senses and was confined to the green box. Shadow of the Wind will not be confined to my Cemetery of Forgotten Books, but will remain on view without shame. Well worth the time and the money....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, 28 April 2015
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Great Book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 Mar. 2015
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great book
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Massively Overrated, 18 Oct. 2005
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Lots of praise has been poured on this book from both critics and friends (as on the Da Vinci Code?!) so maybe I expected too much. I was hugely disappointed but made it to the end of the book just to see if the plot was as obvious as I thought. There was something very child-like about the writing; The characters were extremely superficial, having in most cases a dramatic background story in place of any actual depth. The plot itself was ridiculous and the name-checking of well known streets and haunts in Barcelona annoying. Absolute nonsense.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So near and yet....., 25 Sept. 2008
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For me the sum of its parts do not add up to the intrigue of the novel's basic premise.

It's a good read, occasionally a riveting read, with some really interesting characters, plots and sub-plots and yet there is something intangible that prevents me from saying this was a truly great read. I felt somewhat let down at the end and I really can't explain why? Perhaps the blistering start to the novel raised my expectations above and beyond the realms of reason, but towards the end the twists and turns seemed formulaic even signposted.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, 18 Sept. 2007
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I was recommended this by a friend who said that this and "The Kite Runner" were her top reads this year. For me it didn't quite live up to The Kite Runner but it was a fabulously written, wonderfully translated and beautifully crafted book that I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters are credible and leave you wanting to get to know them more; the clever inter-weaving of the stories is done superbly. it could have been much more obvious but it is fresh and fascinating. I can't praise this highly enough. Definitely worth at least one read.
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