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The Shadow of the Wind: The Cemetery of Forgotten Books 1 Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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'Gothic twists lurk in the shadows of post-war Spain Zafon's atmospheric novel, read by actor James Wilby which will delight fans of Umberto Eco' -- WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY
The discovery of a forgotten book leads to a hunt for an elusive and mysterious author. A multi-million bestselling novel from an international literary sensation. Abridged edition featuring a bonus interview with the author.See all Product description
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Gothic, beautifully written, filled with mystery, intrigue and characters that you simply can't put down.
This is a detective story that you never know who is actually being hunted 'The Devil' or the author. A young boy who is obsessed with a book and therefore a story, a history that is unsolved and he must be the one to unravel it. Set on the streets of Barcelona against backdrop filled with corruption and dark alleys this book is one that every fan of Gothic literature must read and trust me, you'll go back for more and more.
What sets this book apart, and at the top, is the characterisation. Not just of the players but of the city itself. There are moments of poetic beauty and those moments sit comfortably beside the bawdy comedy of one particular character who often manages to be poetic and bawdy at the same time!
There is a sadness, a darkness and intrigue running through the story that keep it moving at a wonderful pace.
A fantastic book.
A great story but I won't seek more reads from this author.
Aptly, as the three books centre around a bookshop, they are written with real care and the style and vocabulary are really superb. There are references to magical events which is why they can be a little spine-tingling. By the time you have read these books you could just about find your way around Barcelona without a street map.
Really first class, I cannot think of a better book written in the last 20 years.
Characters are well defined, the prose is a delight to read, a nod of gratitude to Lucia Graves for her translation, the plot is not complicated but isn't straightforward either. Difficult to pigeon-hole, it is part historical mystery, part thriller, part love story, part political, part ...(difficult to pigeon-hole).
The novel spans many decades though its "present day" is 1940's Spain or more specifically Barcelona.
The Shadow Of The Wind isn't just a fictitious story or a novel with a story within a story - it is much much more.
The three novels: "The Shadow Of The Wind"; "The Angel's Game"; "The Prisoner Of Heaven", can be read in any order without spoiling the narrative.
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