Believe it or not, this book has been sitting on my shelf for years. In fact, it had been sitting on the bottom shelf of the bookcase in the guest room, and I rarely even glanced at it. I must have, at one time, thought it looked intriguing, but sadly (like so many others) lost out to the new books that come home with me. Recently, however, I have been hearing about it from friends and acquaintances who tell me I must read it. So read it I will. Whether or not it's the absolute page-turner they describe, it has been ranked quite highly on Goodreads so I have no doubt it will be worth our while! You can find the Reading Guide underneath the description of the book below. And please leave a comment if you are going to be participating in this month's Book Club read-a-long, so I know who my compadres are. (Just in case you are confused, Carlos Ruiz Zafon wrote the prequel, The Angel's Game, after The Shadow of the Wind, so we are reading in the correct order).
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Barcelona, 1945—Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes one day to find that he can no longer remember his mother’s face. To console his only child, Daniel’s widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona’s guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.
Daniel’s father coaxes him to choose a book from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves, one that, it is said, will have a special meaning for him. And Daniel so loves the book he selects, a novel called The Shadow of the Wind by one Julian Carax, that he sets out to find the rest of Carax’s work. To his shock, he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written. In fact, he may have the last of Carax’s books in existence.
Before Daniel knows it, his seemingly innocent quest has opened a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets, an epic story of murder, magic, madness, and doomed love, and before long he realizes that if he doesn’t find out the truth about Julian Carax, he and those closest to him will suffer horribly. (description taken from the dust jacket of the book)
Reading Schedule (feel free to read at your own pace or follow along with this schedule to make sure you are finished by the end of June):
Week One (June 1- 8): read to page 122
Week Two (June 9-15): read to page 244
Week Three (June 16-22): read to page 366
Week Four (June 23-30): read to page 487 (finish book)