My obsession started when my colleague lent me her copy of “The Shadow of the Wind”. I took it on with zero expectation. I didn’t know what the book was about, I didn’t know who the author was and I didn’t even check out the reviews. Call it a leap of faith if you will.
In my opinion, The Shadow of the Wind cannot be encapsulated in just one category or genre. It’s a myriad of genres all rolled into one. I would describe it as part historical fiction, part love story and mystery, and part thriller. The story is set in Barcelona in the 1940s and the story revolves around a boy named Daniel Sempere whose life had changed forever the moment his father brought him to the Cemetery of Lost Books. In the hundreds of thousands of books kept hidden in that mysterious secret library, he found one book (or did the book find him?) that started it all. Ever since he kept that book in his possession, strange things started happening. A lot of characters surface in the story (Fermin Romero De Torres being my favorite) and their lives all happen to be intertwined.
Even if the book didn’t jump out at me on the get go (I actually dozed off in the first few chapters), a good friend who has an impeccable taste in books (you know who you are) nudged me to keep going and I’m glad I did. The story picked up and boy what a story it was! I pray to the literary Gods that this book be made into a movie! The story will blow people’s minds. I give this book a 5 out of 5.
I let the Shadow of the Wind linger in my memory for about a week before I started fresh with a new book. I usually start a new book right after I finish reading another but in this case, I didn’t want the memories to disappear too quickly. Does that ever happen to you? When you love a book so much that you just don’t want to move on yet?
Anyway, I purchased the next two books right away and I’m already reading the Angel’s Game. I’m glad that it’s up to quite an engaging start (no room for dozing off here) and if this story bears any semblance to its predecessor’s brilliantly-written story, then hey…I guess I’m about to embark on another amazing journey! I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it. I know, I’m such a geek so sue me. haha.
This one’s already waiting for me. I can’t wait.
Have you read any of Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s books? Which one’s your favorite? Are there any author’s work you’ve been currently obsessing about? I’d love to know! 🙂