From the Publisher:
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.
I loved this book. Loved it! Of course I had to pick it up-it was another book about books, and I simply cannot resist those. When I started reading it I was going through a streak of horribly written books that I had to force myself to finish (because I hate not finishing a book), and what a refreshing change this one was. I didn’t want to finish it, not because it was horrible but because of the opposite-it was so beautifully written that I didn’t want it to end. Absolutely beautiful language, and I’m thinking about picking up a Spanish copy also just to read it in the original language. The story itself is so tragic that I can’t believe I actually enjoyed reading it. I just couldn’t wait to see how it was going to end. This book had everything I am looking for in a book-an interesting story line, well developed characters, beautiful language, and a little bit of mystery thrown in. I am definitely going to continue reading this author.