This is probably my favorite novel of all time. I mean this without a hint of hyperbole. It’s been so long since I’ve contemplated a statement like this that I am nervous about expressing it, but I believe it is true. Don’t even read this review just go out and get this book. Don’t wait for it at the library, go buy it. You’ll want to read it again.
The plot of Shadow of the Wind is difficult to describe in a sentence or two. It is the story of a young man (Daniel Sempere) who comes into possession of a rare book in a mysterious secret library called the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. After falling in love with the novel, he seeks to learn more about the author (Julian Carax). From there the mystery begins as no one seems to know much of the author and Daniel discovers that someone has been seeking out and destroying all copies of Carax’s works. Continue reading