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The Shadow of the Wind

Title: The Shadow of the Wind
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Year First Published: 2005
Page Count: 487
Synopsis: Barcelona, 1945—A great world city lies shrouded in secrets after the war, and a boy mourning the loss of his mother finds solace in his love for an extraordinary book called The Shadow of the Wind, by an author named Julian Carax. When the boy searches for Carax’s other books, it begins to dawn on him, to his horror, that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book the man has ever written. Soon the boy realizes that The Shadow of the Wind is as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget, for the mystery of its author’s identity holds the key to an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love that someone will go to any lengths to keep secret.

Profanity Violence Sexual Content
There are many instances where profanity is used, however, it is used to blend in with the story. There are a few instances of violence on of them involving the main character. The story makes several sexual references throughout and describes sexual scenes between the characters in a relationship. Although frequent, they are is brief.
Characterization Plot Overall Rating
Characterization is very detailed and well developed. Most characters have a story that smoothly relates to the main story. Plot keeps improving the more you read. This book does very well with slowly uncovering facts and details in very good timing. Excellent book to read. There were very few instances where some details felt a bit overwhelming, but overall, the story line was kept interesting and well it was obvious that the author knew very well what he was doing.
This book just sucks you in. It is very well thought out and the voice and tone make it so vivid and passionate. The author does a good job of transmitting the feelings that the main character was experiencing. Excellent read.


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