Friday, January 11, 2008

The Shadow of the Wind

I finished it a couple of days ago, but I wanted to process it a little before I wrote my review. I liked it a lot when I finished it, but I've decided that I like this book even more now.

The plot of the novel is actually kind of difficult to describe. The book is set in Barcelona in the post-WW2 era, when fascism reigns supreme. The story involves a bookseller, his son, a beggar, a villain, love interests, a murder, and a very singular book--The Shadow of the Wind. Being that it is a book about a book, any plot synopsis you may read can be somewhat confusing. But, the way the story unravels is truly spectacular and beautifully crafted.

There was something about the book that reminded me of The Rule of Four, although I liked this one better. This book came recommended to me by two friends from my church book club. But, be aware, Clean Flicks would have had to delete words and scenes.

Even though it is the first book I've read this year, I wouldn't be surprised to see it on my Top 10 list at the end of 2008.

3 comments:

Stephanie said...

I read this book for my book club and we all agreed how interesting, mysterious and wonderfully written it was. Great review.
Stephanie
http://thewrittenword.wordpress.com

Tricia said...

Stephanie: I'm glad to know other people have liked it as I'm recommending it right and left now. I loved the mystery element too.

momseguine said...

I finished it on the plane to SLC and left it for Julie. I really liked it!!