A while back, a friend of mine offered me some audiobooks. One of the books he dumped onto my storage device was Shadow of the Wind
, by Carlos
Ruiz Zafón. The audiobook was only made more enjoyable when I learned the author had composed the piano pieces played in various places to help set
the mood. The story itself, is an interesting one. As it's a story within a story.
The main character is a young man named Daniel. Daniel's father and a few of his friends, have a secret library. A library they call, the cemetery of
forgotten books. The library is kept such a secret because of the passion for books those in the circle have. The library, is only open to those that
share the same love of books. And of course, those who are invited.
Daniel's father brings him to the cemetery of forgotten books. According to the tradition of this group of book lovers and their library, those
initiated must pick one book from the library, and must protect it for life. The book Daniel chooses, is Shadow of the Wind
, by Julián Carax.
Daniel becomes obsessed with the book and after completing it sets out to find other books written by the author, but finds none. One of the things he
does discover however, is that other people are equally obsessed with Julián Carax and his novels.
This book is about Daniel searching for information about Julián Carax and his life. Why there doesn't seem to be many, if any, copies of his
novels? Where he has disappeared to, and why? ...Among other mysteries I won't spoil here.
Like Daniel became interested in the fictional author of Shadow of the Wind
, I have become interested in the real life author. Carlos Ruiz
Zafón. From what I understand, there is a prequel to this story called The Angel's Game
. Interestingly enough, that title is mentioned in
Shadow of the Wind
as one of Julián Carax's other masterpieces. I also believe there are other books in this series, that has become known as
the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series.
Apart from recommending Shadow of the Wind
, I'm wondering if anyone is more familiar with Carlos Ruiz Zafón and these books. Is there indeed
a Cemetery of Forgotten Books series? If so, are they just as good? Maybe better? Thanks!