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The Shadow of the Windの感想・レビュー・書評
as a rule of thumb, when selecting books by unknown authors (read: authors not in my fave list), i always pick up the thickest book i can lay my hands on. its just my cheapskate way of ensuring that the reading length is worth the money spent. i wont bother with books that i can finish reading in 30 seconds. okay, thats a bit exaggerating. maybe 30 minutes.
aaaand, as long as i could remember, since i was in my teens, my taste in books, i mean fictions, has always been inclined towards non-simple story lines. i like plots that make me think, take me traveling, give me insights into a distant place or event or time, widen my knowledge in general, and have twisted ending.
for the reasons above, it is no wonder that this book: the shadow of the wind by a spanish writer, carlos luis zafon, became one of my favorites.
i actually picked it up from the friday bazaar at cyberjaya's street mall a few years back. i have read it thrice since then. my depleting finances do not allow me to indulge the bibliophile in me, so now i recycle what i already have on my bookshelves. poor me.
back to zafon's writing.
this debut novel of his, with Barcelona in the post-spanish civil war era (did u know, the 3-year civil war which ended in 1939 was the chief reason why spain did not officially align herself to either the axis powers or the allied forces in the world war 2?) as the background setting, is a story within a story.
now does that sound complicated to u? good. challenge yourself. read on.
it is a gripping tale about a 13-year old boy named Daniel Sempere, who found a book entitled (surprise surprise!) The Shadow of the Wind, in a secret place called Cemetery of Forgotten Books (doesnt that sound exotic? mysterious and exotic), written by Julian Carax, an unknown author, who seemed to have a mysterious past enshrouding him. Daniel soon learned that the book in his hand was priceless, as he heard stories of a mysterious man who looked for books written by Carax, only to burn all of them. thus began Daniel's life-long quest to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of Carax 30 years prior in Paris, and the subsequent destruction of his novels.
his investigation, aided by his older friend with a shady past, Fermin Romero de Torres, made him realize the congruity of his love story with that of Carax, which was very far from fortunate. however, by finding out the truth about carax enabled daniel to take a different path, which led him to have a different ending than that of the mysterious writer.
Carax's love story was a tragic one, brought by disparity in social classes, and an illicit affair swept under the carpet (which only served to prove why extra marital affairs are a big no-no).
also highlighted in the story is a parent's enduring love towards his child, regardless of years of animosity between them, and also of a lasting loyalty of a friend, who sacrificed himself in the name of friendship.
and also of unrequited loves.
i'm running out of words now. u can google for the synopsis of this novel yourself.
bottom line is, i tell u, this is one heck of a gut-wrenching tale that u should not not read.
till the next book.
１０歳の少年は一冊の本「Shadow of the wind」と出会う。