Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday Salon: November Book Club The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Things have been a bit quiet here at Redlady's Reading Room but I have plans to change that. Life has been busy these past few months with many changes and I've had to blog less. I'm adjusting to my new job and am actually working less hours now which will be wonderful all around. I'll be able to manage working, my home life and reading more. I do enjoy my job, working with kids in the schools is challenging but rewarding as well. My son turned 12 this month and we can't believe that we'll have a teenager in the house next year!

I've missed visiting other blogs and feel out of the loop in the blogging world and among my blogger friends. I plan to stop and visit other blogs more. I've noticed that Blogger continues to make changes and it seems that it's become even less user friendly and I'm seriously considering moving over to Wordpress. 

My book club met this month and we discussed The  Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Shadow of the Wind is set in Barcelona, Spain the native country of Ruiz Zafón and is a translation which was beautifully done. The book opens in 1945 when Daniel, a 10 year son of a bookseller is taken to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books by his father where he discovers The Shadow of the Wind, by Julián Carax. The novel weaves a fascinating tale that takes Daniel on a search to find out more about the mysterious author Julián Carax. The story takes the reader back in time to pre- World War II Barcelona and into the lives of interesting and unusual characters. The story moves along as Daniel continues to get older and uncover more about Julián Carax. The book is part mystery, romance, Gothic and coming of age story. The writing was beautiful and the story was richly layered and kept my interest throughout the book. I loved the Gothic mystery and darkness that shadowed the story and the richness of the characters. This is definitely a book that one who loves books and literature will enjoy.

My book club unanimously liked the book and we had a great discussion about the book and author. My friend who hosted the book club found the author  Carlos Ruiz Zafón website which features a music soundtrack that the author composed for The Shadow of the Wind that is produced, composed and performed by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. You can download the files to listen to at the website, here. We listened to this music during our book club discussion which was very enjoyable to listen to.

The Shadow of the Wind


  1. Wasn't The Shadow of the Wind a wonderful book! I'm glad you enjoyed it, Bonnie. It made me want to visit Barcelona someday. I have the sequel on my TBR shelf.
    It's nice to see you back :-)

  2. Hi Bonnie! What a great book-I'm with Mary I would love to visit Barcelona someday!

  3. Wow...12!! It's amazing how fast time flies by and to think they were itty bitty once!!! I've not had any problems with blogger..what have you been experiencing??? I've missed you, but know that life is hectic and some things just need to take a backseat. I've cut down on my posting because I've been focusing on other things at the moment. Hope your week is wonderful!!!

  4. I liked this book a lot. lad to see you postin Bonnie. Hope the new job is good 4 you.

  5. I adored SHADOW but not book two. It had an entirely different feel to it. I just couldn't get into it and was disappointed in the end.

    My book club reads Shadow at the beginning of the year so I hope they like it too.


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