Day 07: Most Underrated Book

Underrated? Hmm -mutters to self-

Me, myself, and I all agree. This book has to be The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon:


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Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

Originally, I came across this novel during grade 12 English class, in high school. I was wary of it ’cause my school’s version looked so sketchy. But then I started reading it and was like *A*

I LOVED this book. Honestly, it was amazing. The plot was intricately woven within itself, creating numerous strings of lives that intertwined, crisscrossed, and tangled with one another. I loved how this book had multiple stories within the story and yet it was never confusing, it was never hard to read, it was just absolutely captivating.

I love the character too. Every single one had their own story line, each one with a defining factor that made them memorable and three-dimensional. I can’t even really choose a favourite character ’cause they were all so real, and so well written. But I did love Fermin, who was quite funny.

ASDFGHJKL I would say more about this book, but the amazingness of it can’t really be described, it has to be experienced. I never hear anything about this book in Canada – it’s not really hyped up here. Maybe it’s ’cause it was originally a Spanish novel, but it’s REALLY good !

The Shadow of the Wind? Definitely an underrated book, but I fell in love with it, so check it out if you get the chance ~!

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