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The Shadow of the Wind Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of The Shadow of the Wind

Young Daniel Sempere is taken by his father to a place called the Cemetery of Lost Books where he is told to adopt a book to keep its memory alive. He adopts a book called “The Shadow of the Wind” by a writer named Julian Carax. After he reads he book he becomes obsessed with Carax and his work and begins a search for everything he can find out about the author. He is told that Carax was killed in a duel just before he was to be married to an older woman.   He discovers that someone has been trying to destroy all of Carax's novels even though he has not been a very successful writer.

As Daniel grows older he discovers more and more about Carax. The more he discovers the closer the author's life comes to his own. Both are involved in love affairs with young girls whose families disapprove of them. Both affairs are discovered, and both men are separated from their loved ones. Carax never does find out what happened to his beloved.

This report prepared by Jack Goodstein








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   fighting matchbreaker (parents/authorities) Life of a profession:    -   writer Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Spain Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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