Carlos Ruiz Zafon Message Board
Lance posts on 12/4/2006 7:50:54 PM
This was the best book I've read in years. From the beginning Zafon had me under the same spell as Carax's book had young Daniel. I felt that the beginning and endings were excellent and that although some parts were predictable, the surprises more than made up for this. I loved the writing style and don't think that there could be much lacking in the translation, although I haven't read the Spanish version. Anyone who appreciates the advantages of a truly good book in this age of computers is sure to enjoy this novel. (Would you believe I picked up an unused copy at my local library for 50 cents?) I am definately looking forward to reading more of this authors works.
jim posts on 12/2/2006 6:02:58 PM
picked up this book in recife. it was the only book in english in my hotel. i read the first half on the 9 hour trip home. just finished it after laughing out loud, crying, sighing and gasping with amazement at the story. i thought the translation was a little week with some slangish terms in inappopriate places. generally ok, but with some glaringly cumbersome pieces. haven't been so charmed since my first reading of 100 years of solitude years ago.
Anita posts on 11/25/2006 8:40:08 PM
The Shadow of the Wind is a mixed bag. On one hand it has brilliant dialogues, beautiful descriptions and interesting philosophical observations. On the other hand, the narrative is interspersed with pseudo-romantic descriptions that cheapen and undermine the quality of the book. Also, the constant gloomy weather over a period of years and a span of countries are a bit tiresome. Written by a brilliant author who succumbs to airport quality romantic novels
rudy posts on 11/20/2006 12:52:01 AM
What a delicious novel; the cherry on a scoop of vanilla icecream eaten while soaking in a hot bubble bath on a cold winter night.
Katie B posts on 11/15/2006 1:43:25 PM
MY boyfriend bought Shadows of the Wind at a second-hand store, and could not put it down. When he passed it on to me, we both agreed it was one of the best books we'd ever read.
I have been looking for any more of his books that have been translated into English as a Christmas gift for him. Does anyone know of any?
chris posts on 10/27/2006 8:12:20 PM
I cannot begin to describe how beautiful, unique and spellbinding this book is. I brought it on the 15th october and finished last night, now my only regret is that I finished it so quickly. I felt geniunely depressed when I finshed it. It is such an amazing tale with some of the best written characters (Fermin especially)and sub-plots that have ever been printed. Now I think all those who have read this masterpiece should try to start a movement to get the rest of his novel published becasue otherwise the English speaking world will be missing out on the greatest author since a young Carax.
posts on 9/24/2006 10:30:26 PM
WOW! is all I can say. I could not put it down. I hope he writes more. The translation was very good. I have read other authors who had traslations done and their's were not as good.
posts on 8/30/2006 1:48:17 PM
On his original book tour for Shadow of the Wind he said that it was part of a trilogy that was somewhat interconnected and would probably reach the states in 07-08. He has many short stories out, most of which aren't available in English. He did just have some books and/or stories come out in Spain recently so maybe that's the next installment.
posts on 8/30/2006 4:25:40 AM
My Aunt from Taiwan lent mea copy of the SHADOWS OF THE WIND by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and this is one great book I have read in a while. The style is elegant. I hope to read more book such as this by this writer.
posts on 8/28/2006 12:38:42 PM
I was lent a copy by a friend.Simply the best book I have read,could not put it down,the character Fermin was a man I should love to have a beer or two with.
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