Entries in CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON (2)


read this, and that

i finally got my copy of The Angel's Game, and am loving every sentence, chapter, and image i read. i've missed feeling like a book nerd, and this is just what i needed to get me going again. if you haven't heard of author, Carlos Ruiz Zafòn, or read The Shadow of the Wind, you're missing a whole other world of literature. this isn't really a book review, because i have yet to finish The Angel's Game, i guess it's more of a, "hey, pick up this book and read it with me, because it's that good!" kind of thing. truth is, if you picked up this book today and started reading it, you'd most likely finish it before me. i'm taking my time with this one. i'm re-reading paragraphs, and immersing myself in every little bit of this story. why? because i've learned that Zafòn's style of writing is beauty. it's character, setting, and plot driven, and it needs to be read more than once. i'm only a few chapters in and i already don't want it to end. lucky for me it's a 531 page book. i'll let you know how it goes, but it would definitely be awesome to hear someone else share in the excitement besides me. you don't need to start with The Shadow of the Wind (the sequel to The Angel's Game), but you should; since that's how he intended for us to read the story.


Consuming Literature


For the past month I have stopped writing so that I could concentrate on a book that I have not been able to put down. The book is, The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I'm almost to its end, and have found myself reading slowly as not to end it so quickly. I want to say it's one of the best pieces of literature I have read, because it is.
The story takes places in Barcelona during the 1950's when a father takes his son, Daniel, to The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Daniel is told to choose any book that 'calls to him' from the never-ending shelves of books that have long been awaiting a new reader. His father, a man who knows the place of each book in that room by memory is surprised when Daniel pulls out a book he has never seen, by an author he has never heard of. The book changes Daniel's life, and from that moment, Daniel becomes obsessed with finding any information he can about the author and the whereabouts of his previous novels (that he soon finds out have all been burned). He travels through the small village, a dark shadow of a man following in his tracks, meeting people that withhold details surrounding the true life of the author. As his quest continues, parallels between his own life and the life of the author begin to surface.
I feel lucky to have gotten the chance to read this story, and just had to tell you about it. It must be shared and enjoyed by anyone that still enjoys being taken to another world through language and literature.