If you are an avid reader with a liking for Barcelona, allow us to invite you to join the millions of Spaniards that have fallen in love with this novel and its writer’s ability to translate – gracefully and evocatively – Barcelona into words. Welcome to our Shadow of the wind review, a book by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

The Shadow of the Wind review. The novel that will make you feel like you are walking through Gaudi’s Barcelona

Book synopsis

Barcelona, 1945. A 10-year-old Daniel is taken by his father, a librarian, to the cemetery of lost books where he is allowed to choose one book and save it from oblivion.

The special relationship he forges with this book will impact his life in ways he can not imagine. His life his life will take a sudden, dark twist, and he notices he is being followed by what appears to be a character from the book.

The Shadow of the Wind Book Review

You will be touched by Daniel’s kindness to others, amazed by his loyalty, and tremble as he falls in love for the first time.

This novel will allow you to discover the most poetic and mysterious Barcelona, joining Daniel on this coming of age tale set in the Gothic Barcelona of 1945.

It will make you fall in love with the city and its peculiar inhabitants.

The Shadow of the Wind review
The Shadow of the Wind review / Alfons Taekema / Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/)

Other book reviews for the Shadow of the Wind

  • A hymn of praise to all the joys of reading (Independent)

  • One of those rare novels that combine brilliant plotting with sublime writing (Sunday Times)

  • A book lover’s dream (The Times)

  • Irresistibly readable…Walk down any street in Zafon’s Barcelona and you’ll glimpse the shades of the past and the secrets of the present (Guardian)

  • Diabolically good (Elle)

  • A deeply satisfying, rich, full read (Sunday Telegraph)

shadow of the wind book review
The Shadow of the Wind book review / Alex Quezada / https://unsplash.com

Originally published in 2001, The Shadow of the wind has sold more than 10 million copies around the world. The critics have also acclaimed this unique novel. 

As it is now available in English you can not pick a better book if you are planning to visit Barcelona. It is perfect you’d like to get into the mood and see the city through the eyes of a local.

The Shadow of the Wind review. Save money on your trip to Barcelona!

The best hotel deals with free cancellation and great customer service here>

*  This blog contains affiliate links. If you purchase or book something, we get a commission at no extra cost to you.

You might also enjoy: