"Our creator would never have made such lovely days, and given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal."
Monday, May 03, 2010
Spreading the Awesome: The Shadow of the Wind Review and Giveaway
Today, throughout the blogosphere, several hmm...bloggers are hmm... blogging about their favorite books (you thought I was going to say Blogs, right?) Check out Elana's blog for a complete list of awesomeness. There are several amazing contests going on.
Ever since I learned to read, I've devoured the written word. From Heidi to the dictionary, I read everything I could get my hands on. Once in a while, a book would hit me right in the heart, become part of me, marking me with its words forever. The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, is such a book.
The story starts in Barcelona. A father tells his son Daniel he can't tell anyone about the place they're about to visit, The Cemetery of Forgotten Books.
"Not even mom?" the boy asks.
"You can tell mom. We don't keep anything from her," says the father.
The boy chooses a book from the Cemetery, or the book chooses him. And since that moment, the story of Daniel and Julián Carax, the mysterious author of the book, intertwine over the following years, until they become one.
The Shadow of the Wind, a Gothic portrait of post Franco Barcelona, weaves romance, mystery, and suspense in a tapestry of plain beauty. I've read Eco, Borges, Marques, authors whom people compare to Zafón. Don't let these comparisons deter you from reading this wonderful book. Zafón is nothing like them. The characters are real, the dialog is superb, the descriptions are evocative. It's no wonder this book is an international best-seller.
I don't have a signed copy, but if you follow my blog and leave a comment today, tomorrow I'll draw a winner of a copy of The Shadow of the Wind or The Angel's Game, its companion book.
Last, but not least, Amy Holder has a wonderful review and contest in her blog too. Click on the links, they will connect all the blogs, or just go to Elana's main recommended reads page (the same link as above). Have fun!
Wow you guys! I'm going to have to do contest more often. Welcome wonderful new friends! I hope you'll stop by and visit after the contest too.
My Gorgeous Boy won second place on his futbol tournament, and I told him he can draw the name of the lucky winner of a copy of Shadow of the Wind. We won't be home until after 5 today (Tuesday) so there are still a few hours to enter the contest. Spread the word and spread the awesomeness!