Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The book takes place in the country: YES
The author is from the country: YES
I have visited: YES (updated in Fall, 2019 - we finally visited Barcelona! Amazing trip)
This was my 100th book last year, and what a book it was. It was recommended to me by a couple of people through my reading groups, and I kept putting it off. I was blown away by this book -it is one of the best books I have ever read. Ever. Just incredible from beginning to end.
I have Spain on my short list while we are living here in Switzerland. Again - it gets pushed back in our travels, but I think this is the year I will go with the family. My husband has been several times to Spain for work trips, and my daughter is getting a chance to spend a week there with her school trip this year. It is so close for us that it is time to check it out.
**Updated - we traveled to Barcelona in Fall, 2019 and had an incredible time. It is an amazing place.
Barcelona, 1945: a young boy named Daniel visits a crypt that holds old and unusual books. He picks up a book called "The Shadow of the Wind" by an author named Julian Carax. He becomes infatuated with the book and wants to find other works by this author. When he sets out to find them, he makes a shocking discovery - none exist. Someone has been destroying them, and Daniel may have the last book in existence. Daniel sets out on a quest to discover why, and over several years, it opens the door to Barcelona's darkest secrets. Daniel soon discovers a past with Carax and the people around him that is full of murder and lost love.
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I don't want to say too much about it, because I feel that this is a book you need to experience for yourself. The writing is superb from the beginning. The story is compelling with several twists and turns and also there is a back story of almost all of the characters. You are easily sucked in to their lives - waiting to learn more.
This book is amazing. I don't give a lot of books a 5 rating, but this one deserves it. You must read this book - don't miss it.