Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Shadow of the Wind

By Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Rekindling a back burning interest in Spanish literature, I bought and read this book after having seen it on display in a book shop on Stortorv. Its been such a long time since I bought a book from an actual book store that I decided to ignore the ridiculous price (120kr) and just take a chance based on the cover which seemed moody enough to offer something interesting within.

Having now read the book, I am in two minds about it. Having bought the book by chance, I never expected a great novel, so I'm not disapointed in that regard, but neither am I particularly impressed either. The story is fairly interesting, but it rests on so many coincidences that it becomes something of a farce. Having said that, it does entertain, isn't pretentious, and does offer some interesting characters along the way. The story is interesting, but fairly predictable and the ambience is melancholy with small peaks of danger and charm.

Apparently there is a prequel out but I think I'm done with this story now.

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