Book Club Kit: The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the WindThe Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
First Published: 2001, Translation: 2004
10 Copies & Reading Guide

Barcelona, 1945—A great world city lies shrouded in secrets after the war, and a boy mourning the loss of his mother finds solace in his love for an extraordinary book called The Shadow of the Wind, by an author named Julian Carax. When the boy searches for Carax’s other books, it begins to dawn on him, to his horror, that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book the man has ever written. Soon the boy realizes that The Shadow of the Wind is as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget, for the mystery of its author’s identity holds the key to an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love that someone will go to any lengths to keep secret.

Reading Guide:
Penguin – Includes an Introduction to the Book, an Interview with the Author, and Discussion Questions

The New York Times – “In the Cemetary of Forgotten Books” by Richard Eder
The Observer (UK) – “Barça Loner” by Robert Colvile
Entertainment Weekly – “Book Review” by Rebecca Ascher-Walsh

Author’s Official Website:

Want the Soundtrack?
Carlos Ruiz Zafón produced, composed, arranged and performed the Soundtrack for the book. Each song is available for download on his website.

More about the Spanish Civil War:
Encyclopedia Britannica

Similar Reads:
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Interred with Their Bones (Book Club Kit) by Jennifer Lee Carrell

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One comment on “Book Club Kit: The Shadow of the Wind

  1. Our book reading club for March 2011 was led by Ina. It intrigued us to find a ten-year-old boy liking a book so much and wanting to find more books by the same author.

    The book was complicated and many might not have finished it, except for the anticipation of the book club meeting.

    There were a lot of philosophical statements in the book that many of the readers had not noticed. One such line was: “Every book has a soul, the soul of the person who wrote it and those who read it.” The main character Julian said, “if someone wanted to destroy him, they would destroy the characters in the book.” Another statement was “a stranger sees you the way you are, not the way they wish you are.” Another quote was “fools talk, cowards are silent, wise men listen.” Looking at some of these statements made for a lively book discussion.

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