Hello my dear readers!
It’s that time of year again. Christmas is a week away. Aaaaand I still have presents to get *awkward grins*. Not that many though I’m on top of it this year surprisingly enough, given that all my time has been chewed up working on Pirates of Time and helping with Christmas lights. For anyone who’s seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Chevy Chase, for those of you wondering who the lead actor is), it’s an accurate representation of my house minus the snow of course, and the live tree. We had one of those a long, long time ago, and the smell was so awful after Christmas that we decided it wasn’t worth it.
Speaking of Christmas, if you’re looking for a last minute gift for an avid reader, I would highly suggest getting Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind as a present for them, or maybe even just for yourself. At 506 pages, you wouldn’t think it’s a book you could breeze through. Much to the contrary, it was one I read in four days flat and that’s a record for me. It’s a novel centering on the exploits of our protagonist – Daniel – and the book gifted to him by his father from the ‘Cemetery of Forgotten Books’, a book which he must spend his life protecting and caring for.
Okay, so it’s a book about other books. That stuff is a dime a dozen. Who would want to read it? Anyone who’s a writer, for starters. Or anyone who has a literary interest. Or anyone who likes murder mysteries/crime fiction/general mystery. Not only is Shadow of the Wind a book about other books, it’s also about the curious disappearance of the book’s author – Julian Carax – and how Daniel comes to discover all he can about Carax, and help to rescue the people that Carax left behind from the clutches of the corrupt Barcelona police department. Daniel also manages to fall in love, and its a journey that tugs at the heartstrings. The characters coax you into the story with them, and you can’t help but enjoy your time there through the highs and lows.
Does it have a message? I think so. For me, Shadow of the Wind is a story about life, and about taking care of not just your loved ones but also valuable items which could mean something not just to you but to other people, too. It’s about the strange, uncanny connections between people, places, objects and times, and it teaches you that everything in life is worth valuing. Also, don’t take things for granted. And I guess there’s also the motive of supporting your local independent bookstores in there, because you never know what you might find there.
So if you’re after a good holiday read, then pick up Shadow of the Wind. It’s solid and readers can connect with it easily, plus its very well written and entertaining.
A short review this time, I know. Next up will be JD Salinger’s Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenter and Seymour, an Introduction.
And happy holidays and good tidings to everyone.
Never stop reading!