I had been recommended this book by a lady in my book club for almost two years. It was definitely on the back burner under a list that was a mile long. At the end of 2010, I got a new notebook, and started fresh and clean with a new book list. I only added five. That was definitely do-able. Shadow on the Wind was on the list and it was at the library. I took a chance with a book I knew nothing about, other than two strong recommendations, and I sat on the couch for possibly three days straight.
This book is longer than most novels, at just under (or over?) 500 pages, it's quite a lift. The story, however, has it all: romance, comedy, action, irony, murder, mystery, religion and spiritual topics. Whoa. This story blew me away for a novel, which I don't read often (though, surprisingly, just about the only thing I've been reading this year).
The story is about a young man who works in a rare books store and through a series of events, reads a book called The Shadow of the Wind by a writer who is untraceable, and this is perhaps the last 'living' copy of the book. He reads it when he is 10 years old, and the story of the novel he reads, unfolds in his own life and drama throughout the next 8 or so years of his own life.
This story is very well crafted, interesting, and it's an international best-seller, set in Spain.
4 out of 5 stars for originality and dramatic story!
What are you reading these days?