REPS Recommends… The Shadow of the Wind

Abigail Cramer is the Librarian/Archivist at Historic New England, a member of the REPS steering committee, and a member of a handful of NEA Program Committees. Abby received her MLIS from Simmons College in 2012 and has a B.A. in English. She loves reading, loves being an archivist, and especially loves it when the two overlap.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The opening scene of The Shadow of the Wind was enough to convince me I would love it: the son of a rare book dealer, Daniel, is taken to “the cemetery of forgotten books” to select a book that will be his to protect in perpetuity. The “cemetery” is enough to make any book lover drool, with endless, labyrinthine shelves covered in rows of books two deep. The story of the boy’s love of the book is one that will feel familiar to any reader, and by the time you’ve read about it you’ll be hooked. But that’s only the beginning.

As Daniel, now a teenager, learns more about the author of the book, a mystery begins to unfold, and from there the novel takes off. It becomes an adventure, a mystery, and historical fiction all rolled into one, and it all centers around books and the relationships we build with them. The book is populated by fascinating characters, plot twists, and suspense. It’s a fast, fun read, and lucky for us, there’s a prequel: The Angel’s Game. I haven’t read it, but I’m looking forward to it.

What do you think about The Shadow of the Wind? Tell us below!

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