Saturday, November 13, 2010

On My Wishlist (03)


On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. 

Barcelona, 1945—Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes one day to find that he can no longer remember his mother’s face. To console his only child, Daniel’s widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona’s guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

Daniel’s father coaxes him to choose a book from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves, one that, it is said, will have a special meaning for him. And Daniel so loves the book he selects, a novel called The Shadow of the Wind by one Julian Carax, that he sets out to find the rest of Carax’s work. To his shock, he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written. In fact, he may have the last of Carax’s books in existence.

Before Daniel knows it, his seemingly innocent quest has opened a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets, an epic story of murder, magic, madness, and doomed love, and before long he realizes that if he doesn’t find out the truth about Julian Carax, he and those closest to him will suffer horribly.
I've wanted to read this book for a while now. It seems so interesting and captivating. I have to push it up my TBR list.


  1. I started this book a while ago, but then I had to return it to the library... from what I've read, it's very good!

  2. OH my...this is one of my all-time favorite books...I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it.

    I even went to Barcelona to find all the places in the book. Barcelona is BEAUTIFUL.

    Read it is fantastic.

    I am also hopping by from the hop....stop by my blog to see my answer to this week's question.

  3. @Elizabeth

    That's great you went there! :D

    I'll defnitely read this book soon.

  4. I don't usually read historical fiction, but this does sound really good. I hope you get it soon and enjoy it.

    Happy Reading,