After our brief foray into pure nonfiction with The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, by the late great Oliver Sacks, the Field Notes Book Group is once again returning to the world of fiction for our November selection, which we will be discussing on November 18, from 11 to 12:30, and what a novel it is! Carlos Ruiz-Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind is one of my personal favorite books, a real page turner, an international bestseller, with something for everyone.
You know how people say “They don’t write ‘em like that anymore”? Well, The Shadow of the Wind disproves that claim. Set in Barcelona after the end of World War II, the book starts with our young protagonist, Daniel, entering the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and choosing the one book he will protect for the rest of his life (already you’re intrigued, aren’t you? Admit it). He chooses Julian Carax’s book, The Shadow of the Wind, devours it in one night, and then sets out to find other books by the author. He is shocked to discover that he may very well have in his possession the ONLY book by Carax still in existence, because someone is busy destroying all the other copies of Carax’s books. Who’s doing this, and why? Naturally Daniel wants to find this out, but his search leads him to danger and secrets, wonderful characters, mystery and doomed love, adventure and intrigue.
Copies will be available for all members of the group at the Field Library’s Circulation desk. Come in and pick up your copy, and clear some time on your schedule so you can enjoy the fun of this book. Join us on November 18, from 11 to 12:30, for coffee, refreshments and lively discussion!