The Shadow of the Wind: Cemetery of Forgotten Books

As I walked in the dark through the tunnels and tunnels of books, I could not help being overcome by a sense of sadness. I couldn’t help thinking that if I, by pure chance, had found a whole universe in a single unknown book, buried in that endless necropolis, tens of thousands more would remain unexplored, forgotten forever. I felt myself surrounded by millions of abandoned pages, by worlds and souls without an owner sinking in an ocean of darkness, while the world that throbbed outside the library seemed to be losing its memory, day after day, unknowingly, feeling all the wiser the more it forgot.

—Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

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4 comments on “The Shadow of the Wind: Cemetery of Forgotten Books

  1. Tom says:

    Well Sylvia, once again you've put me on to an interesting author. Great quote – consider me intrigued, but how do you like the book so far?

  2. Sylvia says:

    Tom, would you believe I heard about the book from a famous football (soccer) player? 😀 I am enjoying it very much so far. It has touches of mystery and magic realism that I really like. The book reminds me a little of 2666.

  3. Stefanie says:

    Loved this book! Isn't the Cemetery of Forgotten Books amazing?

  4. Sylvia says:

    Stefanie, yes, I think I should post a bit more about it. It's such a mysterious, intriguing idea.

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