What a beautifully written book! I can’t remember ever reading a book that read like a poem. The result gives the feel of a smoky, vintage detective movie, filled with intrigue. As I read it, I was enraptured and I wondered what was around the corner. The novel also touches on how we can see ourselves in literature, which is what truly attracts us to great books. Moreover, the dialogue of Fermín Romero de Torres was priceless.
The only drawback to this book, without revealing any spoilers, is how the mystery is finally unveiled. Instead of a letter format, it would have been nice if the life of Julian Carax was revealed in a more creative, intricate way to better reflect the rest of the novel.
The Shadow of the Wind is a true ode to literature and I highly recommend it!