“Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the
person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with
it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes
down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafon came into my life as a teenager. I read The Angel’s Game because a boy I knew and thought I might like mentioned it. I actually didn’t like the boy, but I liked the book, and have been immersed in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series ever since. This blog was actually called thecemeteryof-forgottenbooks for a while, haha. They are so beautiful, and I can’t imagine how beautiful they must be in their original Spanish. I think there is a fourth book out now, but it hasn’t been translated into English yet. I eagerly await the day that it is!
Librarians in Popular Culture: Isaac- The Shadow of the Wind
The Cemetery of Forgotten Books is a secret place, where a
huge collection of books that have been forgotten or have fallen into
oblivion is kept. Isaac, the guardian of the book cemetery, explains that it was customary that those who go to the Cemetery for the first time adopt a book,
which they will protect and care for. The Shadow
of the Wind, written by an unknown author, Julian Carax was chosen for adoption by Daniel Sempere, a young boy of 10 in the Summer of 1945, Barcelona. From that day,
Daniel embarks on a search to find out more about the book, its
mysterious author and his life story. This book threads its way into
Daniel’s life deeply, and the lives of the author and the reader begin
A writer never forgets the first time he accepted a few coins or a word of praise in exchange for a story. He will never forget the sweet poison of vanity in his blood and the belief that, if he succeeds in not letting anyone discover his lack of talent, the dream of literature will provide him with a roof over his head, a hot meal at the end of the day, and what he covets the most : his name printed on a miserable piece of paper that surely will outlive him. A writer is condemned to remember that moment, because from then on he is doomed and his soul has a price.
This one took me a bit of thinking to chose one, but as soon as I saw this one in my list, I knew this was it. This is one of those kinds of books that is just so beautifully written that you have to stop and marvel every few pages or so. Zafon has a very noir, dark, mysterious air in this series (which I didn’t know it was a series until a few months ago). It’s also all about books and some of the pieces of writing in here could only be written by someone who truly understands them. If you haven’t read this book already, go do it. Now. I mean it. You won’t regret it. Not to mention they have some awesome covers.
Bücher sind Spiegel: Man sieht in ihnen nur das, was man schon in sich hat.
Der Schatten des Windes- Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.” The Shadow of the Wind
My favourite quote from one of my favourite books that I bought in German today. One day I’ll learn Spanish and read it in its original form. If it is so beautifully written when translated (a process which often loses some of the magic of the original language) then I can’t imagine how beautiful it would be in Spanish.
Man…heats up like a lightbulb: red hot in the twinkling of an eye and cold again in a flash. The female, on the other hand…heats up like an iron. Slowly, over a low heat, like tasty stew. But then, once she has heated up, there’s no stopping her.
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1)
“Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.”
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
THIS WEEKEND BEING OVER I work three 12-hour days in a row =__= and then next week I’ll get to do some small fun things with friends and family and FINALLY WATCH THE NEW SEASON OF STRANGER THINGS
12. what is something you want right now?
For it to stop getting dark at 5 :’)
11. are you listening to music right now?
I am XD My sister is sitting in the room with me and out of nowhere went BEHOLD and started playing smooth jazz so, that’s what we’ve got going right now
42. favourite book(s)
:| AHH That’s hard! i’m sad to say it’s been a while since I’ve read much buuut I’ll always be a fan of the Harry Potter series, I remember liking To Kill A Mockingbird very much in school, and a few years ago The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series by Carlos Ruiz Zafon really grabbed me.
53. 5 things that make me happy
1) my friends 2) my cat 3) good movies 4) nice weather 5) a good meal :) <3 Thank you for asking!