Wednesday, January 10, 2007

What to blog about today?

Since I havent posted in a while, I wondered what the hell I was going to talk about.

1) My lack of tv viewing?
2) My wonderful eggplant parmagiana that I made on Monday night?
3) My crappy little car that needs its tags renewed?
4) My kid that is obsessed with the Dreamgirls soundtrack (just as I am)?

No no...I'm going to talk about the book I finally got around to finishing in the wee hours of the morning. That book is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Holy crap people! This is one of the best books I have ever read. I actually got this book during my long layover in Atlanta during Thanksgiving weekend but I havent found the time to actually dedicate to getting lost in the pages of the story. Last night, I opted to get in a few chapters in the hopes of at least getting out of the page 300 area and I got sucked in that I finished that 500ish page novel by this morning at 7am.

The Shadow of the Wind is the story of a boy named Daniel who is taken by his father, who owns a bookstore, to a place called the Cemetery of Books. The legend is that the book he choses is the book that will be a part of his soul. He finds a book called "The Shadow of the Wind" by Julian Carax and after staying up all night reading it, he has to find other books that Carax has written. The digger he deeps, he realizes that something beyond him is going on. Slowly he finds that all the books that Julian Carax are being systematically destroyed leaving Daniel with the only copy of the author's work. With that, he also gains a mysterious figure who watches him and threatens him - going by the name of a character from the book who is the devil in disguise. Not only that but as Daniel looks into Julian's past, he cant help but notice the similarities between his life and Julian's.


Its even better than that! The characterizations are wonderful and unforgettable. A little more history of this book is that it was originally published in Spain and it was such a big hit over in Europe, that they brought it over to the US. A couple of my coworkers recommended it to me and when I got to a major plot twist I literally screamed "SHUT UP!" and Jacob being the only person in the room with me thought I was yelling at him. I had to explain that I was talking to the book and that only got me a roll of the eyes. Since I didnt have any of my coworker's numbers, I resorted to calling the only person I felt would understand - my dad. He just laughed at me and asked me how long until I was done. My dad has been waiting for me to finish it so he can properly steal it from my apartment...just like he did "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time"

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