Some Call It “Zafonmania”

Carlos Ruiz Zafon, author of The Shadow of the Wind, and The Angel's Game.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon, author of The Shadow of the Wind, and The Angel’s Game.

I think I’ve figured out why I am just now learning about the fantabulous works of author Carlos Ruiz Zafón. At the time that his novel The Shadow of the Wind enjoyed a year-long run on the bestseller lists in Spain in 2001, and then later duplicated that success in corners all around the global village, I was eyebrow-deep in research for Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance. That means I means I missed it when Stephen King described the book as “one gorgeous read”; when Elle Magazine called it “diabolically good”; and when readers in Germany began to celebrate the phenomenon of “Zafónmania.”

In fact, I only learned about it after receiving an offer for an advanced reading copy of Zafón’s most recent novel, The Angel’s Game . As much as I love angels and as curious as I was about the divine shenanigans implied by the title, I was so captivated by enclosed blurbs for The Shadow of the Wind that I had to find a copy of it before I would consider accepting the advanced copy of The Angel’s Game.

So how was I to know that the novel would absorb my imagination-charged attention so completely that I would miss deadlines and forget to pay bills until I had not only read and brooded over its pages but cranked out a full essay on it presented here at Red Room and a condensed version posted as a review on Amazon and other sites?  Not the kind of thing you can prepare for. The magic happens and you just say-Wow!

For the Unexpurgated Review of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s The Shadow of the Wind please click here

For the condensed review on Amazon, click this link

I hope you enjoy it.


by Aberjhani  

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