k-chan (karice67) wrote,

The Shadow of the Wind, preliminary notes

I need to pass this book on, so here goes.

  • The background of the conflict in Barcelona - which I should read up on - makes for an interesting backdrop.
  • The general flow of the story - the author has spaced the revelations and hints far apart enough that it became difficult to put the book down at the end.

  • Things I have to consider if I read it again:
  • Nuria's story, which was ostensibly written by her, seems to have a very similar voice to that of Daniel (like Memoirs of a Geisha, the frame seems to be that of a novel which the narrator has compiled from what he has experienced). It might be the translator, or I might be imagining things, or it could simply be that Daniel and Nuria's ways of storytelling are just really similar. But I'm not 100% sure about this.
  • Nuria also knows too much, considering that no one else could say anything of Penolope's disappearance, knowing even the date that she gave birth is a bit weird (unless it happens to be recorded somewhere in that house). And the descriptions of the scenes...unless, of course, it was some speculation on her part.
  • The timeline: from what I can gather...Bea's brother alledgedly knew that she was pregnant at most two weeks after the first possible point of conception...there are apparently some really early signs of pregnancy, but I don't see how he could have been so certain in such a short time!

  • Eto...maybe it's just me, but some of the plot points are just crazy (e.g. someone surviving pretty much full body burns)
  • The extreme violence and the gore, particularly some of the deaths, was a bit hard to stomach from time to time.

Other comments:
It seems that there isn't really a middle ground on this novel - some people love it, and others hate it. Reminds me of Dan Brown's books, frankly, though the subject material is definitely less controversial!
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