Memorably describing the oratory of one of several colourful, eloquent characters in Ruiz Zafón’s The Shadow of the Wind, a book I read in Barcelona, the city where it takes place.  It was a pleasure to map the mystery’s unfolding in real streets, while savouring some lively metaphors and similes alongside fine tapas.

‘The man’s oratory could kill flies in midair.’

See also our celebration of this book, complete with a mosaic of illustrated quotations and metaphors.


Source: Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind, trans. Lucia Graves (London: Phoenix, 2012), p. 13


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