This is a book lover’s book, and the protagonist is the son of a bookseller, whose bookshop he takes over when he grows up.  Given the success of The Shadow of the Wind, you might think there is an appetite for bookshops of this kind, which makes it all the more bewildering that most bookshop chains are drably anodyne.

‘I was raised among books, making invisible friends in pages that seemed cast from dust and whose smell I carry on my hands to this day.’


Source: Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind, trans. Lucia Graves (London: Phoenix, 2012), p. 1

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