Again, one of the articulate, adorable and utterly opinionated characters in which Ruiz Zafón’s book abounds.  The doom-laden consequences of television didn’t quite pan out as disastrously, but the elaborate and colourful damnation of the poor machine is worthwhile for its rich imagery.

As to the levels of imbecility of slugs in the Pleistocene era, I suggest a Ph.D could be written on it.

‘Television, my dear Daniel, is the Antichrist, and I can assure you that after only three or four generations, people will no longer even know how to fart on their own.  Humans will return to living in caves, to medieval savagery, and to the general state of imbecility that slugs overcame back in the Pleistocene era.’

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. 106-7

Photo credit: Sven Scheuermeier at

1 Comment

  1. Roli

    I’m so pleased that you have absorbed and embraced my favourite novel, which I’ve read six times in the past four years, and which has relegated Bulgakov’s “The Master and Margarita” to second place after ten years at the top of my list.
    I’m equally delighted to offer my very first reaction to one of your writingredux postings.
    I hope to re-read Peake’s Gormenghast trilogy in the near future, before turning my attention back to Dickens, Hardy and other European novelists…. I’m okay with Kafka for the time being, but what about Dostoevski, Tolstoy or Pasternak? Back to Peake, the introductory paragraph of Titus Groan is the best and most descriptive I’ve ever read. More to follow….


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