Wednesday, October 24, 2012

"The Shadow of the Wind" {by Carlos Ruiz Zafon} Book Club Ideas

"The Shadow of the Wind"
by: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
"Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you."

Angie did a fantastic job decorating from several small moments from the book!
Angie even printed off several photos of Veronica Lake and Carole Lombard who were famous actresses from the 1920's and 1930's whom Fermin had a "thing" for!
The photo of Veronica on the left says,
"Get well soon Fermmin, xoxo Veronica"
Let's Eat!
 We had sangria's AND horchata drinks!
My girls Kellie, Robin and Megan!
My mom and I

Game Winner
Angie handed each of us a maze and a pencil and told us that the first person to figure their way out of the maze would win this fabulous prize of Zafon's book, "The Angel's Game" and Lain Couberts earrings!
(The earrings were a hot purple color that was supposed to look like his burned scarred skin!)

Lain Coubert
Here are a couple questions and answers that were discussed at our meeting:

Q: Nuria Monfort tells Daniel, "Julián once wrote that coincidences are the scars of fate. There are no coincidences, Daniel. We are the puppets of our unconscious." What does that mean? What does she refer to in her own experience and in Julián's life?

A: I think we are puppets of our unconscious if we are not paying attention to what we are doing (which is very easy to do). She wanted Julian and was willing to push past moral boundaries to have him. She was concerned with what she wanted so much that she couldn't give Julian what he needed (a completely different kind of help). And Julian, obviously, put the utmost regard to his wants in the way of letting everyone around him sacrifice for him to make help him get what he wanted.

Q:  Discuss the title of the novel. What is "The Shadow of the Wind"? Where does Zafón refer to it and what does he use the image to illustrate?

A: The wind would not leave a shadow so it could mean that Carax was so elusive, so fragile... there but not. Even though the wind cannot be caught in shadow, it still exists. Sort of like he left his mark.

My favorite character from this book was the Cemetery of Forgotten Books!  
This is partially how I imagined it.

"Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens."              


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