Friday read was invented by The Candid cover
It’s a book meme that mixes two already existing:
- Book Beginnings is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where participants share the first sentence (or so) of the book, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.
- The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice, and the rules are quite simple: Grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 or 56% in your e-reader. Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.
Today’s book is….
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
I have this one in Spanish so the quotes will be translated by yours truly.
A secret’s worth depends on the people from whom it must be kept.
Meaning, a secret has the same value as those people we keep it from. I’m not too sure on that translation but it’s a really great quote to begin our story.
The Friday 56
Nothing is the same after a war
On page 56 our story hasn’t fully take off yet. Still, this quote is important to get the feeling of the setting. While the world was recovering from WWII Spain was recovering from a Civil War and frankly, they never truly did. Spain is a country where patriotism is a touchy subject because it was used against its own people. There are symbols that were erased, even the lyrics to the national anthem are no longer used because they were heralded by a fascist regime. Nothing is the same after a war and it’s too fresh in the characters’ mind still to be just a memory. It is a wound that cuts through every character and around wich the story progresses.
I’m not too far in, yet, but I already love this book. The way it speaks about books and the souls they have, the Spanish words that I hadn’t heard in 8 years, everything about the novel makes me nostalgic and I wouldn’t have it any other way.