"The Shadow of the Wind:" The Reader's Den Discussion Continues
More discussion questions from the Reader's Den, please feel free to comment on one or more questions.
How does the setting of Barcelona in the midst of its Civil War add to the novel?
The author uses excerpts from letters, rememberances of people involved and other devices that relate part of the story from another person's point of view. Do you find the technique successful in propelling the story? Why or why not?
“This book is obviously an ode to books and to the art of reading. You have Bea state that "the art of reading is slowly dying, that it's an intimate ritual, that a book is a mirror that only offers us what we already carry inside us, that when we read, we do it with all our heart and mind, and great readers are becoming more scarce by the day" (p. 484). Do you believe this to be true? Do you share Fermín's disdain for television?”
This last question was taken from the Penguin Reader’s Guide online.