Quotes from one of my favorite books: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron

In books inspiration quotes Uncategorized / Sep 28, 2013

About a year ago, I was feeling a bit ‘meh’ about my to-read pile. I’d just read some excellent books, and had some wonderful books waiting for me, but I wanted to mix it up. Break out of my usual choices. Find something unexpected. So I emailed a friend whom I knew read a lot, and I suspected had excellent taste.

She responded with a list of five books she’d read in the past few years and loved.  So I took a leap of faith based on jacket copy and her endorsement, and bought several books. I checked the other two out of the library.

Happily–her suggestions were amazing. I ended up reading all of them and ranged from really liking to loving them. I’m pretty sure I gave one of the titles as a Christmas gift. (You’re welcome, sister’o’mine.)

For today’s quotes, I thought I should share some of my favorite lines from one of the books recommended to me. I present and recommend you read:

 

The Shadow of the Wind

by Carlos Ruiz Zafron

 

This is the line that hooked me:

 

“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.”

 

Here’s a quote from the novel that belongs on my all-time favorite list:

 

“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”

 

As someone who has always seen books as friends, I loved these sentences:

 

“In the shop we buy and sell them, but in truth books have no owner. Every book you see here has been somebody’s best friend.”

 

Because everyone creates a unique connections to books:

 

“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.”

 

The first “book” (meaning chapter book) I read was Ramona Quimby, Age Eight. A boy named Will gave it to me for my eighth birthday. It forged my love of reading and I haven’t stopped reading since:

 

“Once, in my father’s bookshop, I heard a regular customer say that few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart. Those first images, the echo of words we think we have left behind, accompany us throughout our lives and sculpt a palace in our memory to which, sooner or later—no matter how many books we read, how many worlds we discover, or how much we learn or forget—we will return.”

 

Truth:

 

“One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn’t have to understand something to feel it. By the time the mind is able to comprehend what has happened, the wounds of the heart are already too deep.”

 

Certain books–the ones that I fall in love with and get lost in–still do this to me:

 

“In my schoolboy reveries, we were always two fugitives riding on the spine of a book, eager to escape into worlds of fiction and secondhand dreams.”

 

 

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