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The Shadow of the Wind is placed in Barcelona during the time period that followed the Spanish Civil War. Upon the end of the war, Daniel Sempere is brought by his father to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. This was massive secretrative library of old and forgotten titles preserved by a select few people. According to tradition, everyone who is brought there can take one novel, but must protect and keep it for life. Daniel decides on a book named The Shadow of the Wind, which was written by Julián Carax. Later that morning he takes the book home to his room and reads it, completely engulfed and amazed by the story inside. He attempts to find other books written by Julián, but is unsuccessful because no one knows of him. All he could uncover were stories about a strange man who called himself Laín Coubert. His name was after a character in the book who happened to be the Devil. Laín had been tracing Carax’s books for decades just to buy them and burn them all.The son of Mr. Sempere, Daniel Sempere, embarks on a journey to uncover other novels written by Carax and becomes involved in following the entirety of Carax’s past. Daniel’s friend Fermin Romero de Torres, was introduced into the novel as a homeless man, but later was revealed as a spy for the Generalist party was imprisoned and tortured in Montjuic Castle by Francisco Javier Fumero during the Spanish Civil War. Fermin, being a government intelligence agent, was able to help Daniel on his journey plenty of ways, but their journey of investigation led into the murky past of people who were either dead or forgotten, alerted the murderous Fumero to their investigation. Throughout their journey, Daniel and Fermin are being harassed by Fumero who was a cruel policeman and one of Julián’s childhood friends.Their investigation led to them discovering a devastating love story between Julián and Penelope, who both seemed to have disappeared since 1919, thirty years prior to Daniel’s investigation. Julián Carax was the son of the hatter Antoni Fortuny and Sophie Carax, and Penelope Aldaya was a single child from the very wealthy Don Ricardo Aldaya and his American wife. Penelope and Julián instantaneously developed a strong love for each other and decided to start a secret relationship consisting only of casual hidden glances and unnoticeable smiles towards each other. About four years had passed with this relationship and they decided to flee to Paris, unaware of the misfortune that would become of their special relationship. Both lovers would befall and unknown misfortune a week before they scheduled to flee to Paris, which was flawlessly planned by Miquel Moliner, Julián’s best friend. Miquel was the son of a very wealthy dad who earned money during the war for selling ammunition, which gave him a bad reputation. Eventually, it is discovered that Miquel adored Julián greater than his brothers and decided to take his own life for Julián, deserting his desires and youth for causes of charity and Juliáns well-being after fleeing to Paris. Yet when Julián arrived in Paris, he wasn’t with Penelope, she had never arrived for the rendezvous. The memory of Penelope kept burning in his heart, and because she didn’t reach the rendezvous, he was forced to return to Barcelona in the mid 1930’s. Nonetheless, he eventually discovers the tragic truth of Penelope, who became just a memory after she disappeared in 1919. Daniel uncovers from the note left by Nuria Monfort that Penelope and Julián were surprisingly half-brother and sister. Penelope’s dad and Julián’s mom had a secret affair and Julián was the outcome. The worst and most surprising thing that Daniel learned was that afterwards of Julián fleeing for Paris, Penelope’s parents imprisoned her since they were ashamed of them committing incest and that she was pregnant. She birthed a son named David Aldaya, who ended up being born dead. Penelope had also passed during childbirth because her parents ignored her cries for help and her body was put into the family crypt along with David. Upon Julián’s return to the Aldaya Mansion, he becomes furious with the disturbing news of the deaths of Penelope and David. Every second of his life without Penelope he begins to hate and starts to hate his books even more. He only wrote books because of his love interest towards Penelope, but since she passed, he began to burn his stories and renames himself to be Lain Coubert. At the end of the novel, Daniel weds to Beatriz Aguilar in 1956, the sister to his best friend. Soon after, Beatriz births a son who Daniel named Julián Sempere, in honor of Julián Carax. In 1966, at the age of ten Julián is taken to the Cemetery of Forgotten books like Daniel was, and that is where The Shadow of the Wind is held.


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