“CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON.” “WHO?”
BY: JAMES F. O’NEIL
“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few are to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.” –Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
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Carlos Ruiz Zafon [born 25 September 1964, in Barcelona, Spain] is a Spanish novelist who began his working life by making money in advertising. In the 1990s Ruiz Zafón moved to Los Angeles where he worked briefly in screen writing. He had written some young adult fiction and young adult novels. Yet in 2001 he published his first adult novel La sombra del viento (The Shadow of the Wind), a Gothic mystery that involves Daniel Sempere’s quest to track down the man responsible for destroying every book written by author Julian Carax. The novel has sold millions of copies worldwide and more than a million copies in the UK alone. Since its publication, La sombra del viento has garnered critical acclaim around the world and has won many international awards.
By 2017 he had completed four novels in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, the last being The Labyrinth of Spirits (original title: El laberinto de los espíritus), initially released on 17 November 2016 in Spain and Latin America. HarperCollins published the English translation by Lucia Graves, releasing on September 18, 2018.
Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s works have been published in 45 countries and have been translated into more than 40 different languages. [More in Wikipedia and found on Google Search]
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“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 [or her] 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. For me those enchanted pages will always be the ones I found among the passageways of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.” Daniel in The Shadow of the Wind
The first book that found its way into my heart is/was _____.
“Of all that I have read, . . . The Robe, The Human Comedy [8th grade]; A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man [high school]; Othello [college] . . ..”
“And the Winner, #1, is . . . no doubt: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
*** Please, refresh your memory, fill in the blank, have some great memoriesofatime.
Hello James, thank you for introducing yourself. Robert.