The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón


Here is a wonderful post from Vanessa on the extraordinary book — The Labyrinth Of The Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. If you have not visited her site, do yourself a favor and take a look there!

Food In Books

I can’t say enough about Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s writing. It’s absolutely beautiful, lyrical, lush without being overly purple, and whether describing the sensory overload of a roomful of books, the scent of tobacco, the deeply scarlet hue of a woman’s lipstick, or the existential dread and horror of torture and death, the man writes like a magician. I’ve read each of the books in the series over 10 times apiece, and I continue to find small, overlooked details in each one the more I read. The Labyrinth of the Spirits, the fourth and final book in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, draws together the threads splayed out in the previous three books, brings a kind of justice to the Sempere family, and introduces the reader to a very unusual heroine, Alicia Gris.


The basic premise of this book is the story of Alicia, born in Barcelona, how she…

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3 thoughts on “The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

  1. Hola Charles, Many thanks for the deserved, positive review. When I first read “The Shadow of the Wind,” I was bowled over by Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s beautiful prose. And enjoyed it equally on a second reading a few years later. I didn’t realize it was part of a series. Ber dum! I shall certainly search out the other books. Isabelle Allande (?) also featured food in her books, and she too writes really well. Fancy me – living in Spain – hadn’t heard of Vanessa’s “Bombas”!! As my husband now cooks, I’ll show him the recipe! Cheers. x

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