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Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s Favorite Books About Books

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
“A terrific postmodern Sherlock Holmesian intrigue set in a Benedictine monastery involving serial crime, the Inquisition, the power of knowledge and the written word, those who conspire to control what others think and read, and those who fight to preserve the light and beauty of creation, independent thinking, and reading. Make sure to make it through the slightly harder-to-navigate initial section, and you’ll find plenty of rewards once you plunge into the story proper. This is probably one of the best novels of its kind, and [it] offers a lot beyond the purely detectivesque story.”
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
“Allegedly a children’s book, but actually a fable for all ages in which the magic of books and reading is illustrated through the wondrous journey of a kid who enters the world of the fabulous book he is reading. Has the scent and the flavor of old-school adventure stories, old bookstores, and a world that today may seem vanished. Delightful, sweet, and wise.”
The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
“This deliciously dark and witty novel by my compatriot, the very talented Arturo Pérez-Reverte, is one of the greatest bibliophile mysteries ever. The old book lore is so well built into the plot that you’ll find yourself salivating at all the stuff you learn about how books were made. An intrigue with supernatural overtones, haunting chateaus, old cities in Europe riddled with mystery, and a cursed book that may or may not invoke the presence of the Prince of Darkness himself. This is a terrific book and a perfect point of entry into Pérez-Reverte’s world.”
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
“A fable for our times, a pitch-perfect tale of a future that looks too much like aspects of the present that invites us to think twice or thrice about it. There’s an element of elegy for literature, books, for the beauty and importance of the world of the mind that, I believe, could only have been written from the perspective of a very perceptive author born and raised in the U.S. Years ago I used to see the great, late Ray Bradbury around Los Angeles a lot. He did not drive, and you could see him wearing shorts and a kind of safari-like attire at bus stops, in bookstores… A year before his passing I went to a birthday bash a great bookstore in Glendale, Bookfellows, was throwing for him. He was already very old and not in good health, but he had plenty of wit, good humor, and a humanity that, to me, looked like the antidote to half of the world’s ills. Take this, and then explore the rest of his oeuvre.”
On Writing by Stephen King
“Most readers know the King through his many novels and stories. What not so many know is that he also wrote this little book about the craft of writing and the life of the writer. I believe this is the best book about the subject ever written, not to mention the most entertaining and probably useful. Totally devoid of pretension or snobbery and packed with intelligence, humor, and down-to-earth wisdom, any aspiring, or working, writer should read this and get invaluable lessons from the King. Don’t miss.”
Atonement by Ian McEwan
“A powerful and beautifully built tale of loss, guilt, and potentially dangerous powers of storytelling. The shaping of reality as a story, the moral dimension of interpreting reality through fiction, and the responsibility of the teller of tales are just a few of the themes explored in this brief and very well-made book, among the best in this author’s long career. Typewriters can kill. Find [out] all about it.”
Via: Goodreads
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Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s Favorite Books About Books


The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

“A terrific postmodern Sherlock Holmesian intrigue set in a Benedictine monastery involving serial crime, the Inquisition, the power of knowledge and the written word, those who conspire to control what others think and read, and those who fight to preserve the light and beauty of creation, independent thinking, and reading. Make sure to make it through the slightly harder-to-navigate initial section, and you’ll find plenty of rewards once you plunge into the story proper. This is probably one of the best novels of its kind, and [it] offers a lot beyond the purely detectivesque story.”

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

“Allegedly a children’s book, but actually a fable for all ages in which the magic of books and reading is illustrated through the wondrous journey of a kid who enters the world of the fabulous book he is reading. Has the scent and the flavor of old-school adventure stories, old bookstores, and a world that today may seem vanished. Delightful, sweet, and wise.”

The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

“This deliciously dark and witty novel by my compatriot, the very talented Arturo Pérez-Reverte, is one of the greatest bibliophile mysteries ever. The old book lore is so well built into the plot that you’ll find yourself salivating at all the stuff you learn about how books were made. An intrigue with supernatural overtones, haunting chateaus, old cities in Europe riddled with mystery, and a cursed book that may or may not invoke the presence of the Prince of Darkness himself. This is a terrific book and a perfect point of entry into Pérez-Reverte’s world.”

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

“A fable for our times, a pitch-perfect tale of a future that looks too much like aspects of the present that invites us to think twice or thrice about it. There’s an element of elegy for literature, books, for the beauty and importance of the world of the mind that, I believe, could only have been written from the perspective of a very perceptive author born and raised in the U.S. Years ago I used to see the great, late Ray Bradbury around Los Angeles a lot. He did not drive, and you could see him wearing shorts and a kind of safari-like attire at bus stops, in bookstores… A year before his passing I went to a birthday bash a great bookstore in Glendale, Bookfellows, was throwing for him. He was already very old and not in good health, but he had plenty of wit, good humor, and a humanity that, to me, looked like the antidote to half of the world’s ills. Take this, and then explore the rest of his oeuvre.”

On Writing by Stephen King

“Most readers know the King through his many novels and stories. What not so many know is that he also wrote this little book about the craft of writing and the life of the writer. I believe this is the best book about the subject ever written, not to mention the most entertaining and probably useful. Totally devoid of pretension or snobbery and packed with intelligence, humor, and down-to-earth wisdom, any aspiring, or working, writer should read this and get invaluable lessons from the King. Don’t miss.”

Atonement by Ian McEwan

“A powerful and beautifully built tale of loss, guilt, and potentially dangerous powers of storytelling. The shaping of reality as a story, the moral dimension of interpreting reality through fiction, and the responsibility of the teller of tales are just a few of the themes explored in this brief and very well-made book, among the best in this author’s long career. Typewriters can kill. Find [out] all about it.”

Via: Goodreads

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