The Shadow of the Wind Short Essay - Answer Key

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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1. Why does Daniel wake up screaming at the beginning of the book?

Daniel wakes up screaming because he is frightened that he cannot remember his mother's face. His mother died of cholera when he was about four years old.

2. Why does Daniel's father take him to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books?

Daniel's father takes him to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books on the day Daniel wakes up screaming because he cannot remember his mother's face. His father tells him that the place is a secret, and he cannot tell anyone, even his best friend, Tomás. Daniel's father tells Isaac that since Daniel is almost 11 years old and will one day take over the bookshop that his father owns, Daniel should be aware of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books.

3. Describe The Cemetery of Forgotten Books.

The Cemetery of Forgotten Books is a unique library set up in a format similar to a labyrinth. The place is very old and mysterious and houses numerous old books. A man named Isaac is the keeper of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. The first time someone visits The Cemetery of Forgotten Books he or she must choose a book and "adopt" it, making sure it is not forgotten.

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