Wow. I just finished reading Carlos Ruiz Zafon's novel and it was amazing. It had a bit of everything in it - funny moments, sad moments, mystery, crime, history... And the language! It is so beautfully written - I'm not usually blown away by language, more often by the general style, but this is just so good. It's originally in Spanish but I can't imagine anything better than the translation by Lucia Graves (daughter of the poet Robert Graves).
The story is about so many things and so many people that it's hard to describe it here. It is set in Franco's Spain and starts with a visit to the Cemetary of Forgotten Books in Barcelona - from there it takes the reader on a journey through the intertwined lives of many wonderful characters.
This is one you shouldn't miss out on, really. I don't know what took me so long to get to it.
Challenges: Historical Fiction, A-Z Challenge, Chunkster Challenge, Raved About Reads