Trifexra Writing Challenge: 33 WORDS BY CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON

shadow of the wind


I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time.  It was the early summer of 1945, we walked through the streets of Barcelona…


This my 33 word selection for the Trifextra Challenge this week.  Here’s the challenge:

This Trifextra isn’t so much a writing challenge; it’s more of a reading challenge.  We want you to scour through your favorite pieces of literature and give us the best 33 words you can find. 

I choose to the two opening lines from one of my favorite books, “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon


20 responses

  1. Great choice for the challenge! I love that book.

  2. “the cemetery of forgotten books” I am going to have to read this book.

  3. Such a great start to a story! (:

  4. Cemetery of Forgotten Books… that sounds intriguing!!

  5. cemetery of forgotten books . . . see, this is why I rescue books and keep them forever, hubbymoose! I do NOT want them to be relegated to a cemetery – or to be forgotten. sigh
    another book on my list. 🙂 hubbymoose says thanks – thanks a lot. 🙂

  6. These opening sentences really make me want to read this book! So…1945…WWII is over…did the Nazi’s win? Is it a Dystopian kind of thing?

  7. I love this line! Great choice.

  8. Love this – great way to start a story! Sounds like an interesting read.

  9. Now, that’s the right way to hook people into reading a story. The opening really captures one’s interest right off the bat. Nice choice!

  10. What a fabulous way of starting the book. Thanks to you, I have added the book to my ‘to-read’ list.

  11. Creo que es una buena opción para pasar momentos entretenidos.
    Feliz jornada de domingo.
    Un abrazo.

  12. Ooh! Mysterious – I like it. That’s on the reading list.

  13. Great job! I haven’t read it, but it seems like I definitely should.

  14. I love this book! And what a great line… who wouldn’t want to see the Cemetary of Forgotten Books? Especially if it’s in Barcelona? 🙂

  15. Great choice, Ted. I’m hooked.

  16. I feel like I know this quote – it’s powerful.

  17. A great opening line is a thing of beauty. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  18. Fascinating choice:-)

  19. You have chosen a passage from one of my favourite books. A great lesson in writing from one of the great writers of the modern age.

    1. I can’t agree more.

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