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  • Posted December 16, 2009

    Zorro By Isabel Allende

    The novel Zorro by Isabelle Allende is about a boy named Diego de la Vega a boy with parents from two different back rounds. His father is an aristocratic military Spanish nobleman who has become a landowner. Diego's mother is a Shoshone Indian. Diego is brought up with his best friend Bernardo who is an Indian. When Diego's father is away on business Diego's grand mother White Owl, teaches Diego and Bernardo Indian traditions. One of them is to find their spiritual guide. Diego's is a fox or zorro which is fox in Shoshone.
    As Diego grows up his father decides to send him to Barcelona where the war with France and Napoleon is going on, he will study and get a European education. He stays with one of his father's old friends who has two daughters named Juliana and Isabel, Diego falls in love with Juliana as soon as he sees her. Diego has some competition, Monacada a wealthy privileged man who loves Juliana as well. As time goes on Diego is invited to join la justica, they help the poor and helpless. After the war with France ends la justica stops its work and Juliana's father is killed for associating with the French. When Juliana is next to be killed Diego, Juliana and Isabel decide to go to a port far away from Barcelona and then return to California to live with Diego's father and mother. On the way home to California they encounter a monstrous storm and pirates. Diego develops into Zorro protecting the people of California and helping the Native Americans of the area to get the justice that they deserve.
    I really enjoyed this book because there was always something happening there wasn't a dull page in the entire book. Whether it was a fight between two swords men or a daring rescue, the book was full of exciting adventures, it also had some historical facts in it so you learn something as well. I wouldn't recommend this book to people that don't like long books or adventure. Any one else will enjoy this book very much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2007

    Zorro - Not my best reading

    The book Zorro 'written by Isabel Allende and published by HarperCollins Publishers' tells the story of Diego de la Vega, who grows up to become the legendary hero Zorro. The book starts off, telling about how his father Alejandro de la Vega met his mother Regina. Regina was a Shoshone Indian captive who stole Alejandro's heart while he was on a mission for Padre Mendoza. It goes on to tell that Regina and her friend both had children on the same day and were treated as brothers. Regina¿s child was named Diego and her friend¿s child was named Bernardo. They grow up and were taught the ways of the Shoshone Indians by their grandmother White Owl. During their childhood, Regina and White Owl put the two boys on a quest to find their totemic animals 'these were animals that described the boys¿ personalities'. As a result, Bernardo¿s animal is a black horse and Diego¿s is a fox 'which translates to zorro in Spanish'. Diego and Bernardo are raised on Alejandro¿s ranch near Pueblo de los Angeles. At the age of sixteen he goes to Barcelona to receive a European education. There, he learns swordplay and becomes part of a secret organization that helps to poor and innocent. Spain at the time, however, was under the siege of Napoleon. He returns to California and sets out to continue the ways he learned there in Spain. He dons his famous mask, cape, and sombrero as he fights for what is right and for those who cannot fight themselves, under the name of his totemic animal Zorro. I did not enjoy reading this book and had a hard time getting through it. It was really well written and detailed but it¿s just not my favorite book genre. I¿m sure that many other people would enjoy reading this book though. The book is filled with detailed adventures and the mental pictures it gives the reader are amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2005

    Very entertaining

    If you grew up watching Zorro on TV, and you have read Isabel Allende before, you will definitely enjoy this book. It is very light reading and perfect to divorce yourself of the world for a couple hours at a time... Pirates, adventures, duels, secret societies, gypsies, love, revenge... you name it. It is not even close to the best she's written, but it can provide you almost 400 pages of fun and make you understand why Bernardo was mute, why Garcia never hated Diego De La Vega and so many more things that the TV series never touched¿ worth the reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2005

    Where's the action?

    The writing is nice throughout (Spanish version), but the story is a bit dull. I expected more action, but there isn't much. As well, there is supposed to be some sort of mental telepathic connection between Diego (Zorro) and his hermano de leche, Bernardo, but I never felt it. The characters can all be in the same room, but often seem to be acting in different plays.

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