City of the Beasts

City of the Beasts

by Isabel Allende
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Right off the bat, I knew that I would like reading this book. Although, the beginning did scare me a little bit because it seemed sluggish or slow. But as it went on into the Amazon, I could not put it down. It was a really great book to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read Allende's works before and let me just say that with this novel, I'm convinced that she's as good a writer as everyone says she is. This book easily displays that you don't need to be in a completely different world to have an adventure and experience spiritual miracles. This story is non-stop action from the moment you start it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all, Alex's grandma Kate is NOT a drug atic or an alcohlic Second, He didn't run away, he goes on one of herwork trips. Third, DON'T TELL LIES!
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MattMH More than 1 year ago
In the novel The City Of The Beasts starts off with a family and the mom became diagnosed with cancer. when the 13 year old son found out about this he went up to his room and broke almost everything. his hands became bloody from shattered glass. Alex’s parents realized that he needed to go to his grandmothers house until his mother got better. The chapter starts off with Alex being dropped off at the airport when his dad told him to be an adult. Alex really took this to heart as shown later in the book when he landed in New York and his grand mother would not show up to pick Alex up. He needed to be an adult, he decided to use some money that he has to buy a bus ticket and be taken to his grandmothers house. His Grandmother is a very big drug adict and an alchoholic. He decided to run away. He found himself in an indian village which starts off his whole journey to the lost city of the beasts. He runs into multiple challenges along the way but he makes it after a long journey meeting many good and bad people and learning much. this is an extreme adventure book in my opinion because he takes one big adventure but takes many little adventures on the way to his overall point of destination. I recommend this book to all readers who enjoy a mystery and or an adventure. it is a very well written book leaving cliff hangers at the end of every chapter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I honestly did not like the book. It was mediocre at best and I think the author should avoid writing adolescent books. The chapters were tedious and long giving almost a day by day view of Alex's adventures and it constantly introduced new characters that ment nothing to the overall story. I was bored throughout most of the book, nearly falling asleep once when I was extremely tired whereas, if I'm reading a good book, no matter how tired I am I'll stay awake until the book is finished or nearly so. Even the action scenes were poor. The whole theme of teenage adolescense was far off. Personally, being a teenager myself, I could not connect with the character or his emotions which usually should be quite easy seeing as we are of similar age. Perhaps it was the translator's fault, though I find it hard to believe the mere mediocrecy of the book could be put to blame entirely on her shoulders. The point is, I did not like this book. Reading the summary it sounded interesting, an adventurous grandma dragging her unwilling teenage grandson along to find the Bigfoot of the Amazon. Though the general plot does revolve around this theme it was not nearly exciting as it sounds. So, overall, I do not recommend City of the Beasts. I'm sure some of Isabel Allende's other works set specifically for adults are quite interesting and well but, in my opinion, City of the Beasts was not one of them.
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Jasmine_Paradis More than 1 year ago
I read the book City of the Beasts By: Isabel Allende, published in 2002. This book is full of mystery, action, details of the unknown and descriptions of the unimaginable. It will take you into another world where everything is very different form everyday life. There are two main characters in the book. The first main character you meet is Alexander Cold. Alex is from California and leaves his house to go with his grandmother to the Amazon jungle in South America. Ales flies from California to New York where his grandmothers house is so that they can fly out to the Amazon jungle together. Once they reach the Amazon jungle you are introduced to the second main character of the story Nadia. While Alex and Nadia are in a camp ready to depart on their adventure, Alex comes face to face with the Black Jaguar. Afterwards he describes the connection that he had with the Jaguar to Nadia. Nadia tells Alex that, "the jaguar recognized you because it is your totemic animal(pg.108)." She also says that, "we all have an animal spirit that accompanies us. It is like our soul. We don't all find our animal; usually it's only great warriors and shamans who do, byt you discovered yours without looking(pg.108)." Then she tells him that his name is Jaguar. A couple of days later Alex, Nadia, and the rest of the crew leave the camp and head out in boats deep into the Amazon jungle in search of the Beast, which is why Alex and his grandmother are in the Amazon to begin with. Their main objectives for going into the Amazon are to look for the Beast and to give the indians that live there a vaccine so that they don't contract any diseases that their immune systems aren't used to. Once they are on their way they run into many different animals that they didn't see around the camp cite. After a few more days when they stop to camp the Beast shows up and kills one of the crew members. The next night Alex and Nadia go a little ways into the woods and are captured by indians. Later Alex and Nadia learn that the indians are known as the People of the Mist because of where they live. Once Alex and Nadia are well rested the indians take them on a long journey to their home. One of the obsticles that they face is the scaleing of a waterfall. Once they reach the city of the People of the Mist Alex realizes that it is not like other indian cities that he has read about, the houses each have their own fireplace and they are in a circle in which every house is connected to the other by small roofs of leaves so that it doesn't get hot in the summer, when it rains it doesn't get wet, and if anyone flies over their city they won't be able to see it because of how it blends in with the land surrounding it. I am not going to say anymore about the book because the next adventure that Alex and Nadia go on together is the last adventure in this book.
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Smiley_Face More than 1 year ago
City of the Beasts, by Isabel Allende, is a page turner. The main character is 15-year-old, Alexander Cold. He is forced to go live with his grandmother in New York, while his mother undergoes chemotherapy. His Grandmother, Kate, is about to take a trip to the Amazon. Kate and an expedition of others will try to prove the existence of a giant, strong beast who roams the land of the Amazon. Of course, Alex is whisked along to the depths of the Amazon. At the beginning of the adventure, Alex meets the guide's daughter, Nadia. Though she is young, the two become very good friends and are united through out the journey. The two meet a group of Indians, face a life or death situation, and learn that rainforests need to stop being cut down. Even though I really like this book, there were some things I did not like. City of the Beasts, was really descriptive and detailed, however, there were too many characters and at some points it was just too imaginary. This book was filled with detail. I could envision every scene, like the Amazon rainforest, even though I have never been there. The way she described every single detail was a little overwhelming at first. When you keep reading you see the need for the excessive amount of details as the author describes imaginary places, mystical animals, and the rainforest. An example of the details are, ". an enormous black bird had crashed against the window with a clatter of shattered glass, flown into the house, and carried off his mother.the gigantic vulture clasped Lisa Clod's clothing in its yellow claws, flew out the same broken window, and disappeared into a sky heavy with dark clouds.wind lasing the trees, rain on the rooftop, and thunder." With all this detail, I could see the book in my head. It was like I was watching a movie, not reading a book. I could not wait to find out what happened next. In City of the Beasts there were too many characters and their name were very similar. Some people were easy to understand who was who, like Alex, Nadia, and Kate. However, I kept mixing up who Ceasar Santos, Timothy Bruce, Mauro Carias, Captain Ariosto and Ludovic Leblanc were. As you can see, there were a lot of people. In the end they were all very different, some were bad and some good so it was really confusing. Along with the main characters they were many who were just mention for a couple pages, or even sentences. Two other photographers, Joel Gonzalez, and many others were mentioned, but relatively out of the book. Lastly, at some points the book was too imaginary. There where giant beast, invisible people, spirits, lost cities, milk rivers, healing water, and sparkling eggs. It did not seem very realistic at all. The story was more like a dream to me. For those who love to read fantasy this is a book for you. I would recommend this book for those who like to read fantasy or adventure, or teenagers. The age of the main character, allows teenagers to connect. In some ways this book could be regarded as a 'coming of age' story. I would not recommend this book to adults, children under 13, and those who are really skirmish or do not like blood and gruesomeness. Adults wouldn't be able to connect as much, there are some older topics, and many people die gruesome deaths. Since the Amazon is a wild and unforgiving place, bad things happen, even to good people. Overall, I enjoyed reading City of the Beasts. Though imaginary, it was also an adventure. It was a great book!! :)
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I wouldn't recommend this author, period. This book was sooo hard to stick with and keep reading. It was incredibly boring, and the author tossed in a few things like the two main kids ditching their clothing to be accepted by native tribes that was nothing short of inappropriate. Then she tried making the reader believe all the mental stuff was real. (Oh, like you take this drug and the spirits will guide you, and you can be invisible to other people.) I hated this book. It made me mad, that it was SO slow-moving and the stupid, drawn-out, REPETITIVE story line that I finally skimmed through the last half of the book. It's in serious need of editing. I'm sure I didn't miss anything. Don't waste your money.
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pic21 More than 1 year ago
The novel, City of the Beast's by Isabel Allende, was a very good book. It is a story about a boy named Alex Cold. He lives with his mom, dad, and two sisters. One day he finds out that his mother has to go to a hospital in Texas because she is very ill. When his mother and father go to Texas, Alex goes to live with his Grandmother Kate, who he doesn't like very much. Kate takes him on a journey to the Amazon for her magazine article about the Beast from the Amazon. During this expedition they were a few other people going with them. One of them is a girl named Nadia who he becomes friends with. Nadia has a pet monkey named Boroba and she can also speak to the Indians that speak a different language. The people of the expedition have to go through many obstacles as they travel through the forest looking for the Beasts. One day while they were searching for the Beasts', an invisible Indian tribe known as the People of the Mist captured both Alex and Nadia. Alex and Nadia were selected as the chosen ones that would save the People of the Mist from the Rahakanariwas. They found out what their inner animal was. Nadia is the eagle and Alex is the jaguar. The People of the mist made them climb up the sides of a waterfall with nothing to help them to get to their village. The chief of the tribe had told what Nadia and Alex tasks they had to perform in order to save both the tribe from the Rahakanariwas and Alex's mother from her sickness. They had to follow Walimia, (the tribes old witch man) to the mountain of the gods. Once they got to their destination they would receive instructions from the gods to go. Nadia has to find three eggs to bring back to the People of the Mist. Alex has to find magical water that will to get his mother back to health. I enjoyed this novel because it always kept you thinking about what will happen with each chapter. Also it was very interesting and if you didn't really know that much about the Amazon it gave you some interesting information about it. I recommend reading this book so then you can find out who the gods are, if they get to actually meet the beasts and find out if Nadia and Alex successfully complete their task.
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