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City of the Beasts (Eagle and Jaguar #1)

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When Alexander Cold's mother falls ill, the fifteen-year-old is sent to stay with his eccentric grandmother in New York. A tough and prickly magazine reporter, Kate Cold takes Alex along with her on an expedition to the Amazon to verify the existence of the fierce, gigantic, legendary creature known as the Beast. Joining them on their adventure are a celebrated anthropolog...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Harper Perennial (first published 2002)
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Natalie
Gah! I was really disappointed with this little series from Allende. I love her books so much, but she did NOT successfully make the transition to writing for younger readers. The plots of all three in the series were very interesting and could have been a lot of fun, but the writing was often awkward and forced, especially the magical bits. The characters were a little two-dimensional, and even the dialogue was strained. She had some nifty ideas, but it seemed like she was trying to dumb them d...more
Rauli
Para todos aquellos que critican este libro por ser tan differente a todos los otros libros de Isabel Allende: No sean tontos claro que lo es es un libro para Niños y Jovenes ! que niño quiere leer algo sobre la vida desolada de alguien o de la cabeza de una madre que se encuentra en un closet del sotano o de la horrible que es perder a tu hija?? Enverdad tienen que tomar encuesta a la audiencia a la cual el libro esta dirigida. La aventura de un niño cualquiera como Alex en la Selva Amazonica d...more
Mo
I wanted to try some of Allende's work, and being lazy I picked one of her kids' books. However, I'm not sure that was the best choice after all. 'City of the Beasts' was not quite my cup of tea, even though I generally enjoy YA-books. However, I tend to enjoy them because they are lighthearted and easy to read, or because they present difficult problems in a slightly less depressing light. City on the Beasts did not have that lightness. It wanted to incorporate some issues (genocide, exploitati...more
Daniela
Me gustaría poder decir que me encantó, pero no es así. La historia empieza muy bella y muy al estilo de Isabel Allende, la historia me empezaba a envolver, cuando de pronto tomó un matiz demasiado increíble.
La historia trata sobre un adolescente (Alexander Coid) que tiene a su madre enferma y su familia se está desmoronando, él es enviado con su abuela a un viaje de expedición al Amazonas para investigar las apariciones de una rara criatura a la cual llaman "la Bestia", que ha estado matando a...more
د.أحمد فايز
المغامرة والفانتازيا جنباً إلى جنب في هذه الرواية التي تقتحم غابات الأمازون وتثير الرغبة في الترحال واستكشاف ما هو بعيد وجديد.
من الأشياء التي خرجت بها من هذه الرواية هو الإحساس بضرورة السفر والترحال والمغامرة، لأن العمر ليس بطول السنين وإنما بمقدار الخبرة التي نجنيها عبر هذه السنين. فالاحتكاك بالحياة لفترة قصيرة يمنح من الخبرات ما يفوق سنوات طويلة من المرور كراماً بجانب الحياة دون الدخول في غمار تجاربها ومغامراتها التي لا تنتهي.
انتظر الفرصة القادمة لقراءة رواية أخرى لإيزابيل ألليندي.

viktoria
Apr 04, 2011 viktoria rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adults
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Elizabeth
I wrote the below review while reading City of the Beasts; however, I later discovered that the book is actually the first of a trilogy written by Isabelle Allende for teenage readers! Oops! Although I wouldn't recommend the book to an adult, I imagine a teenager might enjoy it.

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I had some exposure to Isabelle Allende in high school Spanish class and had relatively high expectations for her writing ability considering that she is a well-renowned, best selling author. I was thoroughly disappo...more
Alloo Osama
الّليندي المجنونة ! ـ
:D

حسنًا .. إيزابيل الليندي ، هُنا تحكّي عن مدينة البهائم ،، قصّة الفتى ذي الخمسة عشر ربيعًا ، أليكساندر كولد .. الذي يذهب مع جدّته -لأبيه- الستّينيّة الخرقاء الكاتبة الشهيرة كات كولد ، في بعثة الإنترناشيونال جيوغرافيك إلى غابات الأمازون وأمريكا اللاتينية ..
أليكساندر الذي يُضطَّر إلى الذهاب في هذه الرحلة نظرًا لإصابة والدته ليزا بالسّرطان وذهاب والده معاها ليُعالجها ، فقد اتّفقا على إرسال بناتهما أندريا ونيكول إلى الجدّة -أمّ والدتهما- والتي تُدعى كلارا ، في حين ذهاب أليكس إ...more
Tomasc
I gave this book 5 stars because it had history and many action(which is a thing i love in books). Both things were great mixed together because Miss Allende made the book have action with history(from which you could learn from)without making it boring to read. This book has characters who probably could connect with you and very read to read about,because this book has characters of every kind.

The City of Beasts is about an American kid called Alex who has to go visit his grandmother. While v...more
João
Este é o primeiro livro que alguma vez li de Isabel Allende, e tendo em conta que se trata de uma aventura juvenil, foi uma surpresa em todos os aspectos. Desde o inicio que a escrita caracteriza-se por ser muito fluida, sem nenhum momento em que se torne aborrecida ou parada, pelo que se pode dizer que estamos perante um livro juvenil.

Temos como linha condutora do livro uma aventura de dois amigos na floresta amazónica, onde são tratados assuntos muito reais e outros puramente fantásticos; Isab...more
Carmen
My friend read Isabel Allende books and she lend me this one. At first, after a few pages, I was sceptical and didn't expect much. I decided to keep on reading in any case (I cannot put a book down, even if it is bad) and I soon relized that I may have been predjudiced.

The story line was quite nice but the fact that the boy played flute certainly made an impact. I had some trouble with my commitment towards my flute playing because I didn't practice and whatever. Although him pulling his flute...more
Alexa
Honestly, this book sucked. Majorly. Giving it two stars was generous, to say the least.
The beginning was boring beyond belief. I had to read this for school, and my class and I begged the teacher to let us read another one. It had no interest for us, no appeal. I hated the grandmother, didn't know what to think of the main character, and was bored out of my mind by the language. When the main character was swimming with the dolphins, the story basically went, 'I was having so much fun. It was t...more
Chris
This is really like Indy Jones, though unlike her adult books, Allende tells too much instead of showing.


What is interesting about this book is the amount of background as well as action Allende packs into the book. During the journey in the Amazon, the characters of both Alex and Nadia are totally real as are most of the supporting characters. A good quick read for an adult
Luis Suarez
Es un buen libro. La historia es muy interesante. presenta personajes muy diversos, desde gente miserable y personas puras de corazon, inlcluso la evolucion del protagonista es muy buena con el transcurrir de la historia. El libro enseña mucho sobre el folklore del amazonas, sobre todo de mis ancestros: los indios del Amazonas; donde con una sola tribu, la autora enseña la mala influencia que genera el contacto de la civilizacion con las tribus, refiriendose a la masacre que ocurrio con la colon...more
Susie
This is a great book. Two teenagers have a great adventure in the Amazon. They discover their totem, and their special powers.
Kristin
City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende is a fascinating fantasy (couldn’t resist) with plenty of adventure and action. This book is about Alex Cold, who must leave the rest of his family (including his sick mother) to stay with his grandmother, Kate. Kate is about to embark on an expedition to the Amazon to write an article on the legendary Beast. This trip develops into more of a journey for Alex and his new friend Nadia. As jaguar and eagle, the two must save the People of the Mist as well as di...more
Joyce Lagow
Normally I don� t read Young Adult fiction because usually the level of sophistication� justifiably so� is lower than I like to read. Not that I� m always happy with adult fiction in that regard, for that matter! However, I do recognize the differences in target audiences. [return][return]But I couldn� t� resist this one. Isabel Allende is one of my favorite authors; I have almost all of her books in translation and one in Spanish. Her work is superb. And this story is set in the Amazon basin, a...more
Carol
Alexander Cold parte numa viagem rumo à Amazónia na companhia da sua avó, a excêntrica escritora Kate Cold, pois a mãe, doente de cancro, tem de viajar para fazer alguns tratamentos de combate à doença.

É assim que somos transportados, pela mão de Isabel Allende, para a grande floresta da Amazónia, onde tomamos contacto com as tribos de índios selvagens e com a ganância também selvagem dos brancos que são capazes de tudo para obter riqueza e poder.

Seguimos então Alexander e a expedição da Nation...more
Jane Odgers
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الرواية من مؤلفات الكاتبة الامريكية من أصول تشيلية إيزابيل الليندي - كتاب أمريكا اللاتينية معروفين بمدرسة الواقعية السحرية في الكتابة - التي تمتاز في كتابتها بالخيال والسحر. تحكي الكاتبة عن "مدينة البهائم" وعن قصة المراهق أليكساندر كولد – 15 سنة – الذي يذهب مع جدته كات كولد الكاتبة المشهورة ذات الطبع القاسي، في بعثة الانترناشيونال جيوغرافيك إلى غابات الأمازون..
أليكساندر الذي أرغم على المكوث مع جدته بعد تدهور حالة والدته واضطرارها الى السف
...more
Paula
This was one of the first books for young adults I've read. I loved the story and the characters. It has everything i was looking for in a book at that age; magic, mystery, exotic places and characters that i could relate to in a way. The fact that the leads were kids living the adventure of their life was what really got to me, add to this the different worlds that showed me too. Lots of people underrate this book because they compare it to Allende's other work, but what they don't have in mind...more
Angelica Alonso
This was a good book that had unexpected twists. The story starts out with a boy called Alexander Cold. He seems spoiled but is deeply affected by his mother’s cancer. He is sent to live with his grandmother who plans to take him on a trip to the Amazon because she needs to write an article on a creature that is supposedly dangerous. The story is about the adventure he goes on and how he is changed from a spoiled boy to a brave and confident man. One of the points that I found interesting is the...more
Ben
Isabel Allende is a good writer. While the teen fantasy genre is saturated, she makes a good entry with this hidden jungle civilization. Booktalk below.

The City of the Beasts, by Isabel Allende.

Alex’s life is out of control. He’s just a normal 15 year-old worrying about how to get a girl to notice him. But when his mother gets cancer and needs to go to a treatment center, everything changes for Alex. He’s angry, frustrated… and can’t cope with his sudden feelings of helplessness. But that’s not...more
Ira Mustika
Kisah petualangan Alexander, pemuda berusia 15 tahun di hutan Amazon.

Membaca petualangannya jadi berasa nonton film Anakonda. Kebetulan ular ini juga muncul di cerita.

Tapi dominan ceritanya tentang orang Indian dan pencarian yeti.

Ngomong-ngomong apakah hutan tropis di Amazon sengeri itu? Gara2 baca buku ini jadi pengen ngebuktiin sendiri deh.

Ceritanya tidak terlalu menegangkan, tapi cukup seru. Petualangan berikutnya bakalan ada di Asia nih, jadi penasaran.
Bunga Mawar
Bintang 3 karena di buku ini banyak informasi mengenai antropologi dan kehidupan liar di belantara Amazon. Tapi sejujurnya saya merasa bosan karena kok seisi buku ini jadi serupa dongeng, bukan kisah petualangan remaja yang seru di tengah hutan yang eksotis. Sebabnya, seluruh kejadian dalam buku ini, berikut alasan2nya, diceritakan semua tumplek blek secara naratif oleh pengarangnya, tidak memberi kesempatan pembaca untuk deg2an, atau penasaran, atau ikut bertualang atau menebak-nebak kenapa si...more
Murry_liz
This book was, I think, pretty good. I liked it because it does not take place in the United States. It takes place in the Amazon Jungle. It took place in a place where there are not many distractions, yet thier is distractions there. It was an adventure to read this.

The book is about a boy named Alexander Cold. He is 15 years old. In the beginning, his mother is diagnosed with cancer and has to be brought to a hospital. He is then starting to do bad in school. So, his father sends him to his g...more
MaryLiz
This book was, I think, pretty good. I liked it because it does not take place in the United States. It takes place in the Amazon Jungle. It took place in a place where there are not many distractions, yet thier is distractions there. It was an adventure to read this.

The book is about a boy named Alexander Cold. He is 15 years old. In the beginning, his mother is diagnosed with cancer and has to be brought to a hospital. He is then starting to do bad in school. So, his father sends him to his g...more
Aimi
May 09, 2008 Aimi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people seeking an adventure from home
Recommended to Aimi by: Aunt
I love this book!!! This is a fabulous book for the summer!! It's about a 15 year old boy named Alex who goes on this trip to the Amazon with his eccentric grandma. They are exploring one of the most remote places in the forest to find this "beast" that has been haunting the area for quite some time. All of the Indian tribes have fled the area due to the many deaths associated with this beast. This story is thrilling with many adventures and things our world could never comprehend. Alex not only...more
Valeria Andrea
This is one of my best-FAVORITE-I-love-the-most books. Isabell Allendes blends magnifically the mistery about the feared 'beast' in the Amazonic jungle, where nothing is what you expect.
Alex is a 15 yoar old; he lives in CA in a happy family life... as happy it could be with your mom dying for cancer, your doctor-dad fightin for save her, your crazy little sisters actin weirder than usuall; isn't that happy?
The thing becomes interesting then.
I loved 'grany' Kate because she don't have anythin...more
Rhea
Menurutku ada lubang dalam cerita ini.

Alex seorang remaja biasa saja yang marah karena keadaan keluarganya yang berubah sejak ibunya menderita kanker.

Tiba-tiba ketika berpetualang dengan neneknya ke Amazon, dia bisa melihat kilasan ibunya yang sedang sakit di New York dan dia mengirimkan energi positif ke ibunya. Bagaimana bisa? Entahlah. Kenapa remaja seumuran dia tidak berpikir untuk berdoa saja alih-alih mengirimkan energi positif? Entahlah. Dan bagaimana dia yakin bahwa energi positif itu a...more
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Isabel Allende Llona is a Chilean-American novelist. Allende, who writes in the "magic realism" tradition, is considered one of the first successful women novelists in Latin America. She has written novels based in part on her own experiences, often focusing on the experiences of women, weaving myth and realism together. She has lectured and done extensive book tours and has taught literature at s...more
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