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Zorro by Isabel Allende
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Feb 17, 11

Read in February, 2011

I very much enjoyed this rollicking adventure, full of swashbuckling, pirates, gypsies, love, honour and duty. Isabel Allende has chosen to tell the story of the Zorro legend by focusing on his early life growing up in Alta California, the 5 years he spent on his eduction in Spain, and the first months of his life on returning to his home. In Spain, the young Diego meets his nemesis, the unscrupulous nobleman who is unable to secure the love of Juliana, the daughter of the fmaily with whom Diego lodges and subsequently has her father thrown into jail and seizes his house and fortune. Diego fights him and escape with the two daughters and returns to Alta California, only to find that his enemy has reached California first, thrown Diego's own father into jail and is abusing the indigenous people. The role of Bernardo is well developed. He is the milk brother of Diego and the 2 boys are very close and together learn to live the lifestyle of his tribe, the Yaqui Indians. Diego's skill depends on the education he receives both here and in Barcolena.
With her readable prose style, her research into the history of Spain and its colonies in the early part of the 19th century, and her imagination, Allende produces a novel of depth and colour. A very good read and a page-turner.
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message 1: by John (new)

John Thanks for the review. I have looked at this book a number of times but never picked it up. When I was a kid at Cordova Bay School we use to run through the trails at lunch playing Zorro, because it was big on the Walt Disney show. The Zorros out numbered the bad guys about 15 to 1.


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