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Zorro by Isabel Allende
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Jan 28, 12

Isabel Allende’s novel Zorro creates breathtaking and engrossing scenes, and her characters have splendid qualities of genuine emotion and nuance. She masterfully develops Zorro’s disciplined mental capacity and his physically-gifted attributes. She shows how he gained the mindset and skills to embody a legendary man of justice. Before becoming Zorro, Diego de la Vega witnesses the massacre and continued persecution of the Native tribes of California. While visiting Barcelona, he sees the injustices of the French upon the Spanish citizenry and also the migrant Gypsies. He encounters slavery and the cruelty of the slave trades. His experiences build into a relentless inner calling to oppose these despicable actions; he becomes Zorro. The exquisite style of Allende’s writing and her wonderful characterizations makes her prose special. She captures the essence what she’s detailing, while maintaining a narration that builds and billows, but always flows forward with grace and confidence. Her imagery elevates each and every element of the novel. The facts and details of the historical backdrop are accurate and mesmerizing. Fun and informative, arresting and compassionate, Allende’s novel brings the figure of Zorro to life with expert precision and craft.

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