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Zorro by Isabel Allende
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Jul 23, 2009

it was amazing
Read in November, 2005

This was the Branigan BookClub selection for November 2005.

Reading ZORRO confirms Allende's well deserved reputation as a brilliant, passionate story teller. She takes the legend of the masked man and fleshes it out into a fullblown historical novel with a depth and sweeping panorama fully the equal of the greatest epics of world literature. This is the work of an unquestioned master of story telling at the top of her form. There is not one false note, not one flawed plot line in the entire work. You learn how Zorro came to be Zorro and the tremendous personal cost involved. Get your hands on this book and read it if you thirst after a truly great story that will leave your head spinning!

Once again, the felicitous choice of Margaret Sayers Peden as Allende's translator has given us a true literary gem. Just as Allende's work is a Master's Class on writing, so Peden's is on translating. And it just doesn't get much better than the two of them together!
--Mark Pendleton
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