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Forest of the Pygmies

(Memories of the Eagle and the Jaguar #3)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  11,842 ratings  ·  410 reviews
Alexander Cold and Nadia Santos reunite for their final adventure in Isabel Allende's celebrated trilogy. This time they are heading to the blazing plains of Kenya, where Alex's grandmother Kate is writing an article about the first elephant-led safaris in Africa. Days into the tour, a Catholic missionary approaches the camp in search of companions who have mysteriously di ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Rayo (first published April 2004)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
El bosque de los pigmeos = Forest of the Pygmies (Eagle and Jaguar #3), Isabel Allende
Forest of the Pygmies, a 2004 novel by Chilean novelist Isabel Allende, is a threequel to City of the Beasts and Kingdom of the Golden Dragon. Kate Cold, an International Geographic reporter, is on safari in Kenya with her grandson Alex and his friend Nadia. They soon meet Angie Ninderera, a bold and seductive pilot, and Brother Fernando, a Catholic missionary who needs to reach a jungle-girt village called Ngo
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Read the first two books back in 2019 so didn't have them fresh in my mind but I did enjoy this last one quite a lot. Bit sad that it's come to an end but I can always reread the series again someday! ...more
Feb 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
i curse my compulsion to finish a book once i've started it. this was good for killing time when i couldn't sleep and didn't want to read anything of substance, but holy crap is it awful.

isabel, que paso?? i understand that this is young adult and 'magic realism' in the vein of her more famous works, but boy does this cross the line. basically, these adventuresome teenagers and a grandmother and some randoms use magic and their wits to defeat an african dictator and free some pygmy slaves. did
Jun 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: chidderbooks
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Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best trilogy ever tbh
Francisca Darney
I read the first two books of this series a couple of years ago and felt like I should have read them all back to back. For whatever reason I wasn't connected with the characters and felt like it lacked suspense.

I like how the ending connected all the books and let us know what happens to the main characters.
Sep 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 7th-grade
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May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it took me forever to finish this because i just didn't want to say goodbye to this series - i just love everything about it.
i am very sad that i have finished The Memories of Eagle & Jaguar series. But i know it's only a see you soon. And anyways, the fabric of space and time unites everything, so in a way maybe i'm always reading these books, always living in this world.
Isabel Allende, as always, writes beautifully, reuniting me with my old favourite pals, and instantly bringing me on board wi
Mar 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
I am so disappointed. I loved the first two books, so when I found out there was a third, I was very excited. This book was such a letdown- rushed, a forced sense of completion, and a huge change from the books before. This didn't feel true to the characters- they lacked the depth of previous books; the culture dealt with in this book felt less real and more stereotypical; and the whole thing felt rushed. The rules of the world, as established by previous books, we're broken left and right, the ...more
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, young-adult, 2015
Sigh. I like Allende's other books but really dislike this series. All of my complaints about the second book apply to this one as well.

"Pygmies" isn't necessarily a pejorative term but it's not the most PC of terms she could have used. And when she's using "pygmies" rather than a specific ethnic group or some other more culturally sensitive term, it's harder to overlook her comparing the adults to children and comparing their children to dogs.

I know she didn't mean it the way it sounds when yo
Georgina Lacayo
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love it!
Couldn't Isabel Allende write another, and another and another and another......
Alexander and Nadia, or better yet, Jaguar and Eagle have truly lived a life. So full of adventure and thrill and excitement. Mysteries and battles.
How do they always come out alive!!


(The only thing I am in disagreement about is that the missionary is laughed at, and Catholicism is ofended.)
 ♥María♥ (Mariana S.)
LOL when I was in the middle of the book I notice this was the last book from a trilogy.
I like how Isabel describes any situation in the book because you can really imagine the scene, but definitely it's not the type of books I like or choose to read.
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-haven
The last book of the trilogy, again wonderful journey for both young Alex the Jaguar and Nadia the Eagle this time deep in Africa.

I'll just recommend you to read anything that written by Isabel Allende regardless what you think about this trilogy ;)
May 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish
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Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Good end to the series
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, yet-to-have
This time Jaguer and Eagle are in the heart of Africa.
With Kate Cold's International Geographic team, Alexander and Nadia start their journey in the first elephant safari. At the end of the trip, a missionary stumbles from the jungle and asks their pilot Angie Ninderera to take him to the village Ngoubé, where his brothers were the last time they sent a letter. In last couple of letters they described how difficult the situation in the village is because King Kosongo, commandant Mbembelé and sor
Jody Silver
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Doesn't stand out like Allende's adult novels, but I didn't hate it as much as some others who have reviewed it (in English).
When I picked it up, I had no idea it was the 3rd of a trilogy. I may have enjoyed it more if I had read the 1st 2 books, but then again, I may have disliked it more, too.
I found it to be disjointed and the connections between the characters were very underdeveloped. And I was left wondering if something was lacking in the translation from Spanish to English (especiall
Aug 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just hate how Nadia Santos has to leave her home, her father and friends to live with a stranger in the USA to get a “good education“. Also it is super uncomfortable how her changing body is constantly described and emphasised how she is now turning into this curvy woman. How women are described is also an issue with this book, lots of fat-shaming and ageism used for jokes...
ALSO I hate that Nadia Santos gives up her dreams and studys at the same university as Alexander, just so he can still e
Karina Santander
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is actually the last book to a trilogy - & it was interesting, but I also didn't understand several of the references, because they were talking about the previous book, but I can tell you that book one, City of the Beasts, was an amazing book. Forest of the Pygmies was good though, & the series is an interesting & different genre. ...more
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
The third in a series of three books featuring Alexander and Nadia. They venture into different continents. In this book, they are in Africa. They go to find a man who's missing and instead find a repressed group of pygmies. Together they have to work together to encourage and help the natives throw off the man who's controlling them. ...more
Paul Servini
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Great series although this last book was possibly not quite so exciting as the previous ones. But it was still very enjoyable. And it's challenging me to open my mind to things which don't fit into the scheme of my long-held beliefs. ...more
Damjan Krstanović
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't know this was a book for children when I picked it up. Overall it's not that bad, but it does go over the top quite alot and more intinutive children will be asing questions on which author does not have answers to. ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
It was mildly amusing but I suspect the African terrain described was more like the Amazon forest except for the forest animals. The pygmy names Nana Asante and Ipemba-Afua surprising since they are Akan names from West Africa.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow this book was amazing to the characters, the action, and overall adventure. The Eagle and Jaguar series has taught me and shown me so much about adventure with the people you love. I can’t believe I’ve finished this series but I loved it. An amazing end to an amazing series
Kelly Nellis-Schwan
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-not-owned
I’ve read the other two of this series, which are phenomenal. This last one was good, but not the best of them. It had a little less magic to it than the others, but I do not regret reading it and recommend it to others!
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fast read. Set in jungles of Africa two young explores and their adventurous grandmother journalist expose a violent community ridden with danger and witch craft. A little unbelievable black magic with animal transformations but intriguing plot. Entertaining read.
Adalee Ingle
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Out of the entire series, this was the hardest book to get through. I do not remember if I ever finished reading it. I encourage having the first book in a classroom of older students, but the last two in the series is quite difficult to read.
Jun 25, 2020 rated it liked it
This book disappointed me. I was hoping for something I could get lost in and I just did not. Maybe it is because this is the last installment of a trilogy and I should have realized that sooner and read its predecessors.
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really liked it.
The only thing that was not the best is how at the beginning of the book we are told that the couple must stay together to survive, but at the end it is not so important. Their lives were not really at risk.
Dorian Moreau
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
The third book in the series is not less fantastic than the previous ones, and we discover yet another kind of supernatural and magical. Overall, the series is an easy and fun read, with hints of deeper meanings to be sought.
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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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