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Zorro by Isabel Allende
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Sep 06, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: adult-fiction
Read from September 06 to 17, 2010

When Isabel Allende--author of DAUGHTER OF FORTUNE and THE HOUSE OF SPIRITS, to name but a few--was approached to write a novel about the legendary Zorro, she refused at first, thinking it was beneath her literary expertise. After remembering her love for the Douglas Fairbanks movie, THE MARK OF ZORRO, and for the Disney TV series starring Guy Williams, she decided to take on the revisionists task of filling in the blanks about Zorro's life. This is not a book filled with Zorro's escapades, even though there are some of those. This is a book about Don Diego de la Vega and what experiences he had that shaped him into the vigilante for justice he became. You'll find out why Bernardo never talked, why Sergeant Garcia was always so hesitant to carry out any sort of action against Diego. For you who love Zorro lore and I do, have you ever asked yourself any of these questions? How did Diego get the idea to create his foppish persona, so in contrast to his confident Zorro alter ego? Where did he learn to fence like a whirlwind, perform feats of acrobatics as second nature, and where did he get his spectacular stallion, Tornado? All these questions and more are expertly and delightfully woven into an imaginative, colorful story.

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