Friday, November 12, 2010

Review: Zorro by Isabel Allende

Title: Zorro
Author: Isabel Allende

Read copy: eBook
Published: 2005
ISBN: 0007201974
ISBN-13: 9780007201976

Witnessing the injustices against Native Americans by European settlers from childhood, Diego de la Vega, the son of an aristocratic Spanish landowner and a Shoshone mother, returns to California from school in Spain to reclaim the hacienda on which he was raised to seek justice for the weak and helpless.

A swashbuckling adventure story that reveals for the first time how Diego de la Vega became the masked man we all know so well.

Born in southern California late in the eighteenth century, Diego de la Vega is a child of two worlds. His father is an aristocratic Spanish military man turned landowner; his mother, a Shoshone warrior. At the age of sixteen, Diego is sent to Spain, a country chafing under the corruption of Napoleonic rule. He soon joins La Justicia, a secret underground resistance movement devoted to helping the powerless and the poor.

Between the New World and the Old, the persona of Zorro is formed, a great hero is born, and the legend begins. After many adventures—duels at dawn, fierce battles with pirates at sea, and impossible rescues —Diego de la Vega, a.k.a. Zorro, returns to America to reclaim the hacienda on which he was raised and to seek justice for all who cannot fight for it themselves.

My rating:

Being a big fan of "El Zorro", this book came as a bit of a disappointment. I can't put my finger on exactly what bothered me...I guess there was just something missing. Don't ask me what, the book and I simply didn't click.

Don't get me wrong, the book was good, just not as good as I expected it to be. I guess it must be poisoning from the telenovela with Christian Meier I've been following lately, and the residues from the two Zorro TV series I watched when I was little.

Maybe if I read it with my mind "pure" I would've liked it better.


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