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Zorro : The Novel - Isabel Allende


Published: 2nd May 2006
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Bestselling author Isabel Allende's first adult novel since ‘Portrait in Sepia' – beautiful, disturbing and atmospheric. Beneath the mask, there is a man. And in his heart burns the fire of injustice …Duels at dawn, fierce battles with pirates and impossible rescues – these are the deeds that forged the legend of Zorro. But where did the man begin?Southern California, late 18th century: Diego de la Vega is a child of two worlds, his father an aristocratic Spaniard, his mother a Shoshone warrior. Growing up he witnesses the brutual injustices dealt to Native Americans. Later, following the example of his fencing master, the young Diego joins a secret movement devoted to helping the powerless. His first steps on the road to heroism have been taken.But a great rival will emerge from the ranks of the cruel oppressors. How will Zorro defeat him? And will his childhood sweetheart Isabel claim the prize she so longs for – his true love?


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
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    Comments about Zorro:

    Isabel Allende's honest and sympathetic treatment of her characters, settings and time in history fuses together into a refreshing observation of people and places not so far back in history. In fact, you wish that some of them could be still alive today when you finish the book. I'd love to read a sequel if Ms Allende ever writes one.

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    'Beautiful and disturbing and profound...told in Allende's characteristically dizzying style' Guardian 'Heroism doesn't come more mysterious or more dashing ... Pacey and atmospheric, this is a tale of love, rivalry and the pursuit of justice' Mail on Sunday 'The swashbuckling Zorro takes on new life in Allende's saga...never less than entertaining.' Sunday Times 'Isabel Allende leaves few swashes unbuckled as she gives Diego's saga a smooth, limpid flow. Highly entertaining' Independent

    Isabel Allende

    Isabel Allende was born on August 2, 1942, in Lima, Peru. She is the niece and goddaughter of Salvador Allende, the former president of Chile. She began her writing career as a journalist.

    Several months after her uncle's assassination and the overthrow of Chile's coalition government in 1973, Allende left Chile and found refuge in Venezuela. Her first novel, The House of the Spirits (1985), which arose directly out of her exile, became a worldwide bestseller and critical success. Some of her works include Of Love and Shadows (1987), The Infinite Plan (1993), Daughter of Fortune (1999) and Zorro (2005). Allende's work is written in the style of magic realism, which uses fantasy and myth to override time and place.

    At the urging of her three grandchildren, Allende wrote her first book for young adults, City of the Beasts, which was published in 2002. Her next books for young readers, Kingdom of the Golden Dragon (2003) and Forest of the Pygmies (2005), soon followed. Along with fiction, Allende also delved into her own life with several memoirs, including Paula (1995) and My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile (2003).

    Visit Isabel Allende's Booktopia Author Page

    ISBN: 9780007201983
    ISBN-10: 0007201982
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 400
    Published: 2nd May 2006
    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 19.2 x 13.0  x 3.0
    Weight (kg): 0.28