Zorro by Isabel Allende

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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.

Review by Hayling Island Library Reading Group:

12 members attended – 8 enjoyed the books as a ‘good read’ in spite of the ‘Boys Own’ aspect. The historical and geographical details were praised together with some descriptions – the Gypsies and the journey across Spain for examples. However, several members queried the quality of the translation from Spanish to English and found instances of most inappropriate phrasing.

Star rating: **

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2 thoughts on “Zorro by Isabel Allende”

  1. Review by Kings Somborne Reading Group:
    A split group. Some loved the swashbuckling story and the historical/geographical interest. Others found it little above Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and hated it!
    Star rating: ***

  2. Review by New Forest/Waterside U3A reading group:
    The group had mixed feelings about Zorro. While accepting that Part 1 (the Californian period) was necessary to establish the early credentials of the two main characters and the socio-political conditions of the time, it was too long and too slow. A bit off-putting; but once the action moved to Spain the story took on a different pace. We discussed the credibility of milk brothers, attacked and defended the ease with which Juliana fell for Jean Lafitte and the effectiveness of the position of the storyteller. Somehow we forgot about the role of the gypsies. One member defined the book as ‘a good romp’. Perhaps not the best introduction to Isabel Allende but worth ***.
    Star rating: ***

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