February 17, 2011 at 7:07 pm (Book Reviews) (, )

ZorroZorro by Isabel Allende
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was really interesting. It is an origin story for Zorro, but written more like historical fiction rather than your typical hero adveture story. It is clear that Isabel Allende did a lot of research so the details of this world, from Alto CA to western Europe, ensured that these larger-than-life characters were grounded in reality. It is also written in a first-person narrative, which gives the book the feeling of authenticity while you are reading, similar to Memoirs of a Geisha or The Princess Bride. You know you’re reading fiction, but it is possible to absolutely lose yourself in the story and believe in it. Now, I didn’t find it to be as exciting or funny as The Princess Bride, but I still enjoyed it. I haven’t read the original Zorro stories, so I don’t know much about the character outside of the movies I have seen: The Mark of Zorro (1920); The Mark of Zorro (1940); Zorro, the Gay Blade (1981); The Mask of Zorro (1998); and The Legend of Zorro (2005), but I liked the way Allende wove them into her story.

I would recommend this to people.


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