Zorro : The Novel, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical adventure
  • ISBN: 9780007201983



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Something a little different from Allende's normal stuff, but its still really good.

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This book was definitely entertaining; Diego's adventures are fun. I think this book is missing something, though. I didn't feel connected to it, maybe because Diego disappointed me in the end. I think everything was too simply done, allowing the book to be enjoyable with little to feel emotional about. I did like it as I was reading it, but I can definitely feel the lack now that I've finished. Allende's writing (as much as I can tell from the translation) is engaging, wonderful, and light. No problems there. It is simply the cookie-cutter characters that failed to live up to their promise. There is a villain, and there are several heroes, and after the opening promises of character development, none of them move forward. That is what disappointed me.

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