Monday, May 21, 2012

Zorro by Isabel Allende

Zorro was my favorite TV hero when I was a child. He combined social conscience with great skill without super powers, making him both more believable and larger than life at the same time. In her take on Zorro, Isabel Allende captures all the things I loved so much about Zorro.

Allende's book takes Zorro from his birth in California as Diego de la Vega through his coming of age as Zorro. She describes his education in Spain and how he became such a talented swordsman. She shows how a wealthy aristocrat became a freedom fighter for the downtrodden and oppressed. And she tells a great adventure story.

Even if you don't share my childhood fascination with Zorro, this book is beautifully written and fast moving, a real literary adventure story.

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