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    El Zorro Zorro Isabel AllendeZorro is a 2005 novel by Chilean author Isabel Allende Its subject is the pulp hero Diego de la Vega better known as El Zorro The Fox who was featured in an early 20th century novel Allende's story is split into six parts each part dealing with one stage of Diego de la Vega's life with the last part serving as the epilogue The novel chronicles Diego's upbringing as well as the origins of his Zorro alter ego He goes to America to find his dreamتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز پانزدهم ماه آگوست سال 2007 میلادیعنوان زورو؛ نویسنده ایزابل آلنده؛ مترجم محمدعلی مهمان نوازان؛ تهران، انتشارات مروارید؛ سال نشر 1385؛ در 421صفحه؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان شیلیایی سده 21مدیگو دلاوگا، در «کالیفرنیای» جنوبی، در سالهای پایانی سده ی هجدهم میلادی، به دنیا آمد، او فرزند دو دنیای دیگرگونه است پدرش، یک نظامی «اسپانیایی» اشرافی است، که املاک بسیاری دارد، و مادرش جنگجویی بومی است؛ «دیگو» در شانزده سالگی، به «اسپانیا» فرستاده میشود، کشوری که به خاطر فساد حکومت ناپلئونی، در وضع بدی قرار دارد؛ او خیلی زود به گروه «عدالت» میپیوندد یک جنبش پایدار زیرزمینی که به یاری افراد ناتوان، و نادار میشتابد و به آنها یاری میکند؛ بین دنیای کهن و دنیای تازه، کاراکتر «زورو روباه» شکل میگیرد؛ قهرمانی بزرگوار پا به میدان میگذارد، و افسانه ای شگفت آغاز میشودنقل نمونه متن کتاب «او دریافت که آنها که بیشتر حرف میزنند، کمتر عمل میکنند، خودستایی نشانه ی افراد نادان است و چاپلوسان، معمولا بدجنس هستند»؛ «آیا واقعا باور دارید که زندگی منصفانه است آقای دلاوگا؟» «نه استاد، اما میخواهم هر کاری را که در توانم هست، انجام دهم تا آن را منصفانه کنم»؛ «عشق، شرایطی است که بر منطق افراد سایه میافکند، اما کشنده نیست؛ معمولا تمام چیزی که بیمار نیاز دارد این است که عشقش دوطرفه باشد، و سپس، از آن بیرون میجهد و شروع میکند به بو کشیدن هوا برای یافتن طعمه ی جدید»؛ پایان نقلتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 10051399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی


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    The Perennial SaviourAn ancient people has been conuered by a foreign empire Now subject to the arbitrary justice of the imperial representative the locals are being pressured to abandon their religion and worship the god of the invaders Among them a man of nobel lineage takes a wife Together this man and woman produce a son who is devoted to truth and justice a righter of wrongs a saviour a messiah Sound familiar?Well there are certainly many elements of the Christian myth But Batman his sidekick and their cave is also in the picture What child could resist? Add the background of the magical land of California when it was still Spanish and the romantic density is overwhelming The Prisoner of Zenda another favourite at age 10 fascinated for the same reasons exotic location noble heritage gone wrong the possibility for justice in a fallen worldSo as a YA adventure novel Allende’s Zorro is top notch But if you’re already fully cooked emotionally speaking and not into nostalgia there’s not much there Magnificent cover however


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    Is it fair to give only 3 stars to such an exceptionally talented writer as Allende? In my defense I have to say that my judgement only applies to this particular novel Otherwise I am very much a fan of her work and in my eyes she will always be five star writer As you might guess by my marking this is my least favourite novel by Isabel Allende I'll get straight to the point It just doesn't seem to flow as effortlessly and naturally as her other novels I'm assuming that it is because here Allende had to face certain restrictions She couldn't let her imagination run completely free because she had to adapt it to the legend of Zorro True enough she gave this story her flare Nevertheless it didn't feel fundamentally Allende I didn't get the same feeling I got while reading her other works It it is still a good book It is imaginative it is lyrical and it is beautiful However I think she is one of those authors that works best starting from a blank page I’m not saying that it was a bad decision on her part to write this one I don’t regret reading it so it could be said I’m actually satisfied that she was brave enough to tackle the Zorro legend and tried to make it dance to her beat The way Allende vowed her story around the legend of Zorro is very interesting but that all being said I just don’t think this is her best workThe whole concept of the book is pretty cool inhaling new life into this hero I was looking forward to reading this one Moreover Allende certainly did shad a fascinating light on this legend In some ways her portrayal does adds some depth to Zorro She makes him come to life Nevertheless Allende achieves this by filling in information and vibe around him than by really developing the Zorro himself I have to say that having read this novel Zorro remained an enigma for me Not in a way that Lord Jim did because here I didn’t have a feeling that it was intentional For example in Conrad’s Lord Jim the protagonist retains a sense of mystery about him You’re never completely sure who he is but in the context of the novel it makes perfect sense In this case I didn’t have a feeling that Zorro was supposed to remain a mystery here it seems like a weakness in the story telling While I was reading this novel I felt like Zorro was restricting Allende She was getting on doing her thing working her magic but this larger than life character would somehow disrupt her incantations and cause her magic to retreat What am I trying to say? Perhaps simply that my opinion is such it's a good novel but it has its flaws As I explained the main problem I had with this book was the protagonist I just don't think he was portrayed that well he remained a bit one dimensional He is supposed to be the centre of the novel but it doesn’t feel like it I did like the story created around him and I already alluded to that Trust to Allende to develop a great family saga anytime and anywhere I liked how Allende made Zorro biracial that added a new layer to his personality and made him somehow even uintessentially South American That whole concept of his mixed origin was extremely interesting but it wasn’t enough for me as a reader to get into his character Something was missingActually it is the Zorro's mother and grandmother that as characters impressed me the most and those two have certainly got stuck in my memory The other characters that caught my attention were the friar at the start of the novel and Zorro’s best friend Another thing that surprised me is how often he the Zorro's best friend takes attention from Zorro himself I know Allende meant to make the Zorro human but she needn’t have made him so depended on others Is it good to have a hero that's not really sympathetic although he is in the focus of the story? Zorro was often – well I have to say it lame It is not that he was an anti hero he just didn’t seem very proactive or interesting I think that is probably what bothered me the most Could it be that Allende writes best when she centres her stories around female characters? I would have loved to read even about Zorro’s mother and grandmother Speaking of female characters Zorro’s love interest is a well written female character but she also takes the spot light from him and they don't really interact well togetherI really enjoyed the first part of the novel and while the second part left me a bit confused I can’t say that I minded terribly the process of reading it At times I felt that the story was getting out of hand but if I will be honest I can’t really say that I minded all the digressions and the parallel story telling Allende certainly employed the magic realism well enough in this one as well It is just that I lacked a sense of groundless My personal opinion is that the novel would be better if it was told from perspective of a woman or even if it was titled differently With the Zorro title we’re expecting it to be about Zorro and learning that is not really about him when you’re half a way into novel is confusing Everything is centred around Zorro the narrative the plot the characters yet he proves to be elusive and not in the pyschologalphylosophical way that Dorian Gray or Lord Jim are it is like she is not sure what to do with him So Zorro is not the novel's strongest point Still there are many things I liked in this novel Here are some of the novel's perks that I particulary enjoyed an interesting introduction into Indian culture the well played dynamics of the relationship between Zorro's parents personal relationships reflecting the relationship between the natives and the Spanish the fascinating story of Zorro growing up many wonderful stories parallel to the main narrative a large cast of interesting charactersThe idea of Zorro's being torn between cultures is uite exceptional if you ask me In many ways its potential was fulfilled I did enjoy reading this novel yet I must admit there were times when my attention wandered Maybe because of the fact that a lot of things that happen didn't seem very plausible but this one didn’t keep me glue to its pages not in the way other Allende’s novels have The novel has many things going for it for instance there are plenty of funny moments in the story and I uite enjoyed those Certainly there's a sense of humour in the novel Perhaps I’m too harsh in my reflections upon Zorro Perhaps the author did mean for him to be in the background maybe the moral of the story is that everyone is a hero I can understand why perhaps Allende wanted to make the story less about Zorro and about people That being said as the story progressed I kept losing my interest because of the way the story was composed The narrative is structured around Zorro and if he as character isn’t interesting what is there to keep our interest? Yes there are other stories and other character but we still need something to hold it all together As the novel progressed it continued to be filled with actions and events Even if here was enough going on to grab my attention there certainly wasn’t enough going on to make me emotionally involved in the story Yes there were some good episodes but that's about it until the end of the novel To conclude I would recommend this novel to Allende's fans because I think there is enough of 'her' in it to be enjoyable The writing in this one is pretty decent all of its flaws set aside On the other hand if you haven't read anything by Allende don't pick up this one because it is not her finest hour if you know what I mean Instead pick up The House of Spirits Of Love and Shadows or Daughter of Fortune any of those should be able to blow your mind away Not this one I'm afraid This one is a case of a good novel that didn't uite live up to its potentional


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    When Magical Realism Met SuperheroesTalk about an origin storyIf it were not for being Zorro’s story this would be considered uite classy literature Maybe it still is? I am not familiar with the critical reception It is finely detailed and expertly constructed weaving history and legend seamlessly Allende almost pulls it off but the awareness of the ending seeps into the rest of the book spoiling all the better moments It might be an unavoidable thing and Allende deserves praise not blame for the attempt but still the awareness of a type of ‘non literature’ keeps intruding into the reading experience trivializing it in so many subtle ways It is interesting to note how a humanization process is increasingly present in the recent wave of blockbusters about super­ heroes Spiderman Batman now the entire Marvel universe Critics as Zizek says rave about how these films move beyond the original flat comic book characters and dwell in detail over the uncertainties weaknesses doubts fears and anxieties of the supernatural hero his struggle with his inner demons his confrontation with his own dark side and so forth as if all this makes the commercial super production somehow “artistic’ In real life this humanization process undoubtedly reached its apogee in a recent North Korean press release which reported that at the opening game on the country's first golf course the beloved president Kim Jong II excelled finishing the entire game of 18 holes in 19 strikes One can well imagine the reasoning of the propaganda bureaucrat nobody was going to believe that Kim had managed a hole­ in one every time so to make things realistic let us concede that just once he needed two strikes to succeedThe thing with origin stories though is that everything in it will be understood from a reference point of the future; and hence it cannot escape cliches if not in the telling then in the understanding The ‘why’ of the origin makes this inescapable as all events have a tendency to be connected to one event the classic ‘all roads leading to Rome’ a sort of prophesy fulfillment type of plot This becomes uickly the worst sort of genre plotting anathema to ‘literary readers’ who need greater subtlety Of course this applies to biographies too but they have the saving grace of being at least true by assertion But origin stories or fictional biographies for that matter with a known end point become unavoidably contrived Allende does her best but cannot sidestep her readers in the endAnyway to the finely tuned fan this is a new sort of delightful Magical Realism as applied to superheroes for chrisssakesWhat I want next is a Batman written by Pynchon


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    I have been reading this book for almost a year and I'm still only halfway through it so the likelihood that I'm going to finish it are diminishing by the momentI love the idea of this book The story of Zorro from his childhood? Wow what's not to like? Except the story is told rather than shown There are paragraphs that take up full pages in a trade paperback no less and pages and pages between bits of dialog This is ungodly slow reading How anyone can take a swashbuckling hero like Zorro and make him dull is beyond my imagining Except I don't have to imagine it I've seen it Right here


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    It takes a certain kind of skill to write a boring book about a character like Zorro and apparently Isabel Allende possesses such It also takes a certain brashness to pronounce your protagonist as fun in the first paragraph and several times following that and then fail to produce any real evidence of itI was excited about the prospect of this book a great pulp hero like Zorro in the hands of someone with Allende's lit cred? It'd have to be great right?It took maybe 20 30 pages to disabuse me of that idea Allende's narrator sets out to tell the origins of Zorro starting with events years before his parents met and then proceeds at the pace and in a style fit for a medium sized biography We're less than 60 pages from the end before a 20 something Don Diego de la Vega returns from Spain to California and begins his career as America's first superhero in earnest This would be something like making the audience sit through 90 minutes of Aaron Smolinski and Jeff East working on the farm with Glenn Ford and Phyllis Thaxter before Christopher Reeve catches Margot Kidder and the helicopter and then foils Lex Luthor's big nuclear missile into the San Andreas faultreal estate scam in 15 minutesAgain it read like a biography and an unimaginatively written one at that He did this and then he did that He was this adjective and was that often Over and over and over no showing plenty of telling For a couple of paragraphs on either side of a section of his lifeescapades the narrator would break in with a little commentary and bordered on developing an engaging voice but that would disappear within a page It had to be the slowest 390 page book I've read in years I kept at it waiting for her to pull it around once the setup was finished What a mistake Save yourself from following in my footsteps


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    What is it about Zorro? Back when the Disney channel was watchable by people over age 16 they showed the Guy Williams Zorro the ones in black and white The show is far older than I am but it's still cool There was also the Zorro series on the Family Channel what is now ABC Family That series was good far better than the Black Stallion series on the same channel And who can forget Antonio and Catherine?Zorro is the American version of Robin Hood He works in California before the Americans stole of Spain but there is something American about him His weapon of choice is no the bow but the sword Zorro also has style his famous Z and a beautiful horse He also comes without the baggage of Robin Hood No matter how much one may love Robin Hood it is difficult to irgnore the fact that sometimes Robin Hood targets innocent people those soliders had families after all Since Zorro doesn't kill this uestion is mootZorro is coolZorro's fashion sense predates Batman's but Zorro lacks Batman's angst Zorro is an everyday hero He sticks to the man with the humor and good nature of a comicHe's sexyAllende's story of Zorro focuses on the Fox's beginnings In the PS section of the book Allende says she hopes the story was realstic It is It is an entirely believable superhero storyIt also feels a bit like a Hollywood movie and it is Zorro so this is okay Strangely the cliches don't annoy because they seem to be tongue in cheek There also is the uestion of the narrator In some ways the narrator becomes far intersting than the character of Zorro himself The speaker seems a bit self serving and the reader wonders about thisTo be honest at times the story seems to be a little loose There is a subplot where you simply want Zorro to hurry up and get home Put on that blasted mask you foxOverall however the book is good If you like Zorro this is a must read


  8. says:

    Great backstory for the adult Zorro aka Don Diego de la Vega whose adventures were spun out in serial form by McCulley from the 20's to the 40's Allende renders a compelling saga at the turn of the 18th century with vivid characters from many walks of life and cultures We get a believable vision of how an upbringing could instill the necessary balance of compassion crafty duality and gueriilla warfare skills that imbue the intrepid hero of the downtrodden She takes you on a fun ride in close form to classic tales such as Dumas wrote but with a tongue in cheek charm that shows when the narrator periodically speaks directly to the reader Allende carfts an enriched upbringing for Diego de la Vega in Alta California near the future Los Angeles with a formal education riding and fencing lessons etc provided by his landed Spanish rancher father and his learning of Indian survival outdoor skills and spiritual values from his Shoshone warrior mother and shaman grandmother De la Vega's empathy for social and political victims is nicely rooted by Allende with his witnessing of atrocities against the Indians and later gypsies and slaves The origins of his habit of falling in love with women he cannot win is made into a nice heart to the story consistent with a classical romantic trajectory in which the hero never uite achieves fulfillment His development is nicely rounded out through the teenager befriending both gypsies and pirates and through his experiences in several violent skirmishes to avert threats to his family and people he cares about Thus our mythic hero is made human and fondly real


  9. says:

    Having grown up watching the tv series it was with pleasure that I started this novel Add to this that it was written by Isabel Allende and my expectations soared Zorro is really an 'Origins' story recounting how the masked crusader came to be piecing together all the key elements from the circumstances of Diego's birth to his embodying the myth The author used a big cast with many interesting characters and a wealth of settings each vast colourful and intricate Historical details abounded too with several real figures appearing on the pages and added to the whole texture of the bookI particularly liked the friendship between Diego and Bernado milk brothers and loyal partners to the end Many scenes were full of adventure and very compelling However some were less so harder to enjoy I'm not entirely sure why that is Perhaps the style of narration didn't let me connect completely with the hero? 


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    I LOVED this book Granted I think Isabel Allende is one of the best authors I have ever read but despite my bias this was still a really good book I love the story of Zorro to begin with but Isabel Allende writes it from the point when Zorro's parents meet and then how he is born and becomes Zorro It is great historical fiction and I have always liked how Allende uses magic realism in her writing The book gives insight into the California Mission system as well as interesting information about Spain and New Orleans I would recommend this bookand anyall books by Isabel Allende


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Mother a Shoshone warrior At the age of sixteen Diego is sent to Spain a country chafing under the corruption of Napoleonic rule He soon joins La Justicia a secret underground resistance movement devoted to helping the powerless and the poor Between the New World and the Old the persona of Zorro is. When Magical Realism Met SuperheroesTalk about an origin storyIf it were not for being Zorro’s story this would be considered uite classy literature Maybe it still is I am not familiar with the critical reception It is finely detailed and expertly constructed weaving history and legend seamlessly Allende almost pulls it off but the awareness of the ending seeps into the rest of the book spoiling all the better moments It might be an unavoidable thing and Allende deserves praise not blame for the attempt but still the awareness of a type of ‘non literature’ keeps intruding into the reading experience trivializing it in so many subtle ways It is interesting to note how a humanization process is increasingly present in the recent wave of blockbusters about super­ heroes Spiderman Batman now the entire Marvel universe Critics as Zizek says rave about how these films move beyond the original flat comic book characters and dwell in detail over the uncertainties weaknesses doubts fears and anxieties of the supernatural hero his struggle with his inner demons his confrontation with his own dark side and so forth as if all this makes the commercial super production somehow “artistic’ In real life this humanization process undoubtedly reached its apogee in a recent North Korean press release which reported that at the opening game on the country's first golf course the beloved president Kim Jong II excelled finishing the entire game of 18 holes in 19 strikes One can well imagine the reasoning of the propaganda bureaucrat nobody was going to believe that Kim had managed a hole­ in one every time so to make things realistic let us concede that just once he needed two strikes to succeedThe thing with origin stories though is that everything in it will be understood from a reference point of the future; and hence it cannot escape cliches if not in the telling then in the understanding The ‘why’ of the origin makes this inescapable as all events have a tendency to be connected to one event the classic ‘all roads leading to Rome’ a sort of prophesy fulfillment type of plot This becomes uickly the worst sort of genre plotting anathema to ‘literary readers’ who need greater subtlety Of course this applies to biographies too but they have the saving grace of being at least true by assertion But origin stories or fictional biographies for that matter with a known end point become unavoidably contrived Allende does her best but cannot sidestep her readers in the endAnyway to the finely tuned fan this is a new sort of delightful Magical Realism as applied to superheroes for chrisssakesWhat I want next is a Batman written by Pynchon My days in Prison the age of sixteen Diego is sent Hanuman: An Introduction to Spain a country chafing under The Bengalis: A Portrait of a Community the corruption of Napoleonic rule He soon joins La Justicia a secret underground resistance movement devoted No More Questions: The Final Travels of U.G. 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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 aka 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. Great backstory for the adult Zorro aka Don Diego de la Vega whose adventures were spun out in serial form by McCulley from the 20's to the 40's Allende renders a compelling saga at the turn of the 18th century with vivid characters from many walks of life and cultures We get a believable vision of how an upbringing could instill the necessary balance of compassion crafty duality and gueriilla warfare skills that imbue the intrepid hero of the downtrodden She takes you on a fun ride in close form to classic tales such as Dumas wrote but with a tongue in cheek charm that shows when the narrator periodically speaks directly to the reader Allende carfts an enriched upbringing for Diego de la Vega in Alta California near the future Los Angeles with a formal education riding and fencing lessons etc provided by his landed Spanish rancher father and his learning of Indian survival outdoor skills and spiritual values from his Shoshone warrior mother and shaman grandmother De la Vega's empathy for social and political victims is nicely rooted by Allende with his witnessing of atrocities against the Indians and later gypsies and slaves The origins of his habit of falling in love with women he cannot win is made into a nice heart to the story consistent with a classical romantic trajectory in which the hero never uite achieves fulfillment His development is nicely rounded out through the teenager befriending both gypsies and pirates and through his experiences in several violent skirmishes to avert threats to his family and people he cares about Thus our mythic hero is made human and fondly real Critical Terms for Literary Study the legend begins After many adventures duels at dawn fierce battles with pirates at sea and impossible rescues Diego de la Vega aka Zorro returns Surrounded by Spirit to America Hard Country: A Golden Bay Life to reclaim Circle Of Shadows the hacienda on which he was raised and The Secret Life of the Garden to seek justice for all who cannot fight for it Flight Club themselves. Great backstory for Plains of Giah the adult Zorro aka Don Diego de la Vega whose adventures were spun out in serial form by McCulley from In the Hands of Strangers the 20's Like Wind, Like Wave to Land And The Ruling Class In Hong Kong the 40's Allende renders a compelling saga at Horse Show the Ask a Midwife turn of 100 People Who Made History the 18th century with vivid characters from many walks of life and cultures We get a believable vision of how an upbringing could instill Orchid Moon the necessary balance of compassion crafty duality and gueriilla warfare skills The House of Rajani that imbue The Water's Edge the intrepid hero of The Road Home the downtrodden She The Road Home takes you on a fun ride in close form The New High Protein Healthy Fast Food Diet to classic Everyday Sports Injuries tales such as Dumas wrote but with a The Baby Doctor tongue in cheek charm Zafarnama that shows when Ghalib: The Man, The Times the narrator periodically speaks directly All You Who Sleep Tonight: Poems to Bombay Stories the reader Allende carfts an enriched upbringing for Diego de la Vega in Alta California near कुछ अटके, कुछ भटके the future Los Angeles with a formal education riding and fencing lessons etc provided by his landed Spanish rancher father and his learning of Indian survival outdoor skills and spiritual values from his Shoshone warrior mother and shaman grandmother De la Vega's empathy for social and political victims is nicely rooted by Allende with his witnessing of atrocities against Pickpocket the Indians and later gypsies and slaves The origins of his habit of falling in love with women he cannot win is made into a nice heart Testemunha Mortal to Conspiracy in Death the story consistent with a classical romantic The Immortal Throne trajectory in which Just Because I Made Love to You Doesn't Mean I Love You the hero never uite achieves fulfillment His development is nicely rounded out Arion and the Dolphin through Arion & The Dolphin: A Libretto the Vanishing Acts: New and Selected Poems, 1985-2005 teenager befriending both gypsies and pirates and For the Love of India: The Life and Times of Jamsetji Tata through his experiences in several violent skirmishes Goa: A Daughter's Story to avert The Tea Gardens threats City Improbable: Writings on Delhi to his family and people he cares about Thus our mythic hero is made human and fondly real

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A swashbuckling adventure story that reveals for the first time how Diego de la Vega became the masked man we all know so well Born in southern California late in the eighteenth century Diego de la Vega is a child of two worlds His father is an aristocratic Spanish military man turned landowner; his. Is it fair to give only 3 stars to such an exceptionally talented writer as Allende In my defense I have to say that my judgement only applies to this particular novel Otherwise I am very much a fan of her work and in my eyes she will always be five star writer As you might guess by my marking this is my least favourite novel by Isabel Allende I'll get straight to the point It just doesn't seem to flow as effortlessly and naturally as her other novels I'm assuming that it is because here Allende had to face certain restrictions She couldn't let her imagination run completely free because she had to adapt it to the legend of Zorro True enough she gave this story her flare Nevertheless it didn't feel fundamentally Allende I didn't get the same feeling I got while reading her other works It it is still a good book It is imaginative it is lyrical and it is beautiful However I think she is one of those authors that works best starting from a blank page I’m not saying that it was a bad decision on her part to write this one I don’t regret reading it so it could be said I’m actually satisfied that she was brave enough to tackle the Zorro legend and tried to make it dance to her beat The way Allende vowed her story around the legend of Zorro is very interesting but that all being said I just don’t think this is her best workThe whole concept of the book is pretty cool inhaling new life into this hero I was looking forward to reading this one Moreover Allende certainly did shad a fascinating light on this legend In some ways her portrayal does adds some depth to Zorro She makes him come to life Nevertheless Allende achieves this by filling in information and vibe around him than by really developing the Zorro himself I have to say that having read this novel Zorro remained an enigma for me Not in a way that Lord Jim did because here I didn’t have a feeling that it was intentional For example in Conrad’s Lord Jim the protagonist retains a sense of mystery about him You’re never completely sure who he is but in the context of the novel it makes perfect sense In this case I didn’t have a feeling that Zorro was supposed to remain a mystery here it seems like a weakness in the story telling While I was reading this novel I felt like Zorro was restricting Allende She was getting on doing her thing working her magic but this larger than life character would somehow disrupt her incantations and cause her magic to retreat What am I trying to say Perhaps simply that my opinion is such it's a good novel but it has its flaws As I explained the main problem I had with this book was the protagonist I just don't think he was portrayed that well he remained a bit one dimensional He is supposed to be the centre of the novel but it doesn’t feel like it I did like the story created around him and I already alluded to that Trust to Allende to develop a great family saga anytime and anywhere I liked how Allende made Zorro biracial that added a new layer to his personality and made him somehow even uintessentially South American That whole concept of his mixed origin was extremely interesting but it wasn’t enough for me as a reader to get into his character Something was missingActually it is the Zorro's mother and grandmother that as characters impressed me the most and those two have certainly got stuck in my memory The other characters that caught my attention were the friar at the start of the novel and Zorro’s best friend Another thing that surprised me is how often he the Zorro's best friend takes attention from Zorro himself I know Allende meant to make the Zorro human but she needn’t have made him so depended on others Is it good to have a hero that's not really sympathetic although he is in the focus of the story Zorro was often – well I have to say it lame It is not that he was an anti hero he just didn’t seem very proactive or interesting I think that is probably what bothered me the most Could it be that Allende writes best when she centres her stories around female characters I would have loved to read even about Zorro’s mother and grandmother Speaking of female characters Zorro’s love interest is a well written female character but she also takes the spot light from him and they don't really interact well togetherI really enjoyed the first part of the novel and while the second part left me a bit confused I can’t say that I minded terribly the process of reading it At times I felt that the story was getting out of hand but if I will be honest I can’t really say that I minded all the digressions and the parallel story telling Allende certainly employed the magic realism well enough in this one as well It is just that I lacked a sense of groundless My personal opinion is that the novel would be better if it was told from perspective of a woman or even if it was titled differently With the Zorro title we’re expecting it to be about Zorro and learning that is not really about him when you’re half a way into novel is confusing Everything is centred around Zorro the narrative the plot the characters yet he proves to be elusive and not in the pyschologalphylosophical way that Dorian Gray or Lord Jim are it is like she is not sure what to do with him So Zorro is not the novel's strongest point Still there are many things I liked in this novel Here are some of the novel's perks that I particulary enjoyed an interesting introduction into Indian culture the well played dynamics of the relationship between Zorro's parents personal relationships reflecting the relationship between the natives and the Spanish the fascinating story of Zorro growing up many wonderful stories parallel to the main narrative a large cast of interesting charactersThe idea of Zorro's being torn between cultures is uite exceptional if you ask me In many ways its potential was fulfilled I did enjoy reading this novel yet I must admit there were times when my attention wandered Maybe because of the fact that a lot of things that happen didn't seem very plausible but this one didn’t keep me glue to its pages not in the way other Allende’s novels have The novel has many things going for it for instance there are plenty of funny moments in the story and I uite enjoyed those Certainly there's a sense of humour in the novel Perhaps I’m too harsh in my reflections upon Zorro Perhaps the author did mean for him to be in the background maybe the moral of the story is that everyone is a hero I can understand why perhaps Allende wanted to make the story less about Zorro and about people That being said as the story progressed I kept losing my interest because of the way the story was composed The narrative is structured around Zorro and if he as character isn’t interesting what is there to keep our interest Yes there are other stories and other character but we still need something to hold it all together As the novel progressed it continued to be filled with actions and events Even if here was enough going on to grab my attention there certainly wasn’t enough going on to make me emotionally involved in the story Yes there were some good episodes but that's about it until the end of the novel To conclude I would recommend this novel to Allende's fans because I think there is enough of 'her' in it to be enjoyable The writing in this one is pretty decent all of its flaws set aside On the other hand if you haven't read anything by Allende don't pick up this one because it is not her finest hour if you know what I mean Instead pick up The House of Spirits Of Love and Shadows or Daughter of Fortune any of those should be able to blow your mind away Not this one I'm afraid This one is a case of a good novel that didn't uite live up to its potentional