City of the Beasts

Paperback | November 3, 2009

byIsabel Allende

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Equal parts magical realism and deft political commentary, City of the Beasts, the first novel of Isabel Allende's page-turning adventure trilogy, takes young Alexander Cold on an adventure in the Amazon to find the legendary Beast and its home, El Dorado. Available in trade paperback for the first time, this exciting coming-of-age novel from Allende, acclaimed author of The Sum of Our Days and The House of the Spirits, is an “Indiana Jones-style adventure packed with daring feats, monsterlike beings, intrigue, and mystery." (Indianapolis Star)

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Equal parts magical realism and deft political commentary, City of the Beasts, the first novel of Isabel Allende's page-turning adventure trilogy, takes young Alexander Cold on an adventure in the Amazon to find the legendary Beast and its home, El Dorado. Available in trade paperback for the first time, this exciting coming-of-age nov...

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When Alexander Cold's mother falls ill, the fifteen-year-old is sent to stay with his eccentric grandmother in New York. A tough and prickly magazine reporter, Kate Cold takes Alex along with her on an expedition to the Amazon to verify the existence of the fierce, gigantic, legendary creature known as the Beast. Joining them on their ...

Isabel Allende is the author of twelve works of fiction, including theNew York TimesbestsellersMaya’s Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, Inés of My Soul, Daughter of Fortune, and a novel that has become a world-renowned classic, The House of the Spirits. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.01 inPublished:November 3, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061825115

ISBN - 13:9780061825118

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT When I was 11 I stayed up until 1 am reading this without realizing, I was completely obsessed by it. I read it again when I was fifteen and liked it a little bit less.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from City of the beasts The city pf the beasts is a wonderful book with deep emotions. If you want something more than harry potter this is the book for you.
Date published: 2015-09-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Found some of it interesting, but lost interest at other parts 3.5 stars 15-year old Alexander's mom has cancer. She has to go away to be treated, so Alexander and his sisters are sent to stay with their grandparents (Alexander with his scary grandmother, Kate, and his sisters with their other grandparents) for a while. While Alexander is there, Kate has a trip to the Amazon planned, so Alexander comes along, and has an adventure he never would have expected. I really liked it at the start and a little way into the book, but in the middle, once the fantasy elements were added in, that's where I lost interest. Once the fantasy stuff was mostly out of the storyline again, once again, I was more interested. So, how much I liked it depended on what part of the book I was reading at the time! (It's probably obvious I'm not a fan of fantasy, or this type of fantasy, anyway.) So, I'm going to average out the 4 stars of really liking the parts that didn't involve the fantasy elements and losing some interest during those parts and rate it “good”, 3.5 stars.
Date published: 2013-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Fantasy Lover's Dream" The tropical amazon, hides a breath taking secret. A must read for Fantasy Lovers! The only real sad part is when you finish the book! You are taken to a new world, with such descriptive words its hard to put it down and remember where you truly are.... Must read!
Date published: 2006-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from city of beasts City of beasts is a very good combination of myth and modern as Alex and Nadia go on a journey to discover who they really are. This is a very good book and kept me wrapped up throughout the story.
Date published: 2006-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What was the book about??? The book tells and brings an authentic image of the city to the magnificent forest in Amazon. I had never imagined the forest with mystical creatures such detailed and memo graphic like this books’ description. Although the plot of the story was clear there was a great, unexpected twist at the end. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who likes to expand their imagination. The book offers an adventure never to be forgotten. As Alex and Nadia (the main characters) were learning from each other, they have shown an effort of bravery and friendship and loyalty not only to themselves but also reflected to others. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!!! It’s magical!
Date published: 2005-12-20