Zorro: A Novel

by ALLENDE ISABEL

Harpercollins Publishers | March 16, 2010 | Hardcover

Zorro: A Novel is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 3.

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, he is a child of two worlds. Diego de la Vega's father is an aristocratic Spanish military man turned landowner; his mother, a Shoshone warrior. Diego learns from his maternal grandmother, White Owl, the ways of her tribe while receiving from his father lessons in the art of fencing and in cattle branding. It is here, during Diego's childhood, filled with mischief and adventure, that he witnesses the brutal injustices dealt Native Americans by European settlers and first feels the inner conflict of his heritage.

At the age of sixteen, Diego is sent to Barcelona for a European education. In a country chafing under the corruption of Napoleonic rule, Diego follows the example of his celebrated fencing master and joins La Justicia, a secret underground resistance movement devoted to helping the powerless and the poor. With this tumultuous period as a backdrop, Diego falls in love, saves the persecuted, and confronts for the first time a great rival who emerges from the world of privilege.

Between California and Barcelona, the New World and the Old, the persona of Zorro is 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, a.k.a. 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.28 × 6.44 × 1.25 in

Published: March 16, 2010

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060778970

ISBN - 13: 9780060778972

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story about a Great Legend Isabella has captured the essence of the legend and created a very believable story. The development of Zorro’s family history and how he became dedicated to justice was very well done. This book is well worth the read.
Date published: 2008-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delightfully Fun This may not be the best thing that Allende has ever written. However, it is a wonderful adventure. For someone who might find the Zorro concept a sort of hokey Robin Hood imitation, this novel kicks it up a notch. I often forgot while reading this that it was fiction as Allende made the whole story so real that I felt it must be historical. Zorro comes alive as an idealistic, slightly conceited boy who is hopelessly in love. He, along with his wiser friends manage to bring justice to many, all in an attractive black mask.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Putting a real life story to a comic character with splendid writing, Isabel has elegantly portrayed Zorro's life. Isabel infuses life into a role makes Zorro both human and super human.
Date published: 2006-06-07

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Zorro: A Novel

Zorro: A Novel

by ALLENDE ISABEL

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.28 × 6.44 × 1.25 in

Published: March 16, 2010

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060778970

ISBN - 13: 9780060778972

About the Book

In this swashbuckling adventure, the author of "My Invented Country" reveals for the first time how Diego de la Vega became the masked man of legendary fame.

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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, he is a child of two worlds. Diego de la Vega's father is an aristocratic Spanish military man turned landowner; his mother, a Shoshone warrior. Diego learns from his maternal grandmother, White Owl, the ways of her tribe while receiving from his father lessons in the art of fencing and in cattle branding. It is here, during Diego's childhood, filled with mischief and adventure, that he witnesses the brutal injustices dealt Native Americans by European settlers and first feels the inner conflict of his heritage.

At the age of sixteen, Diego is sent to Barcelona for a European education. In a country chafing under the corruption of Napoleonic rule, Diego follows the example of his celebrated fencing master and joins La Justicia, a secret underground resistance movement devoted to helping the powerless and the poor. With this tumultuous period as a backdrop, Diego falls in love, saves the persecuted, and confronts for the first time a great rival who emerges from the world of privilege.

Between California and Barcelona, the New World and the Old, the persona of Zorro is 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, a.k.a. 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.

About the Author

Isabel Allende is the author of nine novels, translated into more than twenty-seven languages, including the New York Times bestsellers InÉs of My Soul, Portrait in Sepia, and Daughter of Fortune. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.


Nacida en PerÚ y criada en Chile, Isabel Allende es la autora de nueve novelas incluyendo mÁs recientemente Zorro, Retrato en Sepia, Hija de la Fortuna e InÉs del Alma MÍa. TambiÉn ha escrito cuentos cortos, tres libros autobiogrÁficos incluyendo Mi PaÍs Inventado y Paula, y una trilogÍa de libros para jÓvenes. Sus libros han sido traducidos a mÁs de 27 idiomas y son bestsellers a travÉs del mundo entero. En 2004, fue nombrada a la Academia de Artes y Letras de los Estados Unidos. Vive en California.

Editorial Reviews

"One of those rare and perfect matches of subject and author... Sinfully entertaining ... Serious fiction." (Houston Chronicle)