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Zorro (Hardcover)

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Description


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 bestselling author of twelve works of fiction, four memoirs, and three young-adult novels, which have been translated into more than thirty-five languages with sales in excess of fifty-seven million copies. She is the author most recently of the bestsellers Maya's Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, Ines of My Soul, Portrait in Sepia, and Daughter of Fortune. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received the Hans Christian Andersen Literary Award in 2012. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.

Corecipient of the first Gregory Kolovakos Award in 1992, Margaret Sayers Peden is a distinguished critic and translator of Latin American literature.

Praise For…


“This is a full-blooded retelling of the old masked-man legend, and it crackles with action.”
-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“A tale of adventure, history and romance, just in time for long reads on summer afternoons.”
-Austin American-Statesman

“Lively and fascinating.”
-Chicago Tribune

“Allende is a beguiling storyteller, and Zorro provides a rich palate for her customary embellishments.”
-Library Journal

“Equal parts adventure, historical novel and family saga, Zorro is a moving portrait of a hero who is heartbreakingly human.”
-People

“One of those rare and perfect matches of subject and author... Sinfully entertaining ... Serious fiction.”
-Houston Chronicle

“Allende’s discreetly subversive talent really shows . . . You turn the pages, cheering on the masked man.”
-Los Angeles Times

“Zorro is great fun . . . A thrilling journey into a world in which cultures clash as often as swords.”
-Miami Herald

“Wonderfully crafted . . . Allende gives Zorro the feel of a folk or fairy tale.”
-USA Today

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060778972
ISBN-10: 0060778970
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2005
Pages: 390
Language: English