Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Zorro - Isabel Allende

Read on dad's reco. Was a decent read.

The character of the fictional zorro was etched out in various tv series and movies. This book creates one possible childhood for him, his birth, his early years, his lineage and upbringing.

Set at the beginning of the 19th century, it traces the birth and childhood of a boy born in a world where the native americans and the spanish and other conquerers were jostling for power. The child is of mixed parentage, and sees the conflicting world views. The book traces through his childhood and pre-teens in europe, in the backdrop of the tumultous times. The invaders from europe push back the natives further and further on the fringes, brutally subduing them, bringing in their 'way of life' and changing the landscape forever. Meanwhile there's the background of the french revolution, bringing with it, its radical ideas, which challenged europe's traditional thinking, but which was also at complete logger heads with the expansion that all the powers in eupore were following.

Overall its a decent read, keeping the story moving, with lots of action as zorro indulges in various escapades. At the same time, there's the understated background of the times he lives in which shapes him.

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