August 09, 2005

33. Zorro, Isabel Allende#

This is one of the few books I've heard on audio that I now HAVE to own a copy of. Blair Brown's reading was flawless, and her Spanish accent, at least to me, sounded perfect. The story itself is a literary rendering of the equivalent of a comic's origin story. We get to see how Zorro became Zorro, and what a trip it is. Allende does an excellent job of explaining how our hero came by his collection of skills, without sounding like she's trying to dryly explain some high character sheet stats (you gamers will understand that one).

Like all good swashbucklers, there's a lot of humor in Zorro, but there's a lot of pathos and adventure and excitement and romance too. Allende managed to work the formula without being formulaic. The identity of the initially unnamed narrator won't surprise anyone who's been paying attention, but by the time you get there, the narrator's identity doesn't matter nearly as much as the hero's. Definitely have to read this one again.

Posted by Lisa at August 9, 2005 11:53 AM | 2005
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