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La Ciudad de las Bestias (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Paperback – September 16, 2003
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About the Author
Isabel Allende is the author of twelve works of fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Maya’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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Top Customer Reviews
Deep in the jungle, Alex meets up with Nadia, the fifteen-year old daughter of their guide, and the other members of the National Geographic expedition, and begins a journey of discovery which will lead him to test the limits of his courage and endurance. The people he encounters are not always what they appear to be, and the adventure quickly turns from a lark to a nightmare. In the course of the 400 pages Alex encounters the mysterious People of the Mist, and the legendary "Beasts," who--well, you just have to read it.
While many of the reviewers have been critical of this book, I must disagree. I found it charming, delightful, sometimes funny, and always intriguing. Toward the climactic ending I couldn't put it down. Allende writes with an innocent, mystic charm that draws you in and captivates you if you let it. It is not meant to be taken literally. It is a story of discovery, and the most important thing Alex will discover is--himself!
I recommend "City of the Beasts" highly. Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber.
Allende's ability and willingness to weave social themes into her books is to be applauded. All of us, no matter our age, need to be reminded that we have problems on this planet, and that we are the only ones who can solve them. We welcome her to the steadily growing group of human beings who are working to save this planet instead of destroy it. In light and joy, Nancy D.
I found that I really loved the novel myself, too! Allende is an outstanding author (I've read her more famous novels) and even for an adult, the characters are engaging and the plot moves along. In fact, I have read 2 out of the series of 3 because it is light reading for me in Spanish...a fun story for summer reading without having to do "high literature" but not sacrificing solid, interesting writing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great, fun read for someone looking to practice their Spanish!Published 18 days ago by Library Lover
Not what I would expect from Isabel Allende, she should stick to writing books for an older audience. It was very hard for me to finish the book.Published 23 days ago by Aidis
Una lectura refrescante llena de maravillosa trama y drama.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Allende stories are fluid and well written. They are packed with action. You want to turn the page. There is no staleness.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer