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''A succession of thrills from first page to last . . . Original . . . Captivating.'' --Boston Traveler --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

About the Author

JOHNSTON MCCULLEY (1883-1958), a one-time police reporter, was the author of hundreds of stories, fifty novels, plus numerous screenplays for film and television. He was also the creator of the character Zorro. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books (December 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899685412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899685410
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,477,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Nesbitt on January 17, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Many people have seen "The Mask of Zorro" starring Antonio Banderas. Even more are familiar with Guy Williams' 1957-59 portrayal of the legendary hero, or even Duncan Regehr's series in the early 1990s. But very few have, unfortunately, ever read the book that started it all, "The Mark of Zorro", originally entitled "The Curse of Capistrano" in its initial 1919 release. This is such a shame. Few Zorro stories of today -- excepting some fan fiction -- can rival the genius in Johnston McCulley's work(s). His Zorro is the ultimate adventurer.
Zorro's best-kept secret is the fact that there wasn't *one* Zorro story written by Johnston McCulley -- there were sixty! A wonderful new company is currently in production of republishing every one of these classic stories. I've read some of them; they're every bit as good as "Mark". Truly "must-reads". Miss them at your own expense.
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After being disappointed by the new Allende book on Zorro, I went in search of the original. What a lark! It's everything the Allende book is not: suspenseful, humorous (the response of Don Diego's prospective in-laws to hearing him sing and play guitar the first time is priceless), and exciting. You love the daring of the fox, and his passion to enlist others in a just cause (Allende leaves you wondering if Zorro possesses any motivation other than puerile lust). Eighty-five years after Zorro first appeared, he still has the power to make us wish that noblemen possessed nobility. The prose is simple and direct, unpretentious and effective. There will always be those who want to profit from a legend, but trust to the original. It's no Count of Monte Cristo, but it's ripping good adventure.

Allende made me ask "When will it end"; McCulley makes me ask "Does it have to end?"
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Yes, "The Mark of Zorro" is a light-hearted, spirited adventure romp, but this hardcover, at 25 bucks, is not a place to start.

The story by McCulley, is a terrific read, from stem to stern, even when you know the ending.

The physical book itself is AWFUL.

There are numerous typos throughout the entire book.

The letter "o" gets replaced by the number "6" a half dozen times in the last few pages alone.

There's a half a page duplicated, making for some confusing reading two-thirds of the way through.

The word "the" is often replaced by the the word "Die", making me wonder if there was some German transcriptionist involved somewhere along the line.

Letters are capitalized in the midst of words for no meaning.

It actually made reading this simple tale a chore.

I loved this story, but I hated the actual book it was printed in.
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Format: Turtleback
EXCITEMENT HERE! Senor Zorro is the Spanish version of Robin Hood, but with a twist! No one knows that the wealthy, skitterish, and languid laughingstock of the pueblo (Don Diego Vega) is really the notorious Highwayman.
Ordered by his father to marry, Diego tries to win the heart of a beautiful senorita, Lolita, but she is in love with the bandit highwayman: Zorro. Diego tries in his own dis-interested way to win her heart, although he abhors making any effort; save getting into his clothes in the morning. Deemed as the only twenty-four year old in the pueblo to yawn 200 times a day, Lolita will have none of him!
Meanwhile: Senor Zorro appears and disappears like the wind, serving justice to those who oppress the weak and rob from the innocent. When he is not fighting off soldiers or leading them on a wild goose chase, Zorro sneaks his way around to whisper love to the woman of his dreams: Lolita! Can these lovers ever know what the other truely desires?
Don Diego will have you cracking up as you read, and Senor Zorro will keep you on the edge of your seat. What more can someone ask from a tale of adventure and respect served with a swift blade?
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Format: Hardcover
The book, which is a reprint of the original story of Zorro, is fun and entertaining in a young adult way. The surprise is lost, of course, because I knew that Vega was Zorro. My main complaint is the number of typographical errors, which were rampant throughout the book. As a reader, it brought me to a complete halt while I puzzled out which word it was supposed to be, or who was actually speaking. The editors must have been asleep to produce such sloppy work.
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By A Customer on September 26, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Warning!!! This book is extremely addictive!!! If you do not like non-stop action, look elsewhere!!! This book was so much fun to read. Zorro, The Curse of Capistrano, is about a masked man that rides around old Southern California helping "settle the score" against the corrupt government and its army who abuse and persecute the native peasants, and innocent and hard working people of good blood. Zorro is a one man army that creates a huge thorn in the side for Sergeant Gonzales, his captain, and for the Governor. Zorro is a master with the sword; and a expert horse rider. He has nerves of steel, and his courage is never ending. The author did a great job at keeping you at the edge of your seat. The book became harder to put down as chapters go by. I orginally use to watch Zorro on TV when I was a kid and had always enjoyed it. So, after reading other reviews about this book, I knew that I had to get this!! Boy, was I in for a treat. It is a super good book, a super good story line that will keep you glued to the book to the very end. I would without a doubt, buy this book again!!!!
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