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Isabel Allende seamlessly educates us while we’re in the grip of her ceaseless suspense. Ill treatment of the Indians, catastrophic decisions about the environment, and corrupt officials all get equal play in City of the Beasts. More than one moral winds its way through the jungle with the youths. Reread 2021: you know that great feeling of rereading a childhood favourite and finding it actually manages to hold up to your memories? Yeah, well: this didn’t... Ein wirklich guter Auftakt zu einer Jugend-Fantasy-Trilogie, die in vielen Aspekten von so einigen Jugend-Fantasy-Geschichten aus den aktuellen Jahren abweicht. Está narrada en tercera persona siguiendo un argumento lineal y bastante descriptivo (usual en la autora), pero sin resultar aburrido. Está poblado de animales, indígenas, chamanes, dioses y espíritus, en donde se entretejen a la perfección la magia, la fantasía y la realidad. I had come to the library with purpose today. The scrunched up piece of paper with recommendations in my mom’s crooked handwriting in hand, I entered the building.

Me encanto la historia por varias razones, es una travesía a tierras fantásticas y peligrosas al estilo de Julio Verne, que se desarrolla en las selvas de mi tierra Venezuela, tiene algo de magia y misticismo, y habla de las culturas autóctonas de mi país, si bien es algo inocente en algunos puntos con respecto a los indígenas, no deja por ello de ser un libro juvenil muy bueno, a la altura de varias de las sagas que están de moda en la actualidad.

The beginning was boring beyond belief. I had to read this for school, and my class and I begged the teacher to let us read another one. It had no interest for us, no appeal. I hated the grandmother, didn't know what to think of the main character, and was bored out of my mind by the language. When the main character was swimming with the dolphins, the story basically went, 'I was having so much fun. It was the best day of my life.', and then boom, on to the next boring-as-crap thing. I had to wonder if something was lost in the translation... The first half of the book had a snails pace, just prolonging our torture. For nostalgias sake I’m keeping it at 4/5 stars because I have wonderful memories of reading this with my mum when I was about 10, but really: this doesn’t age well. Initial reception was split between harsh criticism and approval. Some critics regarded the novel as an engaging read and a good first try at a children's book, [3] while others note its slow start, and tedious, somewhat unconvincing speech in translation. The fact that this has been describes as an ecological romance makes me cringe, as this is definitely neither a flattering nor an accurate way to describe this. In fact, part of why I enjoyed reading this was because it wasn't a romance story - it's an adventure. La ciudad de las bestias = City of the Beasts (Memories of the Eagle and the Jaguar #1), Isabel Allende

The People of the Mist test Alex and Nadia with harrowing experiences, teaching them about their culture and values. In exchange, the tribe learns to trust—and even rely on—the teens. Eventually, they set Alex and Nadia off on a journey to El Dorado. There, the two find unlikely treasures, valuables that may enrich their lives in unforeseen ways if they can survive the many obstacles in their paths. Making the right decisions becomes a matter of life or death.When I was in my teens I don't believe that I had the choice of books that is now readily available for YAs or even middle grade youngsters.

Con “La ciudad de las bestias” Allende comienza la trilogía “Las Memorias del Águila y el Jaguar” y su incursión en la literatura juvenil, bastante alejada de las novelas a las que estábamos habituados: su protesta sobre la dictadura que azotó por muchos años a Chile. Creo que de lo mejor del libro es la evolución de los dos niños, se vuelven dos personas nobles, honradas, con la mente abierta a otras culturas, tolerantes y defensores de las causas justas. El realismo mágico está presente en toda esa evolución, dejando borrosas las barreras entre lo que aprendieron por ser real y lo que aprendieron por ser maravilloso o mágico. Suspicion starts to grow around some members of the party. The stated objectives of a couple of nefarious types seem at odds with their actions. Fortunately, Alex teams up with Nadia, the guide’s daughter, and the two form a bond which unites them throughout the journey. They go into each day with open minds, allowing them to see the good in evil-appearing individuals, and the bad disguised as beauty in others. San Francisco Chronicle Book Review for Nov. 17th 2002: one of the best Young Adult Science Fiction novels of 2002 [5]What an absolutely splendid book by Isabel Allende! I haven't read any of her young adult books before and this is the first one in the Eagle and Jaguar Series. Such a joy to read!

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