I read all the Tarzan books so many times way back in my youth that I still remember them fairly well. Remembered liking this one in particular, perhaps because it moves our hero t...more
Tarzan is back, and must continually do battle against vile Russian villain Rokoff, who starts off blackmailing his own sister, but upgrades to murder based on the plot requirement. Tarzan encounters adventures on the open seas, in France, Morocco, and various locations in Africa, including the lost city of gold, Opar.
While the first...more
I found the second volume of the Tarzan series to be just as good as the first, just as exciting, interesting and action packed. Those who know me might say, “Yeah, Justin, but that’s because you’re a little kid and you like this sort of thing.” Not so, folks. Well, I do like this sort of thing and I don’t often win awards for stoic maturity but Burroughs is no slouch an...more
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My main problem with this novel was the heroine, Jane Porter (me Tarzan, you Jane). She has absolutely no character; like many other romance/adventure novels from this period, she's just the pale-skinned, beautiful, delicate woman that is rescued innumerable times throughout the book. She does not just lack character, either - her characte...more
There's also some fairly objectionable racial politics in here at certain points, but that's sort of par for the course with Burroughs.
Tarzan loves Jane, but she has promised to marry another. Heartsick and lonely, Tarzan sails to Paris to learn the ways of civilization from his friend D'Arnot. On board ship--and later in the cafes and streets of Paris--he learns that the jungle is not the only place where savage beasts dwell. Before setting foot on French soil, Tarzan is caught up in a whirlwind of blackmail, attempted murder, kidnapping, and the intrigues of desperate men and beautiful women. When a secret mission takes him b...more
The novel starts where Tarzan of the Apes ended, the ape man is recovering from his sacrifice at marriage to Jane Porter and goes to visit Paul d’Arnot in France. On the ship Tarzan becomes involved in the affairs of Countess Olga de Coude and her husband,...more
+ Yleistä tarzaniutta
+ Ylipapitar La'n ja Oparin kaupungin ensiesiintymistä
+ Jalojen wazirien esiinmarssia
+ Norsunluuta hamuavien arabirosvojen kuolonmarssia, joka kopioitiin muistaakseni myös myöhempiin osiin melkein sellaisenaan.
+ Vanhanaikaista, ylevää kieltä, joka sopii tämmöiseen seikkailuromaaniin kuin lassoköysi hortahin kaulaan.
+ Stereotypioita sekä mustavalkoista h...more
In this installment, Tarzan returns! Pulpy, fast-moving, but not all that well-written.
The Return of Tarzan, though slightly less racist than its predecessor, possesses neither the originality of the first novel nor its sensible brevity. Tarzan remains just as invincible, just as irresisti
The characters remain vivid even as Burroughs introduces new characters, he takes the time to define them and their place...more
In fact, in one story...not a Tarzan story, I found proof to the contrary...more
And then there are books like the Tarzan books.
The works of Edgar Rice Burroughs are the literary equivalent of popcorn. You can consume as much of it as you want, and it's very tasty at the time, but it really does not nourish you in any significant way...more