The Return of Tarzan (Tarzan, #2)
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The Return of Tarzan (Tarzan #2)

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Tarzan entered the smoking-room and sought a chair a little apart.
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Published February 1st 2000 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 1913)
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Werner
Aug 20, 2009 Werner rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fans of adventure stories; Tarzan fans
As I read this book over the last few weeks, I remembered and recognized more and more parts of it --finally, including the ending-- and realized that I'd read it before as a kid. (Evidently, I did so after reading part of it at a friend's house; but had forgotten the title of what I'd read there, and so came to think that episode involved a different book.) The re-reading, after a lapse of nearly 50 years, was fresh and enjoyable once again; in fact, it made me recall how much I enjoyed the ori...more
Stephen Gallup
My daughter is being encouraged by her teacher to get a little variety in her reading, and maybe I'm trying for the same in going back to books that captivated me when I was about her age. Well, no, not exactly. The real reason is that I've been feeling the pressures of life more keenly than usual and wanted an escape.

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
Jim
About 25 years ago, I decided to revisit the real turning point in my life as a reader, the point at which I became a voracious reader. I decided to re-read the Tarzan books I'd devoured as a teenager, to see if they still held up. I re-read the first book, Tarzan of the Apes, about an orphaned boy who grew up among the great apes, and was delighted to see that whatever maturity I had gained hadn't cost me the joy I'd experienced in that first book of the long series. For some reason, though, I...more
Sandy
Perhaps the most well-known fictional creation of the 20th century, Tarzan celebrates his official centennial in October 2012. First appearing in the pulp publication "All-Story Magazine" as a complete novel in October 1912, "Tarzan of the Apes" proved so popular that its creator, Edgar Rice Burroughs, wasted little time in coming up with a sequel...the first of an eventual two dozen! That sequel, perhaps inevitably titled "The Return of Tarzan," was first seen in the pages of the short-lived pu...more
Nick Angelis
Tarzan is simply a white SuperCaptainCoolMan. That's all there is to it. With sinewy arms of steel forged in the leafy shadows of the darkest jungles--you get the picture. The silliest theme in the book is Tarzan's de-evolution from a gentleman in Paris to the ape-man rampaging through the jungle with his primate brethren. The not-so-subtle social Darwinism featured in all the Tarzan books is annoying if you can't get past the stupid ideas of previous generations--maybe in 75 years people will b...more
Jim
I'm pretty sure I gave Tarzan of the Apes 5 stars, so I have to give this one the same. It's really one, 2 part book. It is better in one way, much of Burroughs earlier seeming racism is gone. Otherwise, it is just a continuation of the basis for a story we've all come to know so well. It relies heavily on coincidence, monumentally stupid bravery & sheer magic, but it's a heck of a lot of fun.
Johnny
In the initial pages of this book, John Clayton (aka Jean C. Tarzan) is a sophisticated westerner who is welcome at any sophisticated Parisian gentleman’s club (meaning something rather different when this was written than what it means in most modern cities). Indeed, there is a portion of the book where the “apeman” seems more like a western spy than the “King of the Jungle.” If you, like me before picking up this edition, have never actually read any of the myriads of Tarzan novels penned by t...more
Vlad
After reading the original "Tarzan of the Apes" earlier this year, I was eager to see what the first of the many sequels was like. What I found was disappointing.

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
Luke
Tarzan diddles around being Superman and you just don't care because he is never in peril, just like Superman. He is invincible, basically. This is boring. The first book had an amazing ending and we want to know what happens next but instead we are treated with a meandering, disjointed plot when all we want to read about is our hero and the fun, if silly, cast of characters that populated the first book, Jane especially. There's a simple, stupid love story here and Tarzan's sacrifice at the end...more
J
Tarzan smokes cigarettes, drinks absinthe and says, “Mon Dieu!” That’s in between beatin’ the bad guys and dazzlin’ the ladies.

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
John
How in the world did Burroughs go from TARZAN OF THE APES to...this? TARZAN OF THE APES was pulp fiction in a good sense; THE RETURN OF TARZAN epitomizes what happens when pulp fiction is done poorly. Nothing about the story feels natural. The book begins with Tarzan landing a job as a secret agent. That's right, a secret agent. Reason enough to put the book down right then and there! Tarzan never fails to show up at the perfect moment to foil the bad guys' plans. He fights like Superman, woos w...more
Dave
Few would ever claim that Edgar Rice Burroughs was a great writer at any point in his career, but it should be noted that he was an extremely poor writer at the start of his career. He improved immensely during those first few years, but re-reading his early books can often be rather painful. On the other hand, he did have a lot of very good ideas, and that is why his series are still remembered and still read today. This is especially true of Tarzan, in which he created an iconic character who...more
Lisa Jones
While I reviewed Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs, I compared the novel to my favorite Disney movie, Tarzan. I found myself enjoying the Tarzan story created by Disney rather than the original Tarzan story by Burroughs. While reading The Return of Tarzan, the sequel of Tarzan of the Apes, I had neither expectations of the plot nor visuals to match the descriptions. For this reason, I enjoyed The Return of Tarzan immensely more than Tarzan of the Apes, especially the further character...more
Bryan Spellman
Well, I finished the second book of Tarzan and what some would consider the 1st story. Written almost 100 years ago it still rings true today. There are themes here one can appreciate. Loyalty, trustworthiness, chivilary. Sure it is campy at points, and the planets align in the strangest ways to make sure people and/or places are where they need to be but the hero is one you feel for and his lady is one you fear for. No...me Tarzan you Jane in this book. Disney, et al, got it all wrong and I lon...more
Melanie
I LOVED "Tarzan of the Apes" but I was afraid "The Return" wouldn't thrill me as much. But I think I actually liked it more than the original. I would never recommend reading this first and skipping "Apes," but if you read the first, certainly read the second. I love Tarzan as a part of society. He's awesome and sexy and almost a hybrid of Holmes and...Tarzan (from "Apes") It's arguable, I know. But the whole time I was just sitting there thinking, "Tarzan needs to be a detective."
I know it's m...more
David Phipps
This is the continuation of the first book, Tarzan of the Apes. Not really as good as the first book but a decent ending to the origin story. I liked the first part of the book better where Tarzan is kicking ass in France and northern Africa. Not as fun once he gets back to the jungle where he grew up. More silliness here too since the author brings ALL the characters back to Tarzan's jungle. The Lost City of Opar is introduced in this book which is inhabited by bestial religious fanatics who ma...more
Angus Whittaker
This is the worst Burroughs novel that I have read. I really enjoyed the first Tarzan book, but this one was a complete disappointment, from beginning to end.
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
Thomas
I loved the first Tarzan book, almost fanatically. It's one of my favorite pulp adventures. This one kind of wanders. It eventually all adds up but it's not particularly subtle at getting there, the way the first book was.

There's also some fairly objectionable racial politics in here at certain points, but that's sort of par for the course with Burroughs.
Jim

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

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Charles
Book 2 in the series.
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Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Bur­roughs is the sec­ond novel in about the Lord of the Jun­gle. As its pre­de­ces­sor, the book was first pub­lished in a pulp mag­a­zine dur­ing 1913 and only later pub­lished in book for­mat (1915).

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
Matti Karjalainen
Edgar Rice Burroughsin "Tarzanin paluu" (Karisto, 1948 - 9. painos) on viidakkomiehestä kertovan sarjan toinen osa.

Kiitämme:

+ 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
The_Mad_Swede
Burroughs second Tarzan novel follows more or less directly after the events of the first novel, but its setting and pace is quite different from that its predecessor. Tarzan is now, as the first book leaves him, out of the jungle, and instead of providing a new chilling ungle epic, it opens in with adventures in Europe and as Tarzan does return to the dark continent, it is as an agent of France and to areas other than his own jungle. As such, the novel reads a lot like a spy novel set in the ea...more
Peter
"He pitied the poor creatures of Paris, penned up like prisoners in their silly clothes, and watched by policemen all their poor lives, that they might do nothing that was not entirely artificial and tiresome."

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

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Donovan
I have to be honest, I liked this book because it was well-written much like the first in the Tarzan series of classics, Tarzan of the Apes. I will admit though that as I am reading the third in the series there is a definite trend to the books - basically at some point in time, Tarzan must always end up back in the wilds; I guess it wouldn't be Tarzan without that happening.

The characters remain vivid even as Burroughs introduces new characters, he takes the time to define them and their place...more
wally
I think this might be the 13th ERB I've read...(reading now)...and the 3rd Tarzan story. I'd read #1, Tarzan of the Apes & #8, Tarzan the Terrible...enjoyed both of those stories...and...I have not read any reviews of this one, as yet. Those are always fun as there seems to be more than a few eager to spank Burroughs....for imagined transgressions. Imagined, I say, because they are long on accusation and short of proof.

In fact, in one story...not a Tarzan story, I found proof to the contrary...more
Kirt
Very good. It sort of finishes up the plotlines that started with the first book, and adds quite a few of its own, so the two books make a good, self-contained story, considering everything wraps up in the end. The only complaint is it wraps up a little too quickly and conveniently at the end, but this is forgivable because at that point the book has reached its emotional climax (between Jane and Tarzan) and the rest is really just loose ends. Hell, if a Japanese guy had wrote it we probably wou...more
Bryan
There are different types of reads. There are books that you read to expand your mental horizons, to help you ponder concepts that you might not otherwise, books which raise serious questions about the nature of humanity and the world we live in.

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
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