In fact, in one story...not a Tarzan story, I found proof to the contrary...more
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
(view spoiler)[In the first novel, Tarzan appoints a successor when he leaves the apes. However, he seems less responsible here. He sets himself up as king of the Waziri, then leaves without even saying goodbye, and it later turns out that they've been searching for him for weeks. Similarly, he becomes...more
In book one, we are often told how limiting the language of the apes is, yet in this book Tarzan is able to carry out a detailed and convoluted conversation with a high priestess, using this same l...more
I don't mind fiction and fantasy. I enjoy and can completely "believe" a storyline if it is well written. But I almost felt like the author didn't put forth the effort to structure or come up with a plausible plot for the book.
Since this book was written in the early 20th century (1913,...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
The characters remain vivid even as Burroughs introduces new characters, he takes the time to define them and their place...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
That's not to say that the plot of this book is as heavy-hitting and powerful as Tarzan himself. In fact, I would say this story is redeeming in entertainment on...more
Whenever I read books from that era, I am always struck by the huge societal changes made from that time to this. Coming across references to people of other races in incredibly derogatory and/or total caricatures -- it's amazing. You just have to remind yourself, it was a different time. May as well have been a different planet.
The main thing is they're fun. And w...more
I know it's m...more
I loved Tarzan if the Apes and couldn't wait to read The Return of Tarzan. The story just didn't live up to the first. I enjoyed the beginning and the exploration of Tarzan trying to make a life for himself in civilization, and once Jane's story was added into the book I enjoyed those chapters, but I found myself getting frustrated that they would be short and then we would go back to Tarzan doing his jungle thing. Overall I enjoyed the story, though I did get bored with the middle of t...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
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
PG Wodehouse fans will enjoy Tarzan seizing women to 'cover their upturned faces with burning kisses', and the...more
Also, the absurd coincidences got a little too out of hand. Tarzan shows up at the exact last second a few too many times. Fun, guilty reading, but I get the feeling that the rest of the Tarzan books wi...more
Also, Opar makes its first appearance in this book, and believ...more