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The Return of Tarzan (Tarzan #2)

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Tarzan had renounced his right to the woman he loved, and civilization held no pleasure for him. After a brief and harrowing period among men, he turned back to the African jungle where he had grown to manhood. It was there he first heart of Opar, the city of gold, left over from fabled Atlantis.

It was a city of hideous men—and of beautiful, savage women, over whom reigne
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Published March 23rd 2009 by Tantor Media (first published 1913)
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Jul 19, 2014 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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Suzie J. Toumeh
"He pitied the poor creatures of Paris, penned up like prisoners in their silly clothes, and watched by policemen all their poor lives."
A star for Opar, what happened on the lifeboat, and the Waziri people.

Another for every chapter with Jane in it.

and the last one is for Nikolas Rokoff and Hazel Strong.

Tarzan also seems to have learned to speak more languages than Jane (-_0), everyone conveniently ends up at Tarzan's Jungle in the last few chapters and what about the part where he wanted to wo
Quentin Wallace
Another fun Tarzan Adventure. I did have a few issues. First, there were too many coincidences. Everyone once again ends up in the same jungle together through several different circumstances. It just seemed a little too far-fetched to me, although it still made for an entertaining story. There was also a lot going on in this one, almost too much. You had Russian spies, lost tribes, lost cities, shipwrecks, etc.

That being said, you still get a great Tarzan adventure at its core, and if you are
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
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
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. Tarzan you Jane in this book. Disney, et al, got it all wrong and I lon ...more
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
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
Drew Graham
(3.5, perhaps)

After learning of his true parentage and having seemingly lost his lady love to an Englishman (who just happens to hold the title that belongs rightfully to the ape-man), Tarzan heads to France with his new friend Paul D'Arnot to learn more of civilized society and modern man. It doesn't take long before the Lord of the Apes, now clad in a neat suit, makes enemies of so-called gentlemen, and that leads him on an adventure of danger and mystery, finally landing him back in his belov
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.
You can take the boy out of the jungle but you can’t take the jungle out of Tarzan… sorry I had to say it… because even though Tarzan can blend with the best of them and could’ve inherited the title of Lord Greystoke, he gave it all up… with nothing left he basically decides to go on a treasure hunt… he’s got nothing but time and plenty of skills… but of course nothing is simple… Jane and all of them some how manage to get shipwrecked in Africa again… Tarzan is abducted by ape men and a woman wh ...more
In Tarzan of The Apes, Tarzan found out through fingerprint technology that he is indeed Lord Greystoke but he doesn't tell Jane. She's chosen to wed another man and Tarzan doesn't want to cause any trouble for her. Brokenhearted, Tarzan goes to France and eventually ends up working as a spy for the French government. He has exciting adventures until he is thrown overboard a ship by an enemy spy. He is able to swim through the ocean and the land he reaches is the coast of Africa by his tree hous ...more

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

Jim Morris
I bought this as a Christmas gift for my grandson. I read it 65 years ago, so it's a little dim in my memory. But the head of the University of Arkansas English Department in 1979 was Dr. Ben Kimpel, a Harvard PhD and the nations second leading authority on the poet Ezra Pound. Dr. Kimpel had read pretty much everything printed worth reading in English, and he and I got in an argument on, of all things, which was the best Tarzan book. I was pushing Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, which is a thund ...more
I was a bit reluctant to go five stars initially. It's just short pulp fiction. It's just ERB. However, what's the rating for? Did I enjoy this? Did it meet my expectations? Did it do it's job well?
The second tale of Tarzan picks up from the end of the first. Tarzan in New York and Paris, then as a spy in North Africa. These bits i don't find as dull as some commentators but it's true the story gets better when Tarzan is washed up on the Dark Continent again. (Though to be throw overboard and w
This second book in the Tarzan series spends a bit less time preaching the innate superiority of the European, and somewhat less time demeaning those of other cultures.

A quick read, and entertaining. Read the online version of this one all today, and it's still early evening.

Some of the logical inconsistencies are a bit baffling, but not frustrating enough to make me quit reading.

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Brian Bates
the return of tarzan
by Brian Bates

the return of tarzan is a 298 page book wrote by Edgar Rice Burroughs. and i enjoyed the book very much because of the detail. it is about a guy named tarzan and he is now a citizen. one night he attacked these guys who were up to no good. tarzan got in trouble and had court and pled guilty. he then attacked the guards and escaped from the window and was roof running. he went back home to the jungle. i would highly recommend this book for everyone who sees thi
Indika De Silva
Tarzan is tired of the life in the city. People attack others for no particular reason. The laws of the men confuses him. In addition to all these worries; Jane Foster is to marry someone else.

Therefore the Ape man who is nursing a wounded heart in the city of Paris decides to travel.

And what an adventure that turns out to be.

Will Tarzan find true love or ways to mend his broken heart? Will he find gold in the mysterious city of Opar? Will he return to his native Africa? What will happen to J
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Tarzan (1 - 10 of 27 books)
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  • The Beasts of Tarzan (Tarzan, #3)
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