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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 really liked it  ·  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
Mar 06, 2012 Stephen Gallup rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nick Angelis
Jan 09, 2012 Nick Angelis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 20, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 20, 2012 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
So good. I really don't like Rokoff. And then Clayton. ;'( But Tarzan and Jane. :D <3
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
East Bay J
Jul 01, 2008 East Bay J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
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
Jan 08, 2014 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulp-adventure
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
Lisa Jones
Feb 02, 2013 Lisa Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 19, 2013 Luke rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 Toumeh
"He pitied the poor creatures of Paris, penned up like prisoners in their silly clothes, and watched by policemen all their poor lives."
Oh, I think I've grown to love Nikolas Rokoff as a villian! and Hazel Strong's name! Lord she has a good name!

Other minor things noted about this book is the fact that Tarzan seems to have learned to speak more languages than Jane. I mean Edgar really takes the the well-bred British pride that seriously! I wonder if the sexism ever went away from in the other b
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
Quentin Wallace
Mar 19, 2015 Quentin Wallace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 04, 2015 Christopher rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! As much as I found fault with the first book in this series, "Tarzan of the Apes" - because of its deep-seated colonial and racist views of the world (not so unusual for 1912, when it was written) - at least it was well plotted and imaginatively conceived. Unfortunately, it ended on a bit of an emotional cliffhanger, which made me want to tackle the sequel just to see how the Tarzan-Jane romance would play out. I don't regret forcing myself to conclude the saga - knowing stuff is always nic ...more
May 13, 2015 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-bookclub, fantasy, pulp
In this second Tarzan novel the well known ape-man travels to Paris and gets up to all kinds of adventures in the civilised world, incurring the enmity of two sinister Russians. After a series of exciting adventures chance sees him back in Africa near to where he was brought up by Apes. He has grown as a person and no longer amuses himself by lynching Africans, which is nice. He also discovers a lost city of the ancient Atlanteans (inhabited by beautiful women and men who have regressed to near ...more
Mar 27, 2014 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, pulp
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
May 21, 2016 Leothefox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is me picking up the Tarzan series after a 15 year gap. I read the first one in highschool and started the second one but I guess I got distracted by a shiny thing and put it down. On reading it again, I must say I'm glad I finished.

Early Burroughs books like this one roll out high adventure and drama in equal measure, keeping the romantic factors in full swing, the whole of the story moving forward like a locomotive. This is actually a lot like “Gods of Mars”, relying also on the hero nea
Angus Whittaker
Feb 16, 2014 Angus Whittaker rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
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
Bryan Spellman
Sep 13, 2010 Bryan Spellman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sean O
Dec 06, 2015 Sean O rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Return of Tarzan, aka "Lets see how many girlfriends Tarzan can save before he's reunited with Jane.

Turns out there's the Russian born French countess, the Arab sheik's daughter, yet another American gal, a Oparian priestess, and good old Jane Foster.

The story is good, but the coincidences are many, and frankly ridiculous.

Still, Tarzan isn't as sexist, racist, or colonial as you might initially guess.
David Phipps
Jul 20, 2012 David Phipps rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, own
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
Sandra Visser
Mar 28, 2016 Sandra Visser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back-cover blurb:
Tarzan had renounced his right to the woman he loved and civilisation held no pleasure for him. After a brief and harrowing period among men, he turned back to the African jungle where he had grown into manhood. It was there he first heard 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 reigned La, high priestess of the Flaming God. Its altars were stained with the blood of many sacrifices. Unhee
Jan 10, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, action
#2 in the Tarzan series. Book is over 100 years old and, despite the fault (also found in contemporary books) of too many coincidences, is a fun read. After renouncing his title, and Jane, in favor of his cousin in #1 Tarzan of the Apes (1912), Tarzan sails for France. He encounters two villains, Rokoff and Paulvitch, who are threatening Count deCoude and his lovely wife and manages to foil their plans. In Paris, friend Paul d'Arnot, gets him a job with French Military Intelligence and one again ...more
James Bullinger
Aug 26, 2015 James Bullinger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tarzan 2, wherein we find Tarzan lolling around Paris drinking absinthe and smoking. Again, I was surprised at how not-heroic Tarzan was, *very minor spoiler alert* he assaults police men and cuckolds a count. That's right, he hooks up with a married woman, and it's not even Jane!
The first part of this book wasn't great. In Paris Tarzan was bored and so was I. But then, *another minor spoiler* he becomes a spy. Yep, a spy, and a pretty bad spy at that. But, spying gets him out of Paris, and get
Nov 08, 2015 Yaseen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book "The return of Tarzan was phenomaal in my opinion. It was very entertaining, but yet predictable. Tarzan was known to be an Ape of a man, because of his childhood. He is always illustrated as a super strong white man from Africa. This allowed me to infer that he would win all of his quarrels when he would approach danger. It was quite enjoyable though. One of my favorite moments in the novel is when Tarzan starts to strangle a known character, just when Tarzan was about to take his life ...more
Mike Jensen
I had forgotten how enjoyable it was to read about Tarzan sipping drinks in French cafes, smoking too many cigarettes, enjoying the opera, nearly having an affair with a married woman, and doing a number of other things we do not associate with the character. Unfortunately, after the barely racist first half about adventures in Paris, on ships, and in the Arab cities of North Africa, Tarzan ends up, by ridiculous coincidence, near his jungle home, and so do a lot of other characters from the fir ...more
Mark Hodder
This second part of Tarzan’s first story starts with the apeman having lived for two years in Paris. He smokes cigarettes, drinks absinthe, and—during the first half of the novel—unwittingly finds himself involved with a married woman. Hardly what you’d expect if the only Tarzan you’re familiar with is the modern Disneyfied version. Unfortunately, Edgar Rice Burroughs missed a trick here. Tarzan in civilisation could have been satirical gold, instead, it turns out to be rather tedious, and the t ...more
Feb 09, 2016 Toastkat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Is This Racism?: Around the World Edition. The thing about Edgar Rice Burroughs is that he is a terrific writer when it comes to certain things; romance, adventure, and intrigue to say a few. However, those shining bits are the marshmellows to the breakfast cereal, and you have to get through the boring, gritty, flavorless filler to get to them. I was planning on reading all of the Tarzan books, to sate a curiosity and to say that I have, but I discovered that there are 21 Tarzan novels. Twenty- ...more
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