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The Son of Tarzan (Tarzan #4)

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The story of Tarzan and Jane has delighted fans for a century. Their romantic/adventure stories are as much fun to read now as they were when they were first written. Edgar Rice Burroughs was born in 1875 in Chicago, Illinois. Although Burroughs wrote in many genres he is best known for creating the jungle hero Tarzan. Burroughs began writing for pulp fiction magazines and ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Book Jungle (first published 1916)
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Henry Avila
Opening scene: A small boat, is floating leisurely .On a stream in West Africa.The crew, in the vessel on the Ugambi River.Are tired, after struggling going up.They can relax, coming down. And letting the current take them. To their ship. The Marjorie W,anchored on the nearby,coast. Of the Atlantic Ocean.They were seeking valuable products. In the area.You can imagine. How startled the seamen are. Seeing a white man, emerging from the jungle.More skeleton than flesh and blood.Alexis Paulvitch, i ...more
Quentin Wallace
This one was a mixed bag. All of the Tarzan books require some suspension of disbelief, but this one kept pushing it. I have a feeling if a child was really tossed into the jungle, they would more than likely die pretty quickly. In these books, they instead learn how to talk with all of the animals and move through the trees like a monkey and fight like the greatest warriors on Earth. I didn't have as much of a problem with it in the first book, but then to have a repeat of it kinda stretches th ...more
East Bay J
Jul 24, 2008 East Bay J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
The fourth installment in Burrough’s Tarzan series finds young Jack Greystoke in the jungles of Africa via an attempt to return his father’s friend, Akut the ape, to his homeland. I’d say it’s every bit as good as its predecessors, even if the story has a remarkable resemblance to Tarzan Of The Apes. Burroughs has well perfected keeping an action yarn exciting and gripping and revels in descriptions of man, beast and nature. His theories on the hereditary nature of savagery are interesting and t ...more
Kristen Thorley
MY Favorite, more than the first, I think because of the little jungle man and the fact that there is a little jungle woman
Aug 15, 2011 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with the previous books in the series, “The Son of Tarzan” by Edgar Rice Burroughs is an improvement over the installments which came before. Originally published as a 6-part serial between December 4th, 1915 and January 8th, 1916, “The Son of Tarzan” introduces Tarzan’s son Jack (a.k.a. Korak) as a major character, as well as his wife Meriem.

The improvements are obvious over the earlier books, the plot is less transparent and more involved, and the dangers facing our heroes are a wider vari
Jan 25, 2009 Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 23, 2012 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the conclusion of the third Tarzan novel, 1914's "The Beasts of Tarzan," the Ape Man's archenemy, Nikolas Rokoff, lies dead (and 3/4 eaten!) beneath the fangs of Tarzan's panther ally, Sheeta. But Rokoff's lieutenant, the equally dastardly Alexis Paulvitch, manages to flee into the African wilderness to escape. Needing to know more, this reader wasted little time diving into book #4, "The Son of Tarzan." As it had been with the first two Tarzan sequels, "Son" initially appeared serially in ma ...more
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
This story follows Jack, the son of Tarzan, who is dissatisfied with his life in England's public schools, and longs to be living in the jungle. When circumstances push him to Africa, young Jack rises to the adventure and goes racing around the jungle as his father did before him. But will Jack ever find his parents again or even bother to return to civilization?

This book is exciting and fun to read! The action is non-stop and there's always some wild battle going on, or devious kidnappers thre
Jan 11, 2015 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading books 2 and 3, I find myself asking if perhaps Burroughs had someone helping him write book 4. The tone of the book feels different. The book is a good deal longer than the other two and the narrator sometimes insinuates himself into the story--which doesn't happen in books 2 and 3--like...I could tell you, but you'll find out soon enough, or I haven't seen him in a while but I'm sure he is just as big now. Several times I found myself wondering who was telling the story.

Again, we
This fourth installment in the Tarzan series follows Jack, the now teenage son of Tarzan and Jane, as he secretly travels back to the African jungle home of Akut the ape, gets stranded there, and becomes--like father, like son--a wild man of the jungle, known as Korak the Killer. While raiding a jungle village, he comes upon the young girl Meriem and rescues her from her abusive situation. She too adapts well to life in the jungle and it seems that Jack and Meriem are becoming the perfect match ...more
Mark Hodder
Nov 29, 2016 Mark Hodder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I’ve noticed that what there is of character development in the Tarzan series (it’s not a lot) seems to occur between the novels rather than in them. So here we find Tarzan and Jane living in London, apparently having been there for a decade since THE BEASTS OF TARZAN, and the jungle lord is much more the gentleman than we’ve ever witnessed before. Not that we witness a great deal of it here, because Tarzan has little more than a walk on part in this one. His son, Jack—who becomes Korak—is the p ...more
Sandra Visser
Unfortunately this book is mostly a rehash of the first novel with many of the same incidents. It might have thrilled readers with no familiarity with Africa but as someone who lives on the continent I found it quite tedious to read more of the same. I suppose Burroughs' readers expect jungle tales from a Tarzan book so he gave them what they wanted, but I was hoping for a bit of variety, as with The Return of Tarzan. I missed the growth Tarzan had gone through and was disappointed to be back wi ...more
Benjamin Thomas
This is the 4th installment of the Tarzan series and was originally published as a 6-part serial in 1915-1916. I tend to be a Burroughs fan in general having read all of the Barsoom series, and the lesser know Venus series and Pellucidar series back in my teens. And now, as an old dude, I like to revisit his material from time to time. Of course I tend to read it with an eye towards forgiveness and overlook all of the amazing coincidences and plot contrivances the Burroughs employs. I think you ...more
Through a series of strange events Tarzan's son, Jack, ends up back in the jungle alone with only an ape companion. The story is kind of Tarzan in reverse. Although raised as an Englishman Jack has no trouble surviving in the jungle seeming to have inherited all of his father's prowess, strength and agility and learning the language of the apes as easily as Tarzan taught himself to read and write English. However, his reversal to the wild apeman and his behavior that leads him to earn the name o ...more
Tyler Hill
Feb 19, 2016 Tyler Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was okay, although as I read more and more Tarzan I start to recognize the tropes of Burroughs's novels, and it's starting to wear on me, especially the way he does his cliffhangers. As a novel by itself, it's pretty good, no surprises in the prose or story. Not to be too spoiler-y, but halfway through the book Burroughs tries to disguise the identity of two people, but you can see who they are from a mile away. There's not a lot more to say honestly, once I get through the first 8 book ...more
Sep 13, 2008 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third of my three favorites of the Tarzan novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Korak, the son of Tarzan, finds himself transported to Africa alone with one of the great apes, where he grows to manhood. Many adventures ensue, and he becomes the equal of his famous father, and is eventually reunited with his parents, Tarzan and Jane.
Mar 25, 2009 Domi103 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tarzan and Jane continue their legacy through their son. Will he survive the jungle or not? Not quite as compelling as the first two books, and yet I have read it at least 5 times! Burroughs writing is so unique that you get stuck on having books that are written with this kind of structure.
Timothy Boyd
Feb 05, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though the Tarzan stories are over 60 years old they remain timeless. These books are fantastic reading. These books make all the movies and cartoons seem meaningless. Highly recommended
Aaron Rendahl
This one was _really_ similar to the first one, except -- wait for it -- it's Tarzan's son having adventures now! I think I'm done reading Tarzan for a while.
Rick Mackley
Mar 21, 2012 Rick Mackley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of all the Tarzan books this is by far my favorite. Just the interactions between Korak (Tarzan's Son) and Akut are fabulous. And the story is something that holds you spellbound in every page.
Jan 15, 2008 Rosemary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I own all the Tarzan books but this is the only one that I have three separate editions. My favorite is an early reprint with J. Allen St. John's black-and-white illustrations.
David Korinetz
This one is the best of the series. I read it twice when I was a teenager.
Jul 27, 2008 Charles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I have the Ballantine version of this. It's about Tarzan's son, who becomes Korak the Killer.
Feb 08, 2017 Emalee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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UGHHHH. Okay, this is a tough one. Caution: Spoiler Alert, read with care. Most of the way through this book I was so incredibly frustrated and aggravated that I almost quit reading it. Thank goodness I didn’t. The last 30 pages saved this entire novel, no the entire series, for me. The Son of Tarzan is so different from the first three tarzan books (which I love so much I may just re-read to get my tarzan fix...or go buy the next ones and pray they are better than this one.)


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Natalie Gamble
Another over the top fluff read. Probably time to take a break from Burroughs for a while before continuing on with the Tarzan saga.
John Lawson
Feb 28, 2017 John Lawson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
Tween son of Tarzan finds himself transported from London to the wilds of Africa because of contrivances. Learns the ways of the jungle on his own. Saves young girl from Arab kidnappers. Puberty ensues.

Yet another case where somehow a child lost in the jungles becomes more capable at survival than the natives born there. Must be his superior English genes.

Basically a rehash of the story of Tarzan. Meriam's introduction was a welcome change, but the book quickly becomes little more than just a se
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Matti Karjalainen
"Tarzanin poika" (Kirjayhtymä, 1990) on järjestyksessään neljäs viidakkomiehen seikkailuista kertova romaani, eikä yhtään hassumpi sellainen. Tarzanin pojan Jackin alias Korakin viidakkoelämään keskittyvä seikkailu pysyy hyvin koossa, vaikka onkin osin ennalta-arvattavissa, ja etenkin alkupuolella venyttää logiikan ja realismin rajoja uusiin ulottuvuuksiin.

Kirjallisuudentutkijat voisivat käyttää muutamia "Tarzanin pojan" kohtauksia malliesimerkkeinä siitä rasismista, joita Edgar Rice Burroughsin
Nov 01, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Son of Tarzan is definitely a worthy sequel to the stories of Tarzan. This book chronicles the adventures of young Jack Greystroke, who learns of his father's past after they encounter the ape Akut. A series of misfortunes leads to Jack going to the wilds of Africa where he grows into a warrior of the wild like his father. However Burroughs has cleverly integrated other plot twists into this story as during his life in the jungle Jack (or Korack as he comes to be known as) rescues a little g ...more
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