The Son of Tarzan (Tarzan, #4)
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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 22nd 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
Dave
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...more
Mitchell
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J
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
Bonnie
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
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
Sandy
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
Greg
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.
Domi103
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.
Rick Mackley
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.
Rosemary
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.
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.
Charles
I have the Ballantine version of this. It's about Tarzan's son, who becomes Korak the Killer.
David Korinetz
This one is the best of the series. I read it twice when I was a teenager.
dragonhelmuk
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David
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
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...more
Tony
Burroughs, Edgar Rice. THE SON OF TARZAN. (n.d.; this edition 1963). ***. Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Ballantine Books came out with reprint editions of the Burrough’s books in the Tarzan series. I read the first three back then: “Tarzan of the Apes,” “The Return of Tarzan,” and “The Beasts of Tarzan.” The stories got progressively worse as the series went on and I quit. I stumbled upon several more of the series at a library sale and decided I try again. This adventure didn’t get an...more
Mike Jensen
Big and Better Little Books are cool, even when they contain such unpromising material as this. There are basically two problems. At his worst, and he usually was, Edgar Rich Burroughs was one of the least creative of creative writers. He really ran out of ideas for Tarzan stories after his second book, and began repeating himself. This book is in many ways a rehash of his first two Tarzan novels, Burroughs just switched out incidents so the same broad story outline would seem fresh. He switched...more
Phil
While "The Son of Tarzan" gets off to a promising start, the second half was disappointing compared to the previous books in the series. The title character, Jack/Korak, suffers from not being as interesting as his father. The books lacks a compelling antagonist as well, replacing the strong villain Rokoff with a small and continually rotating rogues gallery that appear small time by comparison.

There's a fair amount of jungle adventure to be had in this installment. Jack's adjustment to life in...more
Margot
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
Julia
Another enjoyable read, full of adventure and danger, but with so many situations that were terribly contrived that it was hard to suspend my inward commentary on them sometimes (such as trying hard to believe that a teenager brought up in civilization and then lost alone in the jungle would develop into as much of a natural ape-man as his father who had been brought up by apes from his toddler days). But the story is still great fun to read and creates a compelling desire to find out how it all...more
Christina
My favorite so far! I like the interactions and relationships.

One thing annoyed me. Tarzan was able to live a convincing jungle life because of the skills he developed being raised by apes - not because of the characteristics he inherited from his father. Those traits would not have been passed down to his son, Jack. If you can just let go of that fact and accept that Jack can inherit the amazing strength and jungle prowess his father developed, it's a great book.

Oh wait, another annoyance. You...more
Ailish
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Skyelr
Just finished rereading The Son of Tarzan with my son. He is too young to appreciate it now but I'm sure he'll love reading the Tarzan books when he's older.
Seth Kenlon
This book is like that slow, dead part of early morning just before the sunrise (the next book in the series, Jewels of Opar, being the sunrise). It's OK, and it totally works, but all in all it's one of my least favourites. It's largely about Tarzan's son, as the title implies, and it almost feels like ERB was about to do away with Tarzan and try to make this some kind of familial saga, like what Frank Herbert did with DUNE. No thank you, I do not want.

Happily, that's not what happened, and thi...more
Jimmie
Love in the jungle. Plus murder, kidnapping, poaching, treachery, and honor. And reunions.
Ira Livingston
I actually liked the 4th book, as it expanded the story to Tarzan's son.
Sean
"Negroes are tireless gossipers," the author observes in a moment where he uses a black character for something other than an ornament for his protagonist's knife point. Negroes gossip, Arabs are greedy, and an attractive woman has to be continually saved from rapists. That is what I learned from this, the worst Tarzan book I have read.
I am offended that this is regarded as a child's book, due to the constant racism. On top of that, the darn thing is boring and seems to refuse to end. I suffere...more
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