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Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar (Tarzan #5)

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Here Tarzan returns to Opar, the source of the gold for lost Atlantis. Ages ago Atlantis sunk beneath the waves -- but the denizens of Opar still mine the gold of this lost colony. Tarzan, following greedy pair -- one Belgian, one Arab -- into the jungle, where they stumble into the lost city. Bad enough -- and then Tarzan injures his head in a fight and loses his memory. ...more
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Published August 12th 1984 by Ballantine Books (first published 1916)
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Henry Avila
Tarzan like many of us today.Needs a little cash.His businesses in England are.. .Let's say the cash flow is not in balance with the expenses.Just a minor temporary difficulty.No problem. The ape man knows where to get a ton of gold.The lost city of Opar. He has been inside the hidden citadel before.And the inhabitants don't seem to realize or care .How valuable the gold is.Not to mention the precious jewels, also.They are too busy with human sacrifices .The Gods must be satisfied.Only blood can ...more
Kurt Reichenbaugh
Jun 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulp
Perfect summer reading. Tarzan discovers he's broke, goes to Opar to loot it of some gold (they'll never miss it, he figures) but gets amnesia instead after a sudden earthquake. He's followed to Opar followed by murderous cad, Albert Werper, who is in cahoots with Achmet Zek, a roving Arab bandit who has his eyes on Jane. Also in the mix is La, high priestess of Opar, who has the hots for Tarzan when she's not the woman scorned. Tarzan reverts back to his savage self while Jane is in the fiendis ...more
Seth Kenlon
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is it. This is where the Tarzan series really gets going, for me. I guess for some Graystoke purists, this is probably the demise of Tarzan as a "serious work" because it basically becomes nonsense dime novel fiction from this point on, but to me, that's ERB at his best.

This book has everything; Tarzan returns to the lost city of Opar, meets a beautiful, alluring, and - of course - dangerous queen who falls in love with him, he gets amnesia, and Jane is in danger all the while. Fantastic ad
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is so much wrong with these books, but I am addicted to them. Tarzan, returning to Opar for more gold, suffers a nasty bump on the head during an earthquake, gets amnesia and reverts to his jungle past. This is not good for Jane who, in the meantime has been abducted once again and is waiting to be rescued by her forest-god. Mix in more man-eating lions, rites of human sacrifice, apes running around disguised as arab traders, shadowy figures slipping into tents with daggers in the night, e ...more
Quentin Wallace
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good Tarzan novel. Tarzan ran around with amnesia through much of this book, which is a plot device that I usually don't like. However, it was well done in this case and very much fit the story. You had evil bandits, an army deserter, and the usual dangerous jungle creatures.

If you enjoy jungle adventures, this would be a good one to pick up.
Benjamin Thomas
“However low a man may sink, honor and chivalry, has he ever possessed them, are never entirely eradicated from his character.”

This is the fifth novel in the Tarzan series and is usually considered one of the better ones. Tarzan once again returns to Opar, the source of the gold for lost colony of fabled Atlantis. He follows a Belgian and Arab into the jungle where they stumble upon the lost city. Unfortunately, Tarzan loses his memory after a fight and reverts to his more primitive self. I lost
Putting away Naked Lunch, I couldn't help myself but take down another Burroughs, Edgar Rice, and the only Tarzan book on my shelves, Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar. Did you know Tarzan's real name was John Clayton? I mean, we all knew he was Lord Greystoke; but even a Tarzan fan such as I, who, as a kid, ran around shirtless pretending to be Tarzan, did not know John Clayton. Johnny Weismuller, sure - but John Clayton, no. I also didn't know Tarzan craved the taste of hot blood. This is what mov ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, action
#5 in the Tarzan series. This 1916 series entry had two items which struck me as interesting because of connections to 1912 (recent at the time of writing) happenings. Author Burroughs uses titanic as an adjective meaning large but having connotations of the ocean liner sunk in 2012. He also refers to the ancestors of "Piltdown Man" swinging through the trees of England. The fossil known as Piltdown Man was discovered in England in 1912 and wasn't exposed as a hoax until 1953. After financial se ...more
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With this book we seem to go back to the formula. It feels a bit like Burroughs was being lead by the sales of books....okay, now I have to write another one....what can I have him do this time? Annnd a bit like daytime serials, he chose the amnesia gambit. Tarzan forgets that he is an English gentleman and returns to his days as a beast.

Perhaps the oddest thing about this book is the Keystone Cops feel of it. Every opportunity for Tarzan to miss running into Jane and having that reunion trigge
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, ebooks
Another great Tarzan adventure with all the main features you expect on this kind of book... this time Lord Greystoke returns to Opar to get some more gold from the natives (bad economy in England is ruining his business, so nothing better than steal a primitive tribe... not much has changed in the last century! :-) ) and meet again the female preacher that has a crush on him. When he's under the lost city of Opar a massive earthquake makes a rock bump his head, he gets a major case of amnesia a ...more
Sheryl Tribble
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always get cranky reading Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar when I hit the passage justifying Tarzan’s “theft” of the gold, quickly followed by the one on how “It was a woman’s love which kept Tarzan even to the semblance of civilization…” and how “In the clash of arms, in the battle for survival, amid hunger and death and danger, in the face of God as manifested in the display of Nature’s most terrible forces, is born all that is finest and best in the human heart and mind.” That idea that “the v ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To this point, possibly the weakest entry in the series.

While with Jane at his African estate, Tarzan gets a message that his business ventures back in England (whatever they may be) have taken a downturn, and he is suddenly broke.

"Ah ha!" thinks Tarzan. "I'll do what I did the first time around and enrich myself by stealing gold from the treasure vaults of the Lost City of Opar."

So Tarzan heads off to Opar to raid the treasure vaults. Meanwhile, Jane becomes the target of an Arab trader who'
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Tarzan and Jane have lost their vast fortune, so Tarzan journeys to Opar to plunder the treasure troves of that lost civilization. But his journey is perilous, and a treacherous friend brings ruin and betrayal that will bring down even strong Tarzan. Jane is left to defend herself against the marauding Arabs, and Tarzan will have to call once again on his animal friends of the jungle to save the day.

I always like the pace of a Burroughs novel. No frills or tangents, just straightforward action a
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Nice to get back to Opar, I'm somewhat interested in looking into Philip José Farmer's development of the city in his Khokarsa series, we'll see. I'm pretty sure I'll be trying to get to Tarzan Alive: A Definitive Biography of Lord Greystoke at some point, though.

In regards to this book, an interesting new tale but with many familiar plot devices. Some old characters (La, the Apemen, the Waziri, Mugambi, etc.) and some new ones (Achmet Zek, Werper) that are quite familiar, no doubt because of th
#19 from burroughs-edgar-rice for me...tarzan! time for some tarzan! ooga booga! and the jewels of opar! tarzan #5 kindle. 24 chapters story begins:

belgian and arab

lieutenant albert werper had only the prestige of the name he had dishonored to thank for his narrow escape from being cashiered. at first he had been humbly thankful, too, that they had sent him to this godforsaken congo post instead of court-martialing him, as he had so justly deserved; but now six months of the monotony, the frig
Chrystal Roe
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As good as ever

If you like topical vacations with a whole lot of excitement mixed in this story is for you. It is one of my favorite get aways.
Sekji Ani
Trying to relax more, reading some light pulpy reading!
Curtis Taylor
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very entertaining book.
Brooke Tallent
The storyline seemed to drone on and on but Burroughs' storytelling carried it through.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Faye Lui, Sophia
It was a good book. Some of the other Tarzan books become boring because they repeat. This one had some new ideas but also did have some repeating from other books in it. I rated it four stars because it repeated and sertain sections of the book were boring. I didn't rate it lower because it had some new ideas and those ideas made some sections of the book interesting.
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Last Ranger
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty Pebbles:

While this may not be the best Tarzan novel it's certainly the most typical! A lost city ruled over by a stunningly beautiful high-priestess, La, who see in Tarzan her only hope for love and happiness. Add an evil villain who will stop at nothing to acquire, not only Opar's gold but the priceless jewels that lay forgotten in a hidden anti chamber of The lost city. Enter Tarzan, who returns to Opar in search of the gold that La and her priests are also unaware of. Instead of a fort
So far my least favorite of the Tarzan series--Burroughs discovers the stale, generic plot, ho-hum.
Matti Karjalainen
Tarzan saa iskun päähänsä ja menettää muistinsa ollessaan noutamassa kultaharkkoja Oparin kaupungista. Se osoittautuu kohtalokkaaksi, sillä samaan aikaan petollisen belgialaisen sotilaskarkurin Albert Werperin ja kieron arabialaisen rosvopäällikön Ahmet Zekin johtamat joukot saapuvat Greystoken maatilalle pahat mielessään...

"Tarzan ja Oparin aarteet" (Karisto, 1945) on perusvarma viidakkoseikkailu, jossa ovat mukana kaikki sarjan peruselementit niin hyvässä kuin pahassakin. Lopussa paha saa palk
Zohar -
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar by Edgar Rice Burroughs is the fifth book the author written about Tarzan. As many other Tarzan stories it first appeared in a magazine and only later published as a book.

In The Son of Tarzan, the King of the Jungle discovered Opar, a legendary lost city which is the source of gold. Needing finances, Tarzan returns to enrich himself from their stockpiles. But Tarzan isn’t the only greedy human in the jungle, Albert Werper, a Belgian army officer is also there, secre
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit-general
This is the fifth volume in the Tarzan series and about equivalent in quality with the fourth. Tarzan himself continues to entertain, but much of the story's focus dwells on other characters, to the books detriment.

The story involves a Belgian soldier named Werper, on the run after killing his superior officer. He takes refuge at Tarzan's Waziri estate, where he happens to learn of the secret source of Tarzan's African wealth, the gold and jewels hidden in the lost city of Opar. After Tarzan is
Tommy Darby
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Joe Santoro
I've been on a Tarzan comic kick lately (I just love that Jungle art) and I figured it was time to read some of the originals... I've read some other ERB stuff (John Carter, and most recently the Mucker, which was great), so I pretty prepared for the style and language, but some of his writing ticks got to me here.... using 'the former' and 'the latter' after a sentence mentioning 2 characters was pretty annoying, for instance.

The story was about what one would expect, a bunch of fun jungle adve
Thom Swennes
The fortunes of Lord Graystoke, alias Tarzan of the Apes, have succumbed to circumstances in England and he is forced to return to an ancient treasure to make up his financial losses. Tarzan’s archenemy is in the form of Lieutenant Albert Werper, a Belgian army officer that has fled into the jungles of Central Africa after murdering a fellow officer. The vast treasure of Atlantis is compromised and through a freak accident Tarzan receives a blow to the head causing complete amnesia. Luckily the ...more
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