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The Son of Tarzan

(Tarzan #4)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  4,513 ratings  ·  203 reviews
Alexis Paulvitch, one of Tarzan's enemies, wants to get even, so he draws Tarzan's son, Jack, away from London, but Jack isn't so easy to capture and kill. He escapes, and makes a home among the apes as his father did. He becomes known as Korak the Killer, and meets a lovely young woman named Meriem. Narrow escapes, fun action, and a definite sense of adventure in the wild ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published July 13th 2003 by Quiet Vision Pub (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 of the vessel ...but first the name of the waterway, the Ugambi River , ( sorry friends not spelled right in book) to continue are understandably tired, after struggling hard going up, the long journey seemed perpetual. 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 ...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
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
to: ERB

Dear ERB

Nope. Sorry. This fourth book of the Tarzan series didn't work for me.
The plot was absurd (as always) -- but this time it was on the side of absurdness where I don't feel comfortable.
Inventing convenient plot devices en passant is not the way to go, Mr. ERB! I wish you did some more planning. Really. You could do better than that!?
An elephantus ex machina saves the day? Multiple times?? Come on!
And what about these abductions of the same girl over and over aga
Scott Rhee
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“The Son of Tarzan”, Edgar Rice Burroughs’s fourth book in his popular series featuring the famous loin-cloth-clad-ape-man-who-discovers-he-is-a-wealthy-English-lord-but-still-likes-to-play-with-his-monkeys-in-the-jungle-with-his-woman-Jane, is a slight departure from the previous novels in that Tarzan himself only appears in about one-eighth of the story. Most of the story is devoted to Tarzan’s tween-age son, Jack.

In the book, via a crazy and unbelievable series of events (which is par for the
Tharindu Dissanayake
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
" The symptoms of happiness and anger are often similar "

Fourth book of the series brings an entirely different narrative. There are many similarities with the first installment yet, there are many differences too.

And I have to special credit to the author, yet again, for another astonishing ending.

"It is a characteristic of the weak and criminal to attribute to others the misfortunes that are the result of their own wickedness. "

Numa, and Sabor his mate, feast upon those who descend first and
East Bay J
Jul 24, 2008 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
Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the one that just breaks the timeline irredeemably.

So John Clayton, Lord Greystoke (Tarzan himself) was born in 1888 or 1889. He met Jane Porter 20 years later; let's call it 1908. Then they spent at least a year faffing around before finally tying the knot in The Return of Tarzan, meaning son Jack must've been born in 1910 at the earliest.

At the beginning of Son of Tarzan (first published in 1915), son Jack is about 10 years old. By the close of the book, he's more like 20. And in one o
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
Joe Santoro
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd been holding on to this for a while waiting to get a chance to read the DC Korak comics, and then I forgot I had it until the awesome Neal Adams cover jumped out at me from the to-read pile.

When I first discovered ERB and read the John Carter books, I kinda scoffed at Tarzan.. the various and sundry TV adaptations are all pretty silly, after all. I've since come around on him... Tarzan is a far more interesting under his creator's pen than any adapations, and it turns out to be the same cast
Cherise Boraski
Nov 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Overall this book was entriguing. Bringing in a female who lived like Tarzan brought in new perspectives and finally took the series away from the damsel in distress cliché. On top of that the twists and turns of the story were set up so nicely that you often did not see it coming while simultaneously being dissapointed in yourself for not picking up on it sooner. However, this is an older book that did not age well and there are many parts in it that are blatantly racist or show that Burroughs ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can imagine Burroughs’ original pulp audience waiting anxiously for each new installment of the Tarzan saga. It’s always exciting when the next generation of characters comes along, and Jack, the son of Jane and Tarzan, and his friend Meriem are lovable from their introductions. They have adventures worthy of their lineages and will be fun to follow as the series continues.
Abbigayle Grace
I read this a really long time ago (I think I was ten?). My grandma gave it to me, along with a few other dusty tomes. I haven't even seen a copy of it since then, but I remember enjoying the read, so I'm going to give it four stars. ...more
Aug 15, 2011 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
Oct 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, classics
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
Jan 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book made a comeback for the series!
Daniel Woodworth
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Is it good? No. Is it believable? No, Burroughs seems--and may actually have been, given his statements--to be one-upping his own risiculousness. Was it fun? Well...yes.
Kailey (Luminous Libro)
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 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
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
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
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
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Next to the original two volumes, this is far and away the best book in the Tarzan series. I love Korak and Meriem, especially Meriem who is a very strong character for the author's time. She isn't a wilting flower (I'm looking at you, Jane) but a tough little sprite who holds her own pretty well. She's no amazon or Tomb Raider archetype, but she is amazing for the time in which she was written.

To be fair, none of this book makes much sense, especially the idea that Korak could evolve from Jack
Feb 19, 2016 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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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.
Roman Kurys
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun fast paced read. I remember reading this when I was about 15 or 16 and this series made for some of my favorite reads ever. One of a very few books I read more then once...and reading it now...2 decades later I still think it's a fine piece of writing :) ...more
Jan 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
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Edgar Rice Burroughs was an American author, best known for his creation of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic John Carter, although he produced works in many genres.

Other books in the series

Tarzan (1 - 10 of 24 books)
  • Tarzan of the Apes (Tarzan, #1)
  • The Return of Tarzan (Tarzan, #2)
  • The Beasts of Tarzan (Tarzan, #3)
  • Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar (Tarzan #5)
  • Jungle Tales of Tarzan (Tarzan #6)
  • Tarzan the Untamed (Tarzan, #7)
  • Tarzan the Terrible (Tarzan, #8)
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