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Back to the Stone Age: (#5) (Pellucidar Series) Mass Market Paperback – April 14, 1990

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Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875–1950) is the legendary author of dozens of novels, including Tarzan of the Apes, The Land That Time Forgot, and Pirates of Venus, the latter two available in Bison Books editions. Gary Dunham provides an introduction to this Bison Books edition.
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  • Series: Pellucidar Series (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 14, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345366719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345366719
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,878,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once again, ERB scores with a highly enjoyable read. If you're looking for great literature, skip Back to the Stone Age...or for that matter, virtually all of Burroughs' writing. However, if you appreciate pulp fiction from the first half of the 20th century, then it's hard to beat Edgar Rice Burroughs. Back to the Stone Age has all of his hallmarks: the incredible coincidences, the unique cultures and differing physical types of not-quite-human creatures, the extraordinary storytelling, and best of all, the hilarious insights into the human condition that ring true today. Here are some of my favorite passages from the book, regarding men and women and the timeless war between them:

"Wait until I get you," (Grum) screamed. "You'll wish you'd never been born."
Von Horst grinned as he featured the life that was in store for Horg should the Mammoth Man lose. Death would be sweeter.

Presently Grum came. Her little eyes were blood-shot, her frowzy hair at its frowziest. She was the personification of a stench, both morally and physically.
"Well," she said, "I guess Horg knows that he has a mate."
"Why did you beat him?" asked von Horst.
"You've got to start right with them," she explained. "If you give them the least little toe-hold you're lost, just as Mumal is."
He nodded in understanding of her philosophy; for, again, he had known women of the outer crust who were like her. Perhaps their technic was more refined, but their aim was identical. Marriage to them, meant a struggle for supremacy. It was a 50-50 proposition of their own devising--they took fifty and demanded the other fifty.

Burroughs went through a divorce about the same time this book was written, which may account for his rather jaded outlook on the bliss of married life. In any event, if you like ERB, put this one in your library.
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Even though it was clear by the time ERB wrote this, the Pellucidar books were starting to falter, I greatly enjoyed this book. I have a few reasons for this: One, Von Horst (or Von) is a likeable hero who isn't quite as gratuitously stupid as some of Burroughs' other heroes. For another, I just liked the spunky, matter-of-fact heroine, La-ja. She's easily one of ERB's best heroines despite being cast in the standard mold of such a character. While parts of the book seemed overdone (ie, the Mammoth Men portion), others were quite appealing(the Gorbuses, Von's living death in the trodon cave). For me then this was a satisfying read that more than paid off when in the end Von finally fought Gaz. Surely not among ERB's best but definitely far above his worst.
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I very much enjoyed this book by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It was in nice condition, and arrived quickly. I would certainly recommend it and the preceding books in the series.
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