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Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar Edgar Rice Burroughs Paperback – January 7, 2010
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There are things not to like about this book. Burroughs reuses a lot of ideas from other books and Tarzan was being increasingly tied down. The ape man should require two things, his knife and his loincloth and sometimes the loincloth is optional. Sadly Burroughs saddles him with a wife, a son, a house and a whole tribe of Afrikaners to manage. Thus he’s reduced to pillaging Opar to support his lifestyle. It’s once he gets the kerknockin’ on the noggin that things improve. The feral Tarzan is the cool Tarzan.Read more ›
The author is writing at the beginning of the 20th century, when much of the African continent was unknown. It is interesting to follow the workings of his mind, as he creates a series of interesting and unique civilizations for Tarzan and the reader to explore.
As part of the format, one knows that our hero will find himself in mortal peril, but will predictably always escape, allowing us to look forward to the next book in the series.
Available for free on Kindle, you can't go wrong at the price.
After finishing this book I came to the conclusion that this is ERB's version of the classic cursed gold stories of the Norse sagas, (Neibelugileid..if I spelled that right, or the Volsung saga. More modern times, Wagner's Ring Cycle, and Lord of the Rings.)
This book takes place of the course of one or two weeks, the time line is very very energy charged. Except for the few days where Tarzan has his amnesia and decides to loll about the jungle, no idea that he needs to save Jane.
Jane is pretty impressive in this book, she doesn't let herself be a complete damsel in distress, she makes several escape attempts and is remarkably tough when it comes to finding out that her husband is dead. (So she and many others think).
Of course she isn't the imperial seductress that La is designed to be. Who is a very interesting character to see in action, she is a spoiled child for the most part, who's only sympathy can be aroused when Tarzan is around.
None of the bad guys in this are cartoonish, they all have sympathetic moments and times when ERB gives us insight into their character.
I really enjoyed this book, I can't reccomend it highly enough and I really wish it was more widely available.
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The Tarzan books are classics but fairly predictable. Tarzan loves jungle. Tarzan gets domesticated. Tarzan returns to jungle.Published 1 month ago by Brian Schoenthaler
This book did not move as fast as the first four in the series. Other than this, Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar is a good read.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Product arrived on time, in excellent condition. Very satisfied.Published 5 months ago by L. Harrison
Tarzan is a great series. they are usually slow to start, but fast paced after you get into it. I love the entire series.Published 11 months ago by SCF
A true joy to read and truly takes me back to an earlier time of life.Published 11 months ago by winford