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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (1969)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000GOV2JI
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,487,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Richard Brzostek VINE VOICE on November 23, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"The Return of Tarzan" by Edgar Rice Burroughs is the second volume in the Tarzan series. First published in 1913, this book is a work of genius. There is something about Burroughs' writing that is captivating, and this book is no exception. "The Return of Tarzan" is a highly entertaining volume.
The book first starts with Tarzan on a ship going from New York to France. On this trip, he makes friends with a Countess and makes an enemy with her brother, a Russian. The Russian will attempt to cause Tarzan problems for the following months. After growing tired of France, Tarzan decides to return to Africa. However, his journey is beset with adventures in desert and wilderness.
The story leads to Tarzan finding Opar, the lost outpost of Atlantis, in the heart of Africa. Although both the men and women of Opar are white, the women retained their beauty, while the men are more ape-like in appearance. From here, there are more adventures and peril.
For great adventures, as you may have come to expect from Edgar Rice Burroughs, "The Return of Tarzan" will meet your needs.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mike Noga on July 24, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
That's not the whole story of course but it's an impressive part of it. Tarz renounces his family name,fortune and the woman he loves, giving it all to his cousin, and he does it all in Wisconsin! Yup, Wisconsin. Hurting from the ordeal, he heads off to Paris to forget about Jane. Wow, the Apeman in the City of Lights! So he spends time in Paris, almost has an affair with a Russian noblewoman, whups on her brother(an evil Russian spy), hangs out in art galleries and operas and eventually joins the French Secret Service out of boredom. All this is just the set-up for the rest of the novel. The book does seem to end too quickly but I think that has more to do with the serial/pulp nature of the story's publication deadline than any fault of the author. Tarzan and The Return of... are an entertaining 0ne-Two punch. Anyone who reads #1 should finish the experience by reading #2. I wish someone would make a film of this book, it's more interesting than the first one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dirk on August 19, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is, to my mind, the best of the Tarzan series. If you like "Raiders of the Lost Ark" then you'll love this sequel to "Tarzan of the Apes." Like "Raiders," "The Return" is chalk full of adventure. You name it, it's got it: desert adventure, ocean cruises, spy stuff, lost cities, beautiful women, Paris, jungle adventure (naturally), evil Russian villians, etc., etc. Okay, I admit that some of the coincidences in the story are quite unbelievable, but the writing and story are so captivating that you tend to pay it no mind. "The Return" is definitive proof of why Tarzan is perhaps the greatest adventure hero of all time! I would love to see this story made into a movie!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Larry Eischen on May 11, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Tarzan is back in an adventure more in tone with the remainder of the series than the original Tarzan novel. Sinister villains, lost races and beautiful priestesses are a mainstay of the series and this book introduces the best of all. Sinister villain-Nikolai Rokoff who would compromise his own sister's honor for money. Lost City-Opar, the remnant of sunken Atlantis. Beautiful priestess-La of Opar, who passionately chases our man Tarzan through several adventures.
Tarzan is marooned near his jungle home and gravitates from civilized man to savage man to ape man over the course of the story. His realization that not all Arabs are sneering villains and not all blacks are cannibalistic headhunters is a welcome relief from the stereotypes that are usual in the series.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DARBY KERN on December 3, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I was a kid (thirty years ago) my dad had an old beaten copy of this book that my three brothers and I readr, reread and probably took worse care of than we should have. I remember the cover vividly- Tarzan fighting a lion, but dressed in what would be considered traditional Arab garb. Every chapter had it's own illustration- THE TREASURE VAULTS OF OPAR featuring Tarzan leaping across a wide chasm!

I reread these books again in my teenage years and found this one to be my favorite. I think I enjoyed it even more than TARZAN OF THE APES.

The story begins with Tarzan crossing the Atlantic after leaving Jane and her family on a train platform in northern Wisconsin (a region of the world I call home) and meeting, not for the last time Rokoff and Paulvitch, two Russian spies who make it their life's goal to humiliate and destroy the Ape Man. Their first meeting includes Tarzan spoiling a plan to blackmail a Count and Countess who quickly become Tarzan's friends.

Later, in Paris, Rokoff and Paulvitch manipulate the Count into challenging Tarzan into a pistol duel, which Tarzan both wins and loses.

Tarzan arrives in Africa again later, ignominiously tossed off a liner by the two mad Russians. He swims ashore and is immediately in his element again.

Meanwhile, Jane and her father, along with Cecil Clayton (Jane's fiance') arrive ashore in Africa following a harrowing period on the ocean in a rowboat when their yacht founders.

Tarzan visits Opar, the fabled city of Atlantians where he dukes it out with savage men and the beautiful high priest, La.

How he and Jane reunite and Cecil's fate, as well as Tarzan claiming his birthright are all part of a story that you need to read to enjoy.
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