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Son of Tarzan Mass Market Paperback – October 12, 1972

4.5 out of 5 stars 109 customer reviews
Book 4 of 24 in the Tarzan Series

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This book is a standard print version using a minimum of 10 point type in a 6 by 9 inch size and library bound. As with all Quiet Vision print books, it use a high grade, acid free paper for long life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Paulvitch still lived and sought vengeance against Tarzan. As part of his plot, he lured Tarzan's young son away from London. But the boy escaped, with the aid of the great ape Akut, and they fled to the savage African jungles where Tarzan had been reared.
There the civilized boy had to learn to meet the great beasts and face the dangers only his father had ever conquered. But he grew in time into Korak the Killer, almost as mighty as Tarzan. Korak found a friend in Meriem, whom he rescued from a raiding Arab band. Then he discovered that the dangers of the jungle were nothing compared to those devised by men . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; . edition (October 12, 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345227042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345227041
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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This, the third book in the Tarzan series, is one of my favorites. Tricked by one of Tarzan's arch-enemies into running away from home, Tarzan's son Jack finds himself banished to the deep jungle with only Akut, the giant age as a companion. As time goes by, Jack learns to cope with the jungle and transforms into Korak, a jungle lord who converses with apes and rides Tantor the bull elephant. Korak rescues a little Arab girl with a hidden background, and the two young people become fast companions of the wild. The action is constant, the plot convoluted but typical of the Tarzan series with never a dull moment. My only objection is the ending of the book. All is, of course, resolved, but it is so quickly done one cannot help wondering if Burroughs was up against a deadline. Nevertheless, it is quick, good reading!
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In the previous novel "The Beast of Tarzan," Jane and her infant son Jack were kidnapped by Tarzan's enemy Nikolas Rokoff and his henchman Alexis Paulvitch. Of course, Tarzan tracks down his wife and son and finally dispatches Rokoff. However, in this fourth Tarzan novel, "The Son of Tarzan," Edgar Rice Burroughs provides an adventure whose key point is: like father, like son. Paulvitch had survived the vengeance of Tarzan and now wants to even the score by luring young Jack Clayton away from London. However, his plan is foiled when Jack escapes with the help of Akut, the great ape. The pair flee to the same African jungle where Tarzan was raised a generation before. It there that young Jack Clayton establishes his own reputation as Korak the Killer. Not only does he find Korak find his own place in the jungle and amidst the great apes, he also rescues Meriem, a beautiful young woman, from a band of Arab raiders. Meriem turns out to be the daughter of Armand Jacot, a Foreign Legion Captain who is also the Prince de Cadrenet, and therefore a fitting mate for the son of Lord Greystoke.
On the one hand, "The Son of Tarzan" is a ERB adventure yarn that closely parallels many of the key elements of the original "Tarzan of the Apes." In that sense this is a fairly predictable story (almost from the moment we hear about "My Dear" we know who she will turn out to be in the end), but given all the speculation about what the Tarzan novels were saying about human society and evolution, it is interesting to note that we have the same relationship between "The Son of Tarzan" and the original "Tarzan of the Apes" that you find between Jack London's "White Fang" and "The Call of the Wild.
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SON OF TARZAN is the most action-packed, breathless adventure story of the four books in the Tarzan series I've read thus far. John Clayton, Jr, aka Korak "The Killer," leaps, literally, out of his bedroom window at the Greystoke manse and into a new world of danger, narrow escapes, and love.

There are so many twists and turns and incredible coincidences in this book, that you'll be forced to turn the pages as quickly as you can to keep up. And if you think, like I did before reading SON OF TARZAN, that Little (Future) Lord Greystoke would be like the child actor who played the part of "Boy" in those old Johnny Weismuller movies, you'll be thoroughly surprised that he is just as savage as his father was. Adopted by the Great Apes, he is given the name of Korak, which in ape grunt, means "The Killer." And a killer he definitely is.

You'll also be charmed by the little girl Korak rescues from her mean and brutal Arab father The Sheik. Meriem is her name, and she is one tough girl. She is also a character who grows up before your eyes and you'll take her to heart as she suffers loneliness, abuse, and a broken heart before and after she is saved from a fate worse than death by Korak.

I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it. 5 Stars
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This is one of the series of the Tarzan books written by this prolific author. The book is written in an easily readable style, and makes enjoyable pleasant, light reading.
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. In this particular novel, we also have the pleasure of following the adventures of the son of Tarzan
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.
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I like owning and re-reading these 60's Ballantine books. I am transported to the stories' locales as well as the many places I spent youthful hours reading and vicariously living with the creations of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Enjoy.
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Great read, though a little long. Of all the previous Tarzan books, this one is the least believable. That a son could develope his father's traits from growing up in the jungle is really pushing the marker. Just sit back and enjoy the adventure and interesting characters.
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