- Series: Tarzan the Classics
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey (September 30, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345408306
- ISBN-13: 978-0345408303
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,165,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tarzan: The Classics - The Beasts of Tarzan / The Son of Tarzan (2 in 1) Mass Market Paperback – September 30, 1996
From the Publisher
The first time I ever went to Tarzana, California, I walked down Ventura Boulevard, noticing that all of the buildings were really ugly. Then I arrive at my destination: a small house, set back from the street, with a beautiful tree shading the entire front yard. Inside, the air was cool and everything was polished wood, especially the incredible, gigantic desk. That's where he worked. It was awesome.
Edgar Rice Burroughs had a huge California ranch, and the land eventually became a town, named for Burroughs's most famous character. Burroughs created one of the few heroes everyone knows, and at that desk, he took Tarzan to exotic lands, had him face bizarre creatures and endless, exotic challenges. Those adventures spirit the reader away to a timeless time of action and heroism. And sitting in that office, I was a permanent convert. For me, and for countless others, the legend will never cease. And that's as it should be.
--Steve Saffel, Senior Editor
From the Inside Flap
F TARZAN <br>As the rich Lord Greystoke, Tarzan found himself the target of greedy, evil men. Stranded on a desert island, his wife and son kidnapped, Tarzan's plight seemed helpless. But with the help of Sheeta, the ferocious panther, and the great ape Akut, Tarzan crafted his escape with the giant Mugambi. Yet the trail of the kidnappers led deep into the interior--and it would take all of Tarzan's skills to reach his family in time.<br><br>THE SON OF TARZAN <br>Tarzan's young son narrowly escaped the wrath of his father's nemesis Paulvitch, and he was forced to flee into the savage African jungles where Tarzan himself had been reared. There the civilized boy would have to learn to face the great beasts and exotic dangers only his father had ever conquered. And as he became known as Korak the Killer--whose legend would rival that of Tarzan--he would learn that the dangers of the jungle were nothing compared to those devised by men . . .
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"Beasts of Tarzan" is one of the weakest of the first 4 Tarzan books. Luckily it is also one of the shortest. The best image I remember from this is the thought of a boat with apes and a panther cruising through the water.
"Son of Tarzan" hardly has Tarzan in it at all. Instead it focuses on his boy as he grows from a tween to a married man - spending most of that time in the African jungle. This is a great book, and the "love story" between Korak and Meriem is touching, and is better developed the that between Tarzan and Jane in the initial books. The book does, however, seem to have some of the more violent moments. Perhaps my only complaint was that the book seemed to drag on a bit at the end. Two-thirds of the way through it becomes fairly clear what is going to happen, however, a number of plot twists are thrown in there, dragging out the novel.
What I also find interesting is that the novels seem to be filled with many elements that I've seen in movies that have come out well after the Tarzan books. It seems that the influence of the books has been well felt in hollywood (even if not in the Tarzan movies themselves.)
In the copy I have, page 208 end in the middle of a word, while 209 starts a new paragraph. The story seems to still flow properly, but I'm wondering what is missing from the "printers error"
There is also a sort of poetic irony that Burroughs employs. Tarzan comes from the jungle into civilization, while his son goes from civilization to the jungle. While Tarzan grew up without any sort of guidance or moral direction, he is one of the most chivalrous, honorable, and genuinely good people that I've ever encountered in any book (save the bible.) The implication is that the jungle beasts are sometimes more noble and less cruel (albeit no more gentle) than humans who should know better. Indeed, when Jack and Meriem encounter other apes, baboons, or even people, they insist that they are Great Apes and not human (and are proud of the distinction). This is furthered by the fact that the most unlikely of people (as in the ugly, filthy cook on the ship which holds Jane hostage) sometimes are the most brave and good.
Overall, these two stories are great adventures that hold something deeper for anyone who cares to look.
These two books cap the first four in the Tarzan series and all four taken together should make anyone's 'must read' list. 5 stars to all 4.