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Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar Paperback – January 10, 2010

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From the Back Cover

Edgar Rice Burroughs created one of the most iconic figures in American pop culture, Tarzan of the Apes, and it is impossible to overstate his influence on entire genres of popular literature in the decades after his enormously winning pulp novels stormed the public's imagination.

Tarzan the Jewels of Opar, first published in 1918, is the fifth installment in Burroughs' tales of the ape-man, and is considered by devotees to be one of the best. Here, Tarzan journeys to the gold-mining city of Opar, steeped in myth and legend, to contend with greedy villains and the amorous attentions of La, the High Priestess of the Flaming God. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) is the creator of Tarzan, one of the most popular fictional characters of all time, and John Carter, hero of the Barsoom science fiction series. Burroughs was a prolific author, writing almost 70 books before his death in 1950, and was one of the first authors to popularize a character across multiple media, as he did with Tarzan s appearance in comic strips, movies, and merchandise. Residing in Hawaii at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941, Burroughs was drawn into the Second World War and became one of the oldest war correspondents at the time. Edgar Rice Burroughs s popularity continues to be memorialized through the community of Tarzana, California, which is named after the ranch he owned in the area, and through the Burrough crater on Mars, which was named in his honour. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450517234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450517232
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,901,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been trying to find the last few remaining books from the Tarzan series that I haven't read, so it was great to find this one. I wish the entire series would be made readily available. It's an entertaining and fun book, as are all the dozens of ERB books I've read. The simple tried and true formula of good versus evil, heroes versus dastardly villains, and exotic locations makes for a great story. Suitable for both adults and teens.
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‘Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar’ is the fifth Tarzan book and in my opinion better than the previous three. Tarzan gets into a bit of a financial scrape thanks to a bad investment and turns to his own personal piggy bank, the gold laden city of Opar, to replenish his coffers. It is a bit odd to me that our jungle man is raiding a city of gold but it’s not the only time he does it. So with his Waziri he heads out to pile up as much gold as his men can carry. Unfortunately back at the Greystoke compound a group of Arabs attack, kidnap Jane and kill most of the rest of the Waziri. Back In the city of Opar Tarzan is caught in an earthquake and gets a bonk on the head that causes him to lose his memory and revert back to his younger feral self, entirely forgetting Jane and his Waziri. He ends up saving a Belgian man named Albert Werper from a human sacrifice and it turns out Tarzan has retained the ability to speak French and English. Although allying himself with Tarzan, Werper is a traitor who was trailing Tarzan and works with the Arabs. The Belgian spots a huge cache of gems in a bag Tarzan is carrying and plots to steal them but fears crossing the now almost completely feral ape man.

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.
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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.
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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WHEN I WAS IN JR HIGH SCHOOL STARTED READING THE BURROUGHS BOOKS BUT SOME OF THEM WERE CENSORED BY THE SCHOOL LIBRARIES BECAUSE THEY WERE QUESTIONABLE MORALS. I PURCHASED MY OWN COPIES IN PAPERBACK TO READ AN UNCENCORED COPY. I THEN REREAD THEM WHEN I FINISHED MY LUNCH AND WAITED FOR MY NEXT CLASS TO START. LIKE THE TITLE AN OLD FRIEND. WHEN HOMELESS HAD TO SELL ALL THE BOOKS SO NOW I AM TRYING TO REBUILD MY LIBRARY AGAIN.
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This is a tour de force of action, adventure, the lure of treasure, trials and tribulations with Tarzan in the wilds of Africa. A tale that roars along like a runaway freight train, with more plot twists and hair-breadth escapes than you can count. Those who have grown weary reading ponderous tomes of made up worlds with wizards and the like should take a well deserved break and see how a real master of the genre gets the job done! Edgar Rice Burroughs gets his characters in and out of more scrapes in a single chapter than many of today's writers can manage in a hundred pages. This is Burroughs at his best.

Available for free on Kindle, you can't go wrong at the price.
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This addition to the Tarzan series has enough interesting twists and turns to made it worth reading but hardly to qualify it as a literary masterpiece. A couple of genuine bad guys as worthy opponents for Tarzan though, in the end, the only REAL threat to Tarzan is a blow to the head from a rock and a high priestess scorned. Tarzan must really love Jane because she is a LOT of trouble.
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I was completely sucked into this book from page one. It has been several years since I read the first four books in this series (tracking down this book proved problematic, to say the least).

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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