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The Return of Tarzan

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Book Overview: 

The novel picks up where Tarzan of the Apes left off. The ape man, feeling rootless in the wake of his noble sacrifice of his prospects of wedding Jane Porter, leaves America for Europe to visit his friend Paul d’Arnot. On the ship he becomes embroiled in the affairs of Countess Olga de Coude, her husband, Count Raoul de Coude, and two shady characters attempting to prey on them, Nikolas Rokoff and his henchman Alexis Paulvitch.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Then you are mistaken, monsieur," replied Tarzan. "You have no story for publication, have you, my dear Nikolas."

Rokoff looked up from his writing with an ugly scowl upon his face.

"No," he growled, "I have no story for publication—now."

"Nor ever, my dear Nikolas," and the reporter did not see the nasty light in the ape-man's eye; but Nikolas Rokoff did.

"Nor ever," he repeated hastily.

"It is too bad that monsieur has been troubled," said Tarzan, turning to the newspaper man. "I bid monsieur good evening," and he bowed the dapper young man out of the room, and closed the door in his face.

An hour later Tarzan, with a rather bulky manuscript in his coat pocket, turned at the door leading from Rokoff's room.

"Were I you I should leave France," he said, "for sooner or later I shall find an excuse to kill you that will not in any way compromise your sister."

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Community Reviews

As I read this book over the last few weeks, I remembered and recognized more and more parts of it --finally, including the ending-- and realized that I'd read it before as a kid. (Evidently, I did so after reading part of it at a friend's house; but had forgotten the title of what I'd read there, a

Essentially, this is the second half of Tarzan's origin story. At the end of Tarzan of the Apes, after rescuing Jane Porter from a forest fire in backwoods Wisconsin, Tarzan had concealed his identity as John Clayton, the true Lord Greystoke, so as not to interfere with Jane's professed intention to

"Raised as I have been, I see no worth in man or beast that is not theirs by virtue of their own mental or physical prowess."

The book #2 of Tarzan series is felt more like the missing part of the first book rather than a new journey. Don't get me wrong, because first one was amazing and one will not

The completion of the tale begun in Tarzan of the Apes. New characters are introduced. Tarzan finds a lost city, Opar, which may have been built by people from Atlantis before it sank. Pulp adventure at its best.

What I have written for my review of Tarzan of the Apes pretty much stands for Book 2 as well.

An escapist, superhero pulp fiction, very entertaining and chokeful of the false glories of colonialism and yet it does not shy away from the ugly side either and reads like it was the author's anticipator

Tarzan, grieving his beloved Jane who will soon marry another, sets off to visit France. Where of course he causes problems with Russian blackmailers, becomes a spy for the French government, and ends up back in Africa. There's lots of fighting, lots of yelling, lost cities are rediscovered, gold is

I'm pretty sure I gave Tarzan of the Apes 5 stars, so I have to give this one the same. It's really one, 2 part book. It is better in one way, much of Burroughs earlier seeming racism is gone. Otherwise, it is just a continuation of the basis for a story we've all come to know so well. It relies hea

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