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Tarzan the Terrible

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Book Overview: 

In the previous novel, during the early days of World War I, Tarzan discovered that his wife Jane was not killed in a fire set by German troops, but was in fact alive. In this novel two months have gone by and Tarzan is continuing to search for Jane. He has tracked her to a hidden valley called Pal-ul-don, which means "Land of Men." In Pal-ul-don Tarzan finds a real Jurassic Park filled with dinosaurs, notably the savage Triceratops-like Gryfs, which unlike their prehistoric counterparts are carnivorous. The lost valley is also home to two different races of tailed human-looking creatures, the Ho-don (hairless and white skinned) and the Waz-don (hairy and black-skinned). Tarzan befriends Ta-den, a Ho-don warrior, and Om-at, the Waz-don chief of the tribe of Kor-ul-ja. In this new world he becomes a captive but so impresses his captors with his accomplishments and skills that they name him Tarzan-Jad-Guru (Tarzan the Terrible), which is the name of the novel (Introduction by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .stantly toward the silent gorge where lurked the fearsome creatures of Pal-ul-don. And other eyes there were, eyes she did not see, but that saw her and watched her every move—fierce eyes, greedy eyes, cunning and cruel. They watched her, and a red tongue licked flabby, pendulous lips. They watched her, and a half-human brain laboriously evolved a brutish design.

As in her own Kor-ul-ja, the natural springs in the cliff had been developed by the long-dead builders of the caves so that fresh, pure water trickled now, as it had for ages, within easy access to the cave entrances. Her only difficulty would be in procuring food and for that she must take the risk at least once in two days, for she was sure that she could find fruits and tubers and perhaps small animals, birds, and eggs near the foot of the cliff, the last two, possibly, in the caves themselves. Thus might she live on here indefinitely. She felt now a certain sense of security imparted doub. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This might be the best of the Tarzan novels?

It begins as an immediate continuation of Tarzan the Untamed -- Tarzan, having discovered that Jane was not, in fact, killed by the German troops who razed the Greystoke estate at the beginning of the previous book, is tracking the last surviving German of

Tarzan the Terrible or just some terrible Tarzan? It was hard to decide, frankly. My opinion was largely based on what part of the book I was reading, as there were clearly some parts that were stronger than others.

Overall, I'd say this is a pretty soft conclusion to the "Finding Jane" storyline sta

"Things were as they had always been and would always be as they were."

Tarzan the Terrible, the 8th in the series is the second part of the Tarzan the Untamed. However, it was a little different world which the story unfolds that is completely different from any that we had seen before.

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Lots of good Tarzan stuff in here and even Jane gets a chance to shine.

I liked how not just Tarzan, but all the good guy characters (including Jane!) are pretty darn awesome.

I felt Burroughs got a little too cutesy with concealing the identity of the man with the rifle until the end; people who have read the rest of the series will know who it is immediately, first-tim

A fairly typical day in the life of Tarzan seems to go like this: (1) Scale a cliff with some new friends in search of a girl who recently fled an attacker; (2) fight and kill a lion that had menaced that girl. (3) fight single-handedly against 20 enemy warriors, taking out several before finally be

One of the more satisfying of the Tarzan novels, 'Tarzan the Terrible' shows Burroughs at his more imaginative as well as more humorous. The sly asides that largely went missing in 'Tarzan the Untamed' reappear here. 'Terrible' also shows Burroughs to some degree moving away from the racism of his e

By the time I finished this book I began to ask myself just how many times Jane can be kidnapped. This is number 8 in the series and I haven't read past 2, but it appears that a lot of water has passed under the bridge in the intervening books. Tarzan finds himself in a prehistoric corner of the jun

This was one of the more confusing Tarzan books to me. You end up with Tarzan caught between two ancient civilizations, which seems to happen a lot to him. There sure were a lot of lost civilizations in Africa around 100 years ago. Anyway, we have a prehistoric race complete with tails. Also, we hav

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