Tarzan the Terrible by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the eighth novel in the Tarzan series, continues the adventures of the Ape Man from Tarzan the Untamed during World War I (the novel was published in 1921).
- 226 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345287452
My rating for Tarzan the Terrible – 3
Tarzan the Terrible by Edgar Rice Burroughs should more accurately be called Tarzan the Untamed Part II. The story picks up from the point where Untamed has ended (read my post) but the reader is privy to a bit more information (I don’t think I’m spoiling anything when saying that Jane is … gasp … alive!)
It seemed that in this book Mr. Burroughs has came to admit that Jane will be Tarzan’s mate, she comes to her own, has a bit more spunk and even hunts a rabbit. Of course, our beloved protagonist is put through much agony, fights and daring escapes, as is only appropriate.
Even though there are still many more books in the series, it’s obvious that at this point the author is milking his successful formula for all its worth.
And you know what?
While I did not enjoy this book as some of the others, I still thought the novel was exciting and fun to read. Burroughs sets up the darkest regions of Africa to hold lost cities full with secrets, gold and … dinosaurs, not a bad setup for future novels.
Jane has been taken by Germans soldiers and Tarzan is frantically looking for her. The fact that they are English and World War I is raging doesn’t help. Tarzan stumbles upon Pal-ul-don (Land of Men) filled with strange humans and prehistoric animals.
Tarzan befriends Ta-den, a warrior of the Ho-don (a white and hairless race) and Om-at, a chief of the Waz-don (hair and black skinned) tribes. Tarzan impresses his friends / capturers so much that they name him Tarzan-Jad-Guru (Tarzan the Terrible). Lo and behold, Jane is also a captive at Pal-ul-don and is actually leading her incompetent German captors through the jungle.
Zohar — Man of la Book
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