Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Son of Tarzan

Written by: Edgar Rice Burroughs

First line: The long boat of the Marjorie W. was floating down the broad Ugambi with ebb tide and current.

Why you should read this book: While this series is increasingly ridiculous, there remains something terribly compelling about the law of the jungle, despite its inherent racism, sexism, and lack of understanding of reality. Ten years have passed between this volume and the previous, and although Jane has done her utmost to raise their son as a proper English lord, he will insist on obsessing about the wild. Through an unlikely set of circumstances, young Jack finds himself in Africa and soon transforms into a young lord of the jungle, where he can kill people with impunity and, for a time, exist in a state of perfect innocence.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You find safeguarding the purity of white women a rather tiresome topic.

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