I loved this book! It was wonderful. As a girl, I had always loved the brute masculinity that Tarzan, and later Jack, show so well, but at the same time I wished for a female with the same powers of cunning, speed, and courage. The addition of Meriem to the Tarzan tales was perfect. Now all the little girls introduced to the books have a person to role play and imagine being. The love story was also a great addition, for once Jack took to the jungle he needed his "Jane" and who better than a french Princess turned Arab waif turned jungle queen. This book is spectactular, and any Tarzan lover must read it!
This is the best of all the Tarzan books, and I've read them all, many in the original hardbacks. By this third book of the trilogy (Tarzan, Return of Tarzan, and Son of Tarzan), Burroughs seemed to have perfected the telling of the "civilized man becomes jungle beast" story, and had not yet began writing the fanciful but much less believable stories about strange lost treasures and civilizations. This book appealed to me more than the first two when I was a boy because I could imagine myself as Jack leaving civilization and learning to live in the jungle. I also liked the love story, and it has the best surprise conclusion of all the Tarzan books. I strongly recommend it.
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