Tarzan: the Greystoke Legacy Paperback – Jul 26 2011
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Excellent book that revives the Tarzan character in a more realistic manner without taking away from the original books.
I do agree that D'arnot should have had a bigger part in the story to help Tarzan cope with civilization. He played a large and much needed roll in Tarzan's life. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
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Having had admitted that I have been a lifelong TARZAN fan it was with great expectations and excitement that I looked forward to this new installment given it was written in honor of the TARZANs 100th birthday.
This book is a very simplistic tale that reads like a bad B movie or TV show designed for children. I found it less than a retelling or a updating and more of an over simplification. I struggled to finish the book and hardly recognized the main character as the man that I once knew. It was hard to see Johnny's face this TARZAN, maybe George Clooney? I hope not. And this TARZAN treats his jungle animal's more as his pets than his equals. NUMA meant "lion" in the ERB books. In this book, NUMA is the name of a lion. And so it was throughout this book with SHEETA and TANTOR as well. Matching TARZAN up with a tribe of Gorillas instead of great apes of an unknown species is unforgiveable. I know these weren't mistakes, but this book so radically departs from the original it is almost impossible to believe that we are reading about the same man.
The story and revision does not do the main character justice and does nothing to bring him into the 21st century to a new generation of believers. I think in general the public has grown tired of this once magnificent character and this rendition will do nothing to change that whether it be child, teen or adult.
For me there will be no better TARZAN of the movies than Johnny Weissmuller and there will be no better author than ERB. I sincerely hope that this book and rendition of the character will not be the basis for another movie. I fear it will not do very well if it is. I am very disappointed and concerned that a great opportunity has been missed by the ERB dynasty.
After one hundred years the Edgar Rice Burrough's estate made a bold decision to reboot the entire franchise, and the result is a series of entertaining, fast-paced, action-packed adventures. Great for teens or anyone new to this iconic legend, and great for fans of the original works.