Just a few inches shorter than the smallest recorded midgets, the Minunians are not so tiny as to be completely unbelievable as if, say, they were six inches high. And there is nothing cute or elfin about them. They are heroic warriors with a strong code of honor, riding small antelope into battle, and Tarzan and the reader takes an immediate liking to them. Adding more tension is the nagging knowledge that at some point he will abruptly regain his normal size.. Making the best of things, Tarzan has a grand old time among the Minunians, befriending the Prince Komodoflorensal who was captured with him.
When he inevitably makes his near hopeless escape attempt, the Apeman is determined to also bring with them a slave girl who had been kind to them anything to make it more difficult. In a startling moment, Tarzan discovers that he has retained most of his normal strength and is now capable of bending thick steel bars and leaping effortlessly several times his own length. Remind anyone of a certain Virginian on Barsoom? Unfortunately not much is made of his new superhuman powers, and I wish Burroughs had cut back on the anti-feminist Alalus premise to instead show some spectacular scenes of Tarzan leaping over the charging army, strangling a wildcat as big proportionately as a lion, or fighting with a club as large as his body.
As it is, our hero is normally so overwheming that he hardly seems any different here. Doc Hermes. Tarzan And The Alali. Tarzan And Esteban Miranda. Tarzan And The Ant Men.
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The son of The First Woman raised his spear and with the heavy shaft struck the girl on the head, knocking her down, and he stood over her, himself snarling and scowling, menacing her with further punishment, while she cowered where she had fallen. He kicked her in the side. Slowly she crawled to her knees and embracing his legs, gazed up into his face with an expression of doglike adulation and devotion. Burroughs may have had many progressive views on religion and war but when it came to the Battle of the Sexes he was kind of a troglodyte.
Now Tarzan is usually depicted as completely chivalrous, usually helping women whether they be his enemy or foe, but when Tarzan again encounters his pupil towards the end of the book he learns how things have changed. Lucky for us we do not spend the bulk of the book with this race of mute savages, but in the cities of the Minunians. While hunting for some food Tarzan encounters a horde of diminutive warriors, riding tiny antelope, battling an Alalu she. When she refuses Tarzan kills her with an arrow. He had no knowledge of the situation he had blundered into, as a far as Tarzan knew that woman could have had every right to grab the little warrior.
Of course the person he rescued turns out to be the son of one of the Minuni kings. Tarzan is incredibly lucky when it comes to rescuing people; they are usually either royalty or at the very least the son or daughter of a local chieftain. Tarzan finds himself fairly impressed with the soldiers of Trohanadalmakus and the society they protect.
The perfect fighters, the perfect warriors, the perfect heroes these. Burroughs clearly admires the men who go off to fight battles, but not so much the men who send them to fight for unjust or corrupt reasons. What is interesting to note here is that all the Minunian cities have slaves, but Tarzan never takes a stance on slavery itself.
Hopefully, this book was just an unfortunate aberration and ERB will get back on track with more of the Tarzan I love in the volumes to follow. One of the worst Tarzan books by Burroughs and maybe a sign that he was starting to lose interest in his most successful creation.
Fortunately, he still had a few good ideas left for some of the later books. This one is only interesting for hardcore Tarzan fans, boring, ludicrous, an example of all the worst traits of so called pulp-fiction. Jun 12, Sarah rated it it was amazing. Edgar Rice Burroughs has an interesting story, always.
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This book is no exception. Tarzan learns to fly a plane, which crashes in an unknown land to him. He discovers new species of people, makes friends, makes enemies, and uses his wits and strength to get him out of his fix. Definitely a fun read. My only complaint is the names for the Ant Men are a total headache to read and remember.
Burroughs did predict our soy male generation with the Alali, making this prescient science fiction. View 2 comments. Probably one of my favorite Tarzan novels about his adventures among a tribe of inch high pygmies. Mar 28, Lydia rated it it was amazing.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really liked the Ant men that were small. And Tarzan turning tiny was brilliant! Tenth in the series. Unfortunately his curiosity causes him to crash. The Alalus, a matriarchal race of mute Neanderthals and the Ant Men, true pygmies who seem amazingly high tech for the time and place.
First, that diamond locket really leads a charmed life. But then a lot of stuff in these books have done so. They were all there the next morning. Must have been a stupid lion. But the surprise at the end was totally unexpected, but still a bit implausible. Apr 30, Kristen Coffin rated it it was ok Shelves: classics , bookstagram.
There's like A LOT going on here. There's not one, but TWO lost civilizations in this book. Good Lord, there's a lot of them here. Can't throw a stone without finding a new civilization, it seems. First there's a group of people where the women are all huge, brutish things - like the Amazons from Futurama, and the men are docile weaklings. Until Tarzan comes along. And the second it like something from Gulliver's Travels - the people are barely over a foot hi "Hope is a beautiful thing.
And the second it like something from Gulliver's Travels - the people are barely over a foot high, and the ride around on deer I'm honestly picturing Princess Mononoke here for some reason and there are thousands and thousands of them at war with one another. There's also Estaban, our Tarzan impersonator, back from captivity and wandering around.
There's amnesia, which happens more often than you would think. And Tarzan is shrunk down to a foot high, which is apparently a thing that can happen. The names are all literally insane. One of ERB's better books. Although scientifically impossible, the shrinking of Tarzan gives it a sci-fi spin. ERB was definitely a product of his times, and sometimes his attitudes about race seem more than a bit off-base, but You can see him evolving with the times. In this middle section of books, I am observing more social commentary - some very incisive thoughts are worked in to the mostly action-filled prose.
Tarzan flies solo in an airplane that crashes inside a thorn forest. Inside he encounters the Alali, a group of primitive humans, and beyond them the "ant men", a race of foot high humans living in two mutually hostile cities. Tarzan is captured by one of them and they have the technology to shrink him temporarily to their size and enslave him.
And so it goes Sep 08, Steven Wilson rated it liked it. More violent than some other entries, and the 6-and-7 syllable names make it a hard read. Still, some interesting development of the female dominated cave society.
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Nov 30, Addyson Huneke rated it it was amazing. Tarzan's a grandpa! John Clayton IV is really cute, although he only gets a few paragraphs and is referred to only as "Dackie. Of course he was going to get stranded in a part of the jungle hitherto unexplored because it is surrounded by an impassable thorn forest. Tarzan's double is in this one, too, and is under the delusion that he actually is Tarzan, but he isn't quite as annoying as before, although they even perform surg Tarzan's a grandpa! Tarzan's double is in this one, too, and is under the delusion that he actually is Tarzan, but he isn't quite as annoying as before, although they even perform surgery on him under the delusion that he's Tarzan and has lost his memory again.
Thankfully, the misunderstanding is cleared up at the end, and Tarzan gets his diamonds back, which is a plus. I really loved this one. Tarzan was enslaved! There were a couple scenes that kind of even reminded me of Half-Blood. And Tarzan was only eighteen inches tall! It was amazing.
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Quite amazing. Sep 28, Ed Wyrd rated it it was ok Shelves: erb. Took me well over a year to finish this. The story contained way too much backstory and interuptions for world building as ERB had to explain several different civilizations Tarzan runs into.
Made the story drag on terribly. Oct 11, Keith rated it liked it Shelves: fic-sf-myst-etc. Another good adventure with a lost civilization. Apr 10, Tony Santo rated it really liked it. Said to be the last of Tarzan's adventures where the narrative focuses solely on the the welfare of the main character, Tarzan and the Ant Men introduces more secondary characters whose lives are changed and effected due to their interaction with Tarzan. Tarzan experts claim this novel represents ERB at the height of his storytelling prowess and creativity, and a story structure that ERB would use in most subsequent Tarzan tales.
I could have used a little more action, and less of the description Said to be the last of Tarzan's adventures where the narrative focuses solely on the the welfare of the main character, Tarzan and the Ant Men introduces more secondary characters whose lives are changed and effected due to their interaction with Tarzan.
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I could have used a little more action, and less of the descriptions of the different tribes Tarzan encounters. ERB waxes a bit philosophic at times, with subtext commenting on the virtues of a society at war, the battle of the sexes, and the flaws of taxation. However, the author does some interesting "cross-cutting" between the main story and the sub-plot, that no doubt reminded me of filmic storytelling. In addtion, half the novel has a Barsoomian, John Carter flavor, as a shrunken Tarzan retains his full-sized strength among the Ant Men even though we get to see it used sparingly, which is probably for the best.
If you enjoy any of the Tarzan novels, you will probably find this entry satisfying and curious for more adventures. Reading this, as with any Tarzan novel, one can easily see how Holllywood fell in love with the Tarzan adventures. Mar 03, dragonhelmuk rated it it was ok.