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Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar

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1916
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2017
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Adventure fiction
Fantasy fiction
Tarzan (Fictitious character) - Fiction
See 24
1 - Belgian and Arab
2 - On the Road to Opar
3 - The Call of the Jungle
4 - Prophecy and Fulfillment
5 - The Altar of the Flaming God
6 - The Arab Raid
7 - The Jewel-room of Opar
8 - The Escape From Opar
9 - The Theft of the Jewels
10 - Achmet Zek Sees the Jewels
11 - Tarzan Becomes a Beast Again
12 - La Seeks Vengeance
13 - Condemned to Torture and Death
14 - A Priestess but Yet a Woman
15 - The Flight of Werper
16 - Tarzan Again Leads the Mangani
17 - The Deadly Peril of Jane Clayton
18 - The Fight for the Treasure
19 - Jane Clayton and the Beasts of the Jungle
20 - Jane Clayton Again a Prisoner
21 - The Flight to the Jungle
22 - Tarzan Recovers His Reason
23 - A Night of Terror
24 - Home
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1936
Copyright ©, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., 1963
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Lieutenant Albert Werper had only the prestige of the name he had dishonored to thank for his narrow escape from being cashiered.
May contain spoilers
"Even in death he has made restitution - let his sins lie with his bones."
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Never before had La passed beyond the crumbling outer walls of Opar; but never before had need been so insistent. The sacred knife was gone! Handed down through countless ages it had come to her as a heritage and an insignia of her religious office and regal authority from some long–dead progenitor of lost and forgotten Atlantis. The loss of the crown jewels or the Great Seal of England could have brought no greater consternation to a British king than did the pilfering of the sacred knife bring to La, the Oparian, Queen and High Priestess of the degraded remnants of the oldest civilization upon earth. When Atlantis, with all her mighty cities and her cultivated fields and her great commerce and culture and riches sank into the sea long ages since, she took with her all but a handful of her colonists working the vast gold mines of Central Africa. From these and their degraded slaves and a later intermixture of the blood of the anthropoids sprung the gnarled men of Opar; but by some queer freak of fate, aided by natural selection, the old Atlantean strain had remained pure and undegraded in the females descended from a single princess of the royal house of Atlantis who had been in Opar at the time of the great catastrophe. Such was La.

Burning with white–hot anger was the High Priestess, her heart a seething, molten mass of hatred for Tarzan of the Apes. The zeal of the religious fanatic whose altar has been desecrated was triply enhanced by the rage of a woman scorned. Twice had she thrown her heart at the feet of the godlike ape–man and twice had she been repulsed. La knew that she was beautiful—and she was beautiful, not by the standards of prehistoric Atlantis alone, but by those of modern times was La physically a creature of perfection. Before Tarzan came that first time to Opar, La had never seen a human male other than the grotesque and knotted men of her clan. With one of these she must mate sooner or later that the direct line of high priestesses might not be broken, unless Fate should bring other men to Opar. Before Tarzan came upon his first visit, La had had no thought that such men as he existed, for she knew only her hideous little priests and the bulls of the tribe of great anthropoids that had dwelt from time immemorial in and about Opar, until they had come to be looked upon almost as equals by the Oparians. Among the legends of Opar were tales of godlike men of the olden time and of black men who had come more recently; but these latter had been enemies who killed and robbed. And, too, these legends always held forth the hope that some day that nameless continent from which their race had sprung, would rise once more out of the sea and with slaves at the long sweeps would send her carven, gold–picked galleys forth to succor the long–exiled colonists.

The coming of Tarzan had aroused within La's breast the wild hope that at last the fulfillment of this ancient prophecy was at hand; but more strongly still had it aroused the hot fires of love in a heart that never otherwise would have known the meaning of that all–consuming passion, for such a wondrous creature as La could never have felt love for any of the repulsive priests of Opar. Custom, duty and religious zeal might have commanded the union; but there could have been no love on La's part. She had grown to young womanhood a cold and heartless creature, daughter of a thousand other cold, heartless, beautiful women who had never known love. And so when love came to her it liberated all the pent passions of a thousand generations, transforming La into a pulsing, throbbing volcano of desire, and with desire thwarted this great force of love and gentleness and sacrifice was transmuted by its own fires into one of hatred and revenge.

 

Added: 19-May-2017
Last Updated: 19-Jun-2023

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 01-Nov-1963
Ballantine Books
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Date Issued:
Cir 01-Nov-1963
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Mass Market Paperback
Cover Price:
$0.50
Pages*:
158
Catalog ID:
U2005
Internal ID:
23255
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Printing:
2
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Credits:
Richard Powers  - Cover Artist
EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS

Ballantine Books made publishing history with the simultaneous publication of the first ten volumes in the Tarzan series of books by EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS.  The remaining twelve volumes are being published in their proper sequence.  All Ballantine editions are complete and unabridged, all are authorized: the following are available NOW:

1 TARZAN OF THE APES
2 THE RETURN OF TARZAN
3 THE BEASTS OF TARZAN
4 THE SON OF TARZAN
5 TARZAN & THE JEWELS OF OPAR
6 JUNGLE TALES OF TARZAN
7 TARZAN THE UNTAMED
8 TARZAN THE TERRIBLE
9 TARZAN & THE GOLDEN LION
10 TARZAN & THE ANT MEN
11 TARZAN, LORD OF THE JUNGLE
12 TARZAN & THE LOST EMPIRE

TARZAN 5 TARZAN AND THE JEWELS OF OPAR


Deep in the heart of Africa lies lost Opar - a fabulous city ruled by its magnificent High Priestess and run by a savage race that is half man, half beast.  Here Tarzan must go to re-coup his lost fortunes.  And here disaster strikes the mighty Lord of the Jungle.


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First Printing: July 1963
Second Printing: November 1963
 08-Jan-2009
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Date Issued:
08-Jan-2009
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Length:
6 hrs 49 min
Internal ID:
1750
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United States
Language:
English
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Sarah Jennings - Book Coordinator
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Ralph Snelson  - Narration
Paul Williams - Meta Coordinator
From librivox.org:

This is the fifth of Burrough's Tarzan novels.

Tarzan finds himself bereft of his fortune and resolves to return to the jewel-room of Opar, leaving Jane to face unexpected danger at home. (Summary written by Sarah Jennings.)
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 01-Jan-2014
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Date Issued:
Cir 01-Jan-2014
Format:
e-Book
Pages*:
271
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Internal ID:
1749
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ISBN:
Unknown
Country:
United States
Language:
English
From epubooks.com:

The fifth exciting adventure in the stories of Tarzan. In the forgotten city of Opar, stood the altars where the ancient city offered blood sacrifices for the Flaming God.Also there were vaults piled high with the gold destined for the fabled Lost Atlantis. And there La, the beautiful high priestess, still dreamed of Tarzan, who had escaped her knife before. Around her, the hideous priests vowed that he should never escape again. For now Tarzan was returning, and they were waiting for him. Tarzan planned to avoid La and the priests. But he could not avoid the earthquake that struck him down in the vaults and left him without memory of his wife or home - only with what memory he had had as a child among the savage apes who reared him.
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Author(s)

 Edgar Rice Burroughs
Birth: 01 Sep 1875 Chicago, Illinois, USA
Death: 19 Mar 1950 Encino, California, USA

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