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The fifth installment of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Pellucidar series, Back to the Stone Age recounts the strange adventures of Lieutenant von Horst, a member of the original crew that sailed to Pellucidar with Jason Gridley and Tarzan who is left behind in the inner world. Von Horst wanders friendless and alone from one danger to the next among the Stone Age peoples, mighty reptiles, and huge animals that have been extinct on the outer crust for thousands of years. But woven among the tales of savage cave men in the country of the Basti, the hideous Gorbuses in the caverns beneath the Forest of Death, and the terrible Gaz is the story of the love this cultured hero feels for a barbarian slave girl who has spurned and discouraged him, working instead toward her own mysterious goal.
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Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875 – March 19, 1950) was an American author, best known for his creation of the jungle hero Tarzan, although he also produced works in many genres. Source: Wikipedia
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Back to the Stone Age based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This book held my interest till the end. If you have ever wondered how life would be in the stone age with the knowledge of the modern world, as well as modern tools, and weapons.
A young man is stranded in Pellucidar, the savage land at the earth's core.This is a fairly typical Burroughs offering. It features many of his usual tricks: a talented hero trapped in a strange land, an episodic plot, lots of action, a strange creature that befriends the hero, and an otherworldly young woman who seems to loathe the man who loves her. Essentially, it's A Princess of Mars in Pellucidar.Unfortunately, it's not nearly as good as Princess. It's fun, make no mistake, but it falls rather flat. The characters aren't too engaging. Burroughs's usually elegant prose, (always a bit more stilted when he's working in third person rather than first), doesn't add much to the tale. The episodic plot gets a little old after a while.On the bright side, this is largely a stand-alone story, despite its connection to the rest of the Pellucidar series. Other than two brief points at the very beginning and at the end, this has little to do with the core series of books. The world is fully fleshed out and is introduced in such a way that the reader can pick up everything she needs to know as the story progresses. There's no reason that you'd need to read the rest of the Pellucidar books before tackling this one... but really, I can't imagine why you'd want to jump in right here. This is far from ERB's best work. You'd be better off starting with Tarzan of the Apes, A Princess of Mars or, if you're really into journeys to the centre of the earth, At the Earth's Core.Recommended for hardcore ERB fans and those who've enjoyed the rest of the Pellucidar books. Others, look elsewhere in his bibliography for something of better quality.