King Kong

King Kong Introduction by Greg BearPreface by Mark Cotta VazThe giant prehistoric gorilla King Kong is one of the most recognized images in our culture So great is the mighty Kong s hold on the popular imaginat

  • Title: King Kong
  • Author: Delos W. Lovelace Edgar Wallace Merian C. Cooper Greg Bear
  • ISBN: 9780345484963
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
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    Introduction by Greg BearPreface by Mark Cotta VazThe giant prehistoric gorilla King Kong is one of the most recognized images in our culture So great is the mighty Kong s hold on the popular imagination that his story a gripping yarn of man versus nature, coupled with a fantastical update of the Beauty and the Beast legend has been thrice made into a motion picture mostIntroduction by Greg BearPreface by Mark Cotta VazThe giant prehistoric gorilla King Kong is one of the most recognized images in our culture So great is the mighty Kong s hold on the popular imagination that his story a gripping yarn of man versus nature, coupled with a fantastical update of the Beauty and the Beast legend has been thrice made into a motion picture most recently in 2005 and referenced endlessly in every medium, from books to prime time sitcoms Beneath King Kong s cultural significance, however, is a tense and surprisingly tender story One cannot help but be frightened by Kong s uncontrollable fury, be saddened over the giant s capture, mistreatment, and exploitation by venal showmen, or sympathize with the beast s ill fated affection for the down on her luck starlet Ann Darrow This Modern Library edition of a true colossus among adventure stories is reprinted from the original 1932 novelization of the movie script, and includes a Preface by Mark Cotta Vaz, the preeminent biographer of Merian C Cooper, producer of the original 1933 classic film.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    • Jonathan Terrington says:

      It seems to me that classics tend to become classics for one of two reasons. The first being that they are incredibly well written novels that become examples of their craft. The second being that they may contain ideas which are universally relevant. I'm not suggesting that a classic cannot be both, for instance Pride and Prejudice is both a social commentary and beautifully written. Yet I believe that one of those two features dominates as to why it is remembered as a classic work of fiction.I [...]

    • Michael Fierce says:

      The most awesome cover of the many editions of King Kong. I picked up this paperback earlier in the year and probably have the finest quality edition in the world.And I paid less than $4 for it!Art by the great Frank Frazetta and a nice version of the story of Kong.Here's a cool variation of the cover.And another!And a wonderful tribute by Frank Cho!And one more by Frank Cho!And one last one by an unknown artist for the Bonga comic book!I guess Frank Frazetta must have been in love with Ann Darr [...]

    • Димитър Цолов says:

      Признавам си, че тук с мъка ударих дори най-ниската оценка в личната ми гуудрийдс класация. Накратко - дръжте далеч тази "книга" от себе си. Аз, уви, трябваше да се запозная с нея - все пак съм болен букинист, събиращ деветдесетарски неща, амаОще в началото на четивото (което има [...]

    • K.T. Katzmann says:

      It's money and adventure and fame! It's the thrill of a lifetime and a long sea voyage and . . me uncomfortable racism?Okay, King Kong should be pretty well spoilerized by now. Its ending is one of the most iconic scenes in cinema; I just saw it re-enacted in the Cars music video my daughter was watching. If you're reading this, and you haven't seen Kong go see the 1933 Kong. The only excuse to read the novel first is for the people back in 1932.So. Kong. Big ape on an island fights dinosaurs, 8 [...]

    • Joey says:

      Perhaps among the imaginary giant characters I am more familiar with, King Kong stands out among them. I can see his replicas in toy stores (And for sure you can even come across him in Universal Studios). I can play him on video games. I can read him in comics. I can see him making fun of children as a mascot at birthday parties. He could scare the living day lights out of me in a haunted house at an amusement park or even on Halloween day. Above all, he could make an antagonistic cameo appeara [...]

    • Martin Rondina says:

      No soy muy fanático de las novelizaciones, aunque esta, está bastante bien, es prácticamente la película de 1933 plasmada en el libro. Es una lectura bastante ágil, sin vueltas ni detalles pesados. De hecho peca un poco en este sentido, ya que me hubiese gustado que profundice un poco más en algunas cosas y que se tome ciertas libertades para hacer la historia un poco mas "completa". Aún así, es bastante entretenido y es una novelita que puede leerse solo en un par de días. Le bajo dos [...]

    • Russ says:

      Excellent. Although it’s a novelization, this book is an accomplishment unto itself. If read alongside Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World and Edgar Rice Burroughs’s The Land That Time Forgot, King Kong shoulders up with those classics. In terms of the cohesive, crisp storyline, and vivid descriptions, King Kong is better than The Land Time Forgot. In terms of sharply drawn characters like Denham and Kong himself, King Kong competes with The Lost World's marvelous Professor Challenger. Whe [...]

    • Gabriel Sloane says:

      I don't need to write a review because everyone knows that this was the greatest story of its time.

    • Ian Casey says:

      First of all, a note on editions. I have a slightly torn and worn copy of the 1976 hardcover released to coincide with the De Laurentiis film remake. It features a number of new black and white illustrations (the artist's name is not given), which have a hand-drawn, pen-and-paper feel though they're rather primitively printed. Frankly they're a bit rubbish but they add some interest at least.I also have an abysmally awful 2014 ebook version from 'Perfect Commando Productions' which at time of wr [...]

    • Kooshmeister says:

      Without doubt, this is one of the finest movie novelizations ever written. In a genre of literature that is so often a cash grab in modern times, 1932's King Kong by mystery writer Delos W. Lovelace is a cut above the rest.If you've seen the movie, you know the story: reckless film director Denham has a map to a lost island, and he wants to go and film a movie there. Bowing to public pressure to have a female love interest, he hires out of work Ann Darrow, and they set off for the island aboard [...]

    • Ruben Vanmaelsaeke says:

      Ik zal eerlijk zijn en zeggen dat ik de herfilming van King Kong veel leuker vond dan dit boek. Het verhaal in de herfilming vond ik veel passender dan dit. Toch bleef het boek leuk om te lezen, daarom gaf ik het toch nog 3/5. De schrijfstijl van de vertaling van Edgar's werk vond ik soms niet op alle momenten even geslaagd, maar ik heb al veel erger gelezen ;) Het boek is zeker niet langdradig, er is genoeg variatie bij de gebeurtenissen. Dit boek valt natuurlijk onder het thema sciencefiction, [...]

    • Ken says:

      I have a new rule: read the novelization *first*, then watch the movie. Regardless, as this book was written off advance scripts of the movie, it does differ in some areas, notably the horrid spiders at the bottom of the ravine and a shortened Manhatten ending. Taken on its own, this is quite the adventure yarn. Skull Island, with its dinosaurs, tar pits, giant creatures of all kinds, and ruins of an older civilization, is of course an awesome D&D campaign setting, one I'm not sure Isle of t [...]

    • Aaron says:

      One of my favorite movies retold and remade over and over. "Deep horror" (term coined by Brian Kaufman) wherein the thing one holds most dear, most cherished, is the very thing which destroys one (emotionally, spiritually, physically or any combination there of).This novelization of the original movie is ham-fisted at best. "Beauty and the Beast" is hammered and hammered and hammered at the reader in almost every chapter. There are some poetic moments and the characterizations are done well enou [...]

    • Charles says:

      It was well written. I got a little bored toward the end, but only because I knew exactly what was going to happen from the movie. the ending seemed a touch rushed as well, but overall it was a decent read.

    • Ronald says:

      possibly read in winter 1968

    • Jorden says:

      It was a fun, easy read. I didn't really expect much, being as how the book was written based-off of the movie. It seemed to follow pretty closely to the original movie, as far as I can remember the movie being. It wasn't a very deep or complex story. There wasn't much depth to any of the characters or even really to the plot. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it, but if your looking for a short easy read with a little bit of excitement/adventure you might enjoy this.

    • Wes K. says:

      A decent enough film-to-book novelization, this novel loses much of the visual spectacle that made the original Kong such a treat but gains deeper characterization. It's unfortunate that the period's racism and sexism are still present, but at least Lovelace attempts to contextualize this as a product of the times rather than an absolute truth.

    • Matthew says:

      This novelization is far better than any of the films I've seen. It is compact with plenty of action and suspense. There is an interesting preface on the story's creators that makes you long for film makers who actually had adventures, not just imagine them.

    • Aubrey says:

      A quick peek back at the 1950s. I read it to put the current movie in context. I appreciate how Kong: Skull Island was able to include major elements of this storyline but make it modern. The new movie feels true to the Kong story without feeling like a copy.

    • Jack Phoenix says:

      Short and to the point, Lovelace's novelization (one of the premier movie novelizations to exist) does not add much to the story in the original film, but is still a swift, solid read with some literary quality.

    • Andrew Gartman says:

      pretty good

    • Hannah says:

      I love a good cryptid, but this story really shows its age and wasn't for me. I know it's a product of when it was written, but I couldn't get past the racism and sexism oozing from every page. The pathetic damsel in distress, primitive "natives", "lingo" and so on. I was hoping the interviews with science fiction writers at the end would discuss how this novelization holds up in a more modern context, but basically all they did was talk about how great the movie is.Of course, I would listen to [...]

    • Paula Figueira says:

      I think this is an easy book to read, not to big and wihout difficult language. I think some facts should be more explored like the romance between Ann and Jack, the true intentions of Kong about Ann or some more facts about the tribe of the island. Despite this, I think it's a good book, with nice action scenes and definitly a good classic you should to read.

    • Ross Vincent says:

      The book seemed to have fallen apart at the end - the last 15-20 pages dealt with the capture of Kong, glossed over the shipping him to America, his rampage on stage under the bright lights & wanting to save the girl, climb the Empire State Building, get shot up, fall and die.

    • Brian says:

      This is the novelization of the original film, first published in 1932 before the film's 1933 release. The terrific cover, by the way, was painted by Frank Frazetta for this 1976 Ace edition. Based on the text, it appears that author Delos W. Lovelace must have seen the film (parts of it at least) before writing the book, but he also includes at least one scene retained but marked out in the screenplay, so it isn't an exact replica. But it's pretty close.I don't read many novelizations. I think [...]

    • Anthony Luongo says:

      King Kong by Delos W. Lovelace was a book that I enjoyed reading. King Kong is a fictional character but it takes place right in the center of New York. There were many things that i enjoyed reading about and many things that i disliked while reading this. I also watched the movies created on this as well. The book had the same story as the movies but i thought they were very different. King Kong is an abnormally large gorilla that lives on an island along with dinosaurs and other animals and cr [...]

    • Neil says:

      This is a fun book to read [despite not having read it for many, many years] despite being quite dated. It is obviously a novelization of a classic movie, but it is still a fun story due to the "additional material" in the book that adds to the story. It moves at a fast pace; there never was much character development in the movie and neither is there much in the book. It has very little, if any "depth" to it; at the same time, I would not expect much "depth" to it, considering the nature of the [...]

    • Dakota Young says:

      Classic; easy to read. True to the story everyone knows. For a novel written over 80 years ago, the diction and syntax isn't complex or filled with century old jargon. The characters are iconic and the action is satisfying."It was beauty. As always. Beauty killed the beast."

    • Mochizuki says:

      This story is a classic no doubt. But, I was feeling like it was the classic up until the end. The pace is great from the moment the story begins to the most memorable moments on top of the Empire State Building! My only problem is that there was not more time being spent on keeping the excitement going during this gut-wrenching action when Kong is protecting Ann before the DRAMATIC FALL.Our fearless hero Driscoll is Awesome in a "Indiana Jones" way of saving Ann from the clutches of Kong. The s [...]

    • Gaberiel.Nuncio says:

      *I WOULD recommend the book to my friends because it,s awesome and adventurous . *My favorite part of the book was jumped thru the building . * I wish they made it more longer in the book.

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