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Introduction by Greg Bear
Preface by Mark Cotta Vaz

The 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.

著者について

Greg Bear is the author of more than twenty-five books, including Darwin’s Radio and Dead Lines. He has been awarded two Hugos and five Nebulas for his fiction.


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  • ペーパーバック: 192ページ
  • 出版社: Modern Library (2005/8/16)
  • 言語: 英語
  • ISBN-10: 081297493X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812974935
  • 発売日: 2005/8/16
  • 商品パッケージの寸法: 13.5 x 5.8 x 20.3 cm
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5つ星のうち 3.0 Why We Love Monsters 2013/8/7
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When I was a lad, I was told that the movie _King Kong_ (1932) was based upon a novel by Edgar Wallace, the thentime king of the pulp thriller writers. I would sometimes casually look for the novel in bibliographies of Wallace's novels, but I never found it listed. It was only many years later that I discovered the truth: There never was such a novel-- at least, not by Wallace.

Wallace _did_ co-author an early screenplay of the movie with Merian C. Cooper, the original creator of _King Kong_. Shortly after turning in the first draft of this screenplay, Wallace died suddenly of pneumonia in 1932. A more complete screenplay was done by James A. Creelman and Ruth Rose. By this time, very little of the Wallace storyline and characters had survived. Delos W. Lovelace was then hired to write the novelization of the movie for the then-princely sum of $600.00. He used various versions of the movie scripts for his raw material, but it is doubtful that he relied very much on any material by Wallace. Unlike most movie novelizations today, the book was released a year _before_ the movie. It was considered to be good publicity.

I rather expected to be disappointed when I read Lovelace's version of _King Kong_ (1932). I was pleasantly surprised. Lovelace tells his story in a brisk, no-nonsense style of writing. The action sequences are all well-handled, and the dialogue is snappy (if a touch old-fashioned). The characters are rounded just enough so that we can distinguish them from one another and identify with them. And then there is King Kong. He is one formidable beast:

Kong came lumbering up the slope, and at sight of the men on the log roared out and beat his chest. Stopping at a lightning-riven tree he placed Ann's unconscious form in a notch as high up as his great arms could reach and then lunged forward to attack this new enemy so unexpectedly appearing to threaten possession of his bright-haired prize. Still angry from his earlier fight with the tricerotops, he was doubly enraged now by the men. And at the further sight of the three-horned beast charging toward the ravine his rage broke all bounds. (94)

Loveless includes one scene in the novel that was cut from the movie on the grounds of being too strong for audience tastes. It is a scene in which Kong hurls hapless sailors to their deaths into a pit filled with giant spiders and lizards. Merian Cooper decided that this scene would be too much of a "show stopper" for audiences of the day after an initial preview. But it seems to work well enough in the book.

The ending of the novel is perhaps a little bit _too_ brisk, a little bit _too_ rushed. But all the basic elements are there, including Kong's famous epitaph.

I recommend the Modern Library Classics edition, which is handsomely bound and which contains excellent introductory material by Mark Cotta Vaz and Greg Bear. I can't quite bring myself to call the novel a real classic, but it is certainly no time-waster, either. Wallace couldn't have done better if he had written it himself.
5つ星のうち 4.0 A classic book from Merian c. Cooper 2016/8/18
投稿者 Amazon Customer - (Amazon.com)
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Based on the 1933 classic film King Kong this book met my expectations I read it in one shot then watched the 1933 film right afterwords. I would totally recommend it to Someone who is a fan of the King Kong.
5つ星のうち 5.0 Classic Film Reference 2015/1/11
投稿者 M. Anthony - (Amazon.com)
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Great copy of film novelization. Book in excellent condition.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Why can't we read this in English Class? 2010/12/28
投稿者 WarioLoaf - (Amazon.com)
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Its true, Im 18 right now and I have been reading this puppy like crazy. It goes into so much more depth, that its even BETTER then the 1933 cinema classic.

Some Notable differences:

The Spider Pit Scene is in tact

Instead of Kong wreaking mayhem on the streets of New York, he actually hops from building to building until he reaches the Empire State Building.

Kong climbs the empire state building at night

Why Cant we read this is English class?
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5つ星のうち 5.0 The Original King Kong A Real Page Turner! 2005/12/15
投稿者 Pip - (Amazon.com)
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I just finished reading the original "King Kong" novelization by Delos Lovelace, and I have to say it was very entertaining. Very similar to the 1933 film, the book takes the reader to Skull Island in the Southwest Pacific along with Carl Denham, Ann Darrow, and Jack Driscoll. Although Denham is looking to make a movie using Darrow as his starlet, they get more than they bargained for when they encounter Kong and the prehistoric inhabitants of the Skull Island jungle. Although some of the language in the book may seem somewhat dated, I thought the book was more entertaining than most of the books I've read recently. A real page turner as the phrase was originally intended. Probably influenced by Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World," "King Kong" is a story that will hold your interest all the way through. I give it 5 stars. And now to see the 2005 remake...
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