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Tarl goes to the Barrens of Gor in search of one with whom he once shared Paga (Part 2)
Savages and Blood brothers are really one story. Savages contains more of Tarl's internal dialog, and marks a turning point in the character's mind. It can be very harsh to listen to, and if there is one novel up to this point that a reader may find objectionable, Savages is the one. Blood Brothers is somewhat less harsh. Tarl travels to the Barrens of Gor, one again without the approval of Priest King go-between, Samos of Port Kar. This area is inhabited by tribes of the "Red Savages" (remember this term is supposed to be translated Gorean) who permit very few white outsiders. There are a number of very memorable characters, and by the time one gets to Blood brothers, Tarl has begun to work out some of his long term internal issues. If one has followed him this far, the turning point in his internal dialog, told to us whether we want to hear it or not, is a welcome change. There are some lessons to be learned in Blood brothers that have nothing to do with Gor, Slavery, or Sexuality. The author lets some of his background come though here. I will not comment on his identity, he isn’t someone famous, and it is not secret. I mention this because I know that knowing the author’s real name, day job and education can be a spoiler for some readers. I'll insert this comment here too.
In the late 90's I was offered the opportunity to be a "go-for" assistant to Mr. Norman, but his wife (yes, wife...) became ill and he cancelled his lecture. I've always regretted this, but now I'm glad it didn't happen. He was going to speak on the subject of censorship. Tarl is speaking here, not Norman, and one must remember this. I'm read-reading the entire Saga again so that I can catch up where the series once ended (Magicians.) I have many issues with the subject matter, but that is how these books are intended. You haven’t read this far if you can’t cope with that. Things begin to change here, just a little, and just for Tarl really. Never forget Tarl is speaking, and he tells us everything that crosses his mind. Narrator Lister really brings this out, and I often missed this the first time I read the saga. These stories are all new to me for some reason, and many of my questions have already been answered. Blood brothers of Gor has the adventure that is missing from some of the Gor Novels, and that balance of "Tarl trying to justify his adopted worked to himself, Kajira Making and Gorean Kajira Philosophy" vr. “Tarl fighting the bad guys with interesting companions and beautiful brave women” works much better. Pay attention to some of what Tarl has to say in Blood Brothers, he may surprise you sometimes.
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