Synopses & Reviews
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, feel 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.
With Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson releasing his remake of King Kong in December 2005, this is a great time for Modern Library to revisit the original motion-picture novelization. It remains true to the earliest novel tied to the 1944 version of the classic film.
About the Author
Greg Bear (Introduction) 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.