I really wanted to like this book knowing what a seminal place it has in fantasy/adventure. Yes, the book is a product of its time, but that excuse is just that. Huckleberry Finn is also a product of its time and an excellent book besides. This book is racist, sexist, and an environmental disaster. Overlook that and you get gaping plot holes and prose that ranges from natural to outrageously stilted. There's a halfway decent adventure story in there, but it's a slog getting through it.