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Tarzan of the Apes Hardcover – April 12, 2012
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Tarzan's world is Africa. But an extraordinary Africa populated with apes more intelligent than any known ones and in later adventures with a plethora "lost cities", "ant-men" or whatever suit ERB in order to deliver a fast paced adventure.
As other reviewers, of this same book in other editions, point out do not expect "politically correct" tales, they are the product of a society still torn by racial prejudices.
Another assumption that closely follows this is: "superior traits" are inherited directly and a Lord will always be a Lord no matter what the circumstances.
The reader may assume all this adventures occurs in an "alternate reality" that have some common traits with our world such as the ones depicted by Guy Gavriel Kay for example.
Now you'll be ready to enjoy the original story of Tarzan as it was delivered by ERB, free from Hollywood changes or comic's stereotypes.
A couple of English nobles are abandoned by a mutinous crew in the coast of Africa where they barely survive.
Adversity proves to be more than what they may endure and both die leaving an infant that is miraculously adopted by Kala an anthropoid that has lost her baby-ape.
Protected by her, Tarzan starts a life struggle to conquer a space among the over towering brutes.Read more ›
In this book you meet Tarzan, learn who he really is, where he came from, how he became lord of the apes and protector of the jungle, and the English Earl of Greystoke. You also learn the story behind the story about Tarzan and Jane.
I've been a Tarzan fan for nearly 20 years. I've been collecting Tarzan books (older ones) for the past 15 years. I've read nearly all the books in the series, and this one is probably the best. I'll be the first to admit that if you read a lot of Tarzan books back to back you will see a somewhat formulaic approach to some of the installments. This first book, however, is original, interesting, and immensely entertaining.
I encourage you to read the book that got it all started in 1914 -- the premis, the character, and the mystique that spawned numerous films, and other spin-off media, and a series of books that spanned publication dates from 1914 well into the 1940s.
Move over Indiana Jones and James Bond -- Tarzan is the real McCoy. He's strong, brave, modest, wise, and good. He's got the attributes that we could sure use in a hero today!
Give this book a look. You'll be glad you did. It's a book that you could enjoy reading to your children.
5 stars for story, character development, readability, and content. Is it a literary classic? Yes, in that it holds its own respected place among fictional literature. Will it ever will literary acclaim? I don't think that Joyce or Faulkner need to worry.
But, hey, it's a fun read! Give it a try.
The outline of the story told in Tarzan of the Apes--the first of what would be 24 Tarzan novels written by Burroughs--will be familiar. It begins with the story of Tarzan's parents, who were generously put ashore by a mutinous crew rather than killed, abandoned on an island that was inhabited only by wild beasts and cannibals. John Clayton is an Englishman's Englisman, brawny and brave and possessed of an innate nobility. His pregnant wife Alice strives to be a suitable companion to such a man. They survive in the jungle for a time, until their son is a year old, and then they both die from separate causes. Tarzan is adopted into a family of apes, where he eventually thrives because he is able to compensate for his physical shortcomings (compared to apes; compared to your average man he is a god) by employing his intellect. Tarzan teaches himself to read from the books he finds among his dead parents' possessions, and so he is able to communicate when the island is finally visited by Europeans, Jane Porter and her bumbling father, who've been marooned themselves. A romance ensues, which leads Tarzan to civilize himself and follow Jane to America.
One can complain that Tarzan is sexist and racist.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First time reading this book and truly impressed. Definitely not the Tarzan we've seen in the movies and elsewhere. Loved every page of this book.Published 10 days ago by john65
never having read the story from the author, I was surprised by the ending,,,so considering this I really enjoyed the story...Published 17 days ago by Richard Tozer
A classic. A bit politically incorrect but a product of over a century agoPublished 18 days ago by C. Seewer
fifty years later it's still a great story. The turn of the century dialogue ,the social interactions, great caricatures, and action make this an excellent read!Published 1 month ago by Joseph S Gerrick
A great classic which I think would still appeal to today's youth, but I believe the image of Tarzan created by Disney has obscured the great book behind it.Published 1 month ago by Eremis
Very exciting and brimming with the feel of another era. That one so intelligent and courageous should be so naive to the vagaries of the human condition.Published 2 months ago by larry