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“[Burroughs has] a gift very few writers of any kind possess: he can describe action vividly.” —Gore Vidal --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Library of America; 1st edition (April 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598531646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598531640
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (555 customer reviews)
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Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) was a prodigy of imagination. He started his writer career quite late; his first work was published in 1912. From that point on a ceaseless flow of imaginary worlds & heroes poured from his pen: John Carter of Mars, Carson Napier of Venus, David Innes and Abner Perry on Pellucidar at Earth's center and the most famous of them all Tarzan of the Apes.

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.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Edgar Rice Burroughs started writing adventure novels nearly 90 years ago. The most famous of his characters is, or course, Tarzan. And this book is the one that got the Tarzan legacy started.
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.
Alan Holyoak
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Format: Paperback
I was very disappointed with the "edited" Townsend editions of the classic Tarzan novels which I had read as a kid. I bought the first 2 novels of the series in the Townsend editions for a young relative. I found that the Townsend editor had "updated" the original author's language for the modern reader, so although the plot was the same, it was a totally different read than the original stories I read in the paperback collection I had from the 1960/70's. Why fix what's not broken? Burroughs' original language was one of the unique aspects of his work that made the books interesting and his writings famous. Granted his style can be viewed as archaic these days, but he knew how to weave a spell-binding tale with his clever language, including the use of period-specific words, phrases and idioms which tied the stories to their historical setting. The novels were much better in the original. If you are a Tarzan aficionado, I would avoid the Townsend editions.
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It would be pointless to write a review of the actual story itself. After being in existence for 100 years, the story is well known and debates about the content would probably serve no purpose. However, do not base your knowledge and potential appreciation of this iconic novel upon any of the Tarzan movies: none of them come close to doing justice to Burroughs' work.
What I do want to comment upon is this edition. Republished by the Library of America, this hard bound book is a charming edition, reflecting the size and style of the original from the early 1900s. The layout and the typeset, I am assuming, are also from the original publishing time period and add to the enjoyment of reading this book again after 40 years. Coupled with a reasonable price, this book is a wonderful investment for your bookshelf.
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