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Tarzan of the Apes Illustrated by [Edgar Rice Burroughs]
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Tarzan of the Apes Illustrated Kindle Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371 ratings
Book 1 of 14: Tarzan

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First published in 1914, Edgar Rice Burroughs's romance has lost little of its force over the years--as film revivals and TV series well attest. Tarzan of the Apes is very much a product of its age: replete with bloodthirsty natives and a bulky, swooning American Negress, and haunted by what zoo specialists now call charismatic megafauna (great beasts snarling, roaring, and stalking, most of whom would be out of place in a real African jungle). Burroughs countervails such incorrectness, however, with some rather unattractive representations of white civilization--mutinous, murderous sailors, effete aristos, self-involved academics, and hard-hearted cowards. At Tarzan's heart rightly lies the resourceful and hunky title character, a man increasingly torn between the civil and the savage, for whom cutlery will never be less than a nightmare.

The passages in which the nut-brown boy teaches himself to read and write are masterly and among the book's improbable, imaginative best. How tempting it is to adopt the ten-year-old's term for letters--"little bugs"! And the older Tarzan's realization that civilized "men were indeed more foolish and more cruel than the beasts of the jungle," while not exactly a new notion, is nonetheless potent. The first in Burroughs's serial is most enjoyable in its resounding oddities of word and thought, including the unforgettable "When Tarzan killed he more often smiled than scowled; and smiles are the foundation of beauty." --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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The first and best of the Tarzan novels, of which Edgar Rice Burroughs eventually wrote several dozen, "Tarzan of the Apes remains one of the signature stories of American popular literature, as readable as it is famous. Tarzan himself, in the words of Arthur C. Clarke, is "the best known character in the whole of fiction." As John Taliaferro asserts in his Introduction to this Modern Library Paperback Classic, "There is no question that ["Tarzan of the Apes] is one of the most entertaining and exemplary books of the last century. . . . [It] is not merely a story from a bygone era; it is a tale as old as time, and for all time, too." --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN : B07YXHCZ17
  • Publication date : October 9, 2019
  • Language: : English
  • File size : 714 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 322 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN : B08N3F323Q
  • Lending : Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Escapism at its best
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 25, 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true original
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Started Here
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Started Here
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 26, 2012
I think that like most people I first read this as a schoolboy, and come back to it through the years as I have grown up. Lets be honest and admit that it isn't perfect and has a number of 'problems', but as a good old adventure yarn that is an ideal piece of escapism, then you can't but not like this.

I think that everyone must know the basics of the tale, who Tarzan's parents were and how he was brought up. Edgar Rice Burroughs struck gold with this piece of fiction, writing many more Tarzan stories and causing a whole host of imitators to spring up because of its popularity. The quality of the stories do differ immensely though. Apart from one group of short stories this particular book and [[ASIN:B0083ZRJF8 Return of Tarzan]] are arguably the best.

If you have never read this before, then why not immerse yourself in a new world? Or if you have read it before, relax and take in the story again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic fiction, good reading.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 23, 2019
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