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Jungle Tales of Tarzan (1919)

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Series: Tarzan (6)

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A collection of short stories. ( )
  nx74defiant | Dec 25, 2017 |
Really liked this book. It gives a detailed view of Tarzan on a more personal level. Great read. ( )
  Spyderman58 | Sep 1, 2013 |
Review originally posted on my weblog here.

(I took care to give no obvious spoilers about the story)

Title: Jungle Tales of Tarzan (on Librarything)
Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Language: English
Series: Tarzan #6
Format: paperback (also available as free ebook here)
Pages: 183
Publisher: Standard Publications, Inc
Year published: original 1919, my edition 2008
ISBN number: 1605974536
Topic of the book: Tarzan's younger years in the jungle (short story collection)
Reason for reading: I'm reading the Tarzan series in order on paper, but as I didn't have #6 (in paper version), I skipped it because it's a collection of stories taking place during book 1. Now I got it on paper, so I'm reading it :)
Recommended: Yes, but you should have read at least the first Tarzan book (not only seen the Disney movie! There are too many references to things in the first book which don't appear in the Disney movie).

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No back cover text.

First paragraph of the first story, "Tarzan's First Love":
Teeka, stretched at luxurious ease in the shade of the tropical forest, presented, unquestionably, a most alluring picture of young, feminine loveliness. Or at least so thought Tarzan of the Apes, who squatted upon a low-swinging branch in a near-by tree and looked down upon her.

Comments on the first paragraph:
Teeka is another ape of the tribe Tarzan belongs to. The writing style is quite representative for the rest of the book.

1: Tarzan's First Love
Tarzan falls in love with one of the female apes in the tribe, Teeka, and has a rival as well. This story touches upon the problems of being different from the rest of the apes. As is common on the Tarzan books, a village of black people also appears in this book - but Tarzan doesn't see them as being the same as he is (though he knows they are also men and thus he studies them to learn about the ways of men), he thinks he is the only white man in existence. The author uses 'black' as a description (their skin colour is black and the Tarzan stories were written at the beginning of the 19th century so 'being politically correct' did not mean using different words for this topic) and as such I'm using it in my review as well.
2: The Capture of Tarzan
Tarzan saves Tantor (the elephant) from the blacks, but then gets captured himself.
3: The Fight for the Balu
'Balu' is the ape-word for baby - Teeka's baby ape. The story is about what happens when Tarzan wants to play with the baby - not really what I had expected!
4: The God of Tarzan
Tarzan learned to read from books left by his human parents, but here it is nicely explained that Tarzan didn't know how to pronounce the letters (so he gave them his own names). Interesting!
The main point of this story is that he kept coming across the word 'God' and wanted to find out who God was (because he had already gotten as far as deciding that it was a being). I thought the conclusion was interesting.
5: Tarzan and the Black Boy
As Teeka has her baby, Tarzan longs for one of his own as well - and thus kidnaps a black boy from the village. He wants to teach him language and skills to survive, but it doesn't go entirely as planned...
6: The Witch-Doctor Seeks Vengeance
A continuation of the previous story. Can't say much about it without spoiling story 5 :P
7: The End of Bukawai
The ending to this three-part story. Tarzan is not nice :P
8: The Lion
Tarzan makes a joke among the apes who don't know humor. Interesting story XD
9: The Nightmare
Tarzan didn't have dreams until he ate cooked elephant meat... The author thought it was because of the elephant meat, I think it was because of the cooked, because he got sick.
10: The Battle for Teeka
Interesting story about Tarzan finding some cilinders in the cabin his human parents built and Teeka who gets abducted by a bull of another ape tribe. Surprising ending!
11: A Jungle Joke
Tarzan is now fully grown and at the beginning of the story he cuts his hair (bob-length with bangs XD). The rest of the story is about a 'joke' with a lion and the blacks...
12: Tarzan Rescues the Moon
Lol, this story was funny!!

Writing style:
The sentences are not too difficult, though sometimes the sentence structure is not very common. The author sometimes talks directly to the reader, using "you" and "I", but most of the time he just tells Tarzan's story in third person.
I do like the writing style, it makes me want to read on.

Spelling errors/typos:
Missing " at the end of the sentence 'Momaya from the village of Mbonga, the chief.' (page 78, chapter 5)

I liked this book - reading about Tarzan in the jungle before he met other (non-black) humans is interesting, I think. It's quite different from the Disney movie, though easy to see what Disney based their Tarzan-story on. They just left out things that wouldn't be too suitable for a children's animated movie (and updated it a bit to the modern time even though the movie still takes place at the beginning of the 20th century).

Yes, I'd reread this book :)

Related links:
The ebook version.
  mene | May 21, 2012 |
A 'prequel" to the Tarzan tales, in which Tarzan's jungle adventures before his first meeting with white men are documented. Entertaining short stories which help illuminate the developing character of the ape-man. ( )
  burnit99 | Jan 1, 2007 |

Everybody’s favorite jungle boy wasn’t always an elegant English earl. In fact, in his younger days he was pretty much a wild man, frankly he was a real animal. I suppose that’s how it is when you live with a bunch of apes.
  DaveHardy | Dec 27, 2006 |
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Teeka, stretched at such luxurious ease in the shade of the tropical forest, presented, unquestionably, a most alluring picture of young, feminine loveliness.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345294785, Mass Market Paperback)

The sixth book of Tarzan, King of the Jungle.

This is actually a collection of several short stories all about the times when Tarzan was a young boy and a teenager being raised by the great apes. The young Tarzan was unlike the great apes who were his only companions and playmates. Theirs was a simple, savage life, filled with little but killing or being killed. But Tarzan had all of a normal boy's desire to learn. He had painfully taught himself to read from books left by his dead father. Now he sought to apply this book knowledge to the world around him. He sought for such things as the source of dreams and the whereabouts of God. And he searched for the love and affection that every human being needs. But he was alone in his struggles to grow and understand. The life of the jungle had no room for abstractions.

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In this collection of 12 short stories, Burroughs returns to Tarzan's early years providing new depth and detail to the Lord of the Jungle, during his time among the great apes. Having learned to read from his father's books, Tarzan seeks to apply his knowledge to the world around him and to learn more about life, death, dreams, God, love, and friendship. Tarzan challenges his best friend Taug, in a fight to the death, but then risks his life to save him; he has nightmares after eating rancid elephant meat only to awake and be faced with a live, man-eating gorilla; twice he sports a lion's skin to play a practical joke, but he doesn't always have the last laugh!… (more)

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