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Tarzan Of The Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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Tarzan Of The Apes (original 1912; edition 2016)

by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Author)

Series: Tarzan (1)

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Adventure fiction. Abandoned to his fate when his English parents die in the African jungle, a baby boy is rescued and reared by a loving ape foster mother. Conquering the savage laws of the wilderness, Tarzan grows into a mighty warrior and becomes leader of his tribe of apes until he encounters, for the first time, his own kind - humans. An expedition of white treasure hunters has entered his jungle kingdom, accompanied by the beautiful Jane Porter. Tarzan's primitive heart is struck and he determines to become civilized in order to win her. But will the charms of this charming and cultured young woman overcome when the spirit of his wild nature beckons?… (more)
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Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1912)

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That was pretty good. A nice descriptive style at least to start with, it might have continued throughout but i just remember being surprised at the start.
The first half has some really nice action. The Jane character is handled fairly well, quite psycological at times and some nice sexual tension.
Yet for all that i still didn't rate it as high as [b:The Cave Girl|589899|The Cave Girl|Edgar Rice Burroughs|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1235190311s/589899.jpg|2715420] not sure why, maybe its just a surprise thing, and Burroughs is now a bit too familiar. Although this story is also certainly not without its flaws.
There's some pretty pointless comic relief thrown in the later sections, which feels particularly annoying when one of those characters turns out to be kind of a villain, unintentionally. Its Jar-Jar all over again. I'm talking ofcourse of janes dad . Also some of the social aspects later in the book seem more 1812 england as opposed to 1912 american.
There is some choppy editing too, and a bunch of side stories that you have to wade through to explain why various people have suddenly turned up. There must be better ways to introduce people than they show up and then spend 20 pages explaining their presence in pointless flashback.
But i think the main issue might be Supermansyndrome, by about half-way Tarzan has been made so powerful and unstoppable its just really hard to keep any tension in the story.

Possibly one of the more intelligently written of Burrough's tales but not the most fun.

Edit: Also its best to think of the apes in this as being descendants of ones from those new Planet of the Apes remakes having been transported back in time, because they are pretty much exactly as intelligent as those guys :) . ( )
  wreade1872 | Nov 28, 2021 |
Clearly a dated story. I cringed a few times throughout, but overall something I probably would have loved had I found it as a child. Still, I'm curious enough to pick up the next book since I only know Tarzan secondhand (never even seen a movie). ( )
  LeBleuUn | Nov 14, 2021 |
Reread.
  CMOBrien | Oct 18, 2021 |
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. Really fun read. ( )
  curious_squid | Apr 5, 2021 |
Read this a long long time ago. Though the style is stilted and the values of another era I will still say (out of memory's bank) that I really liked it. Not sure that I could read it again... Perhaps you need to be a teenager to enjoy it. ( )
  StephenKimber | Mar 5, 2021 |
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Tarzan's grief and anger were unbounded. He roared out his hideous challenge time and again. He beat upon his great chest with his clenched fists, and then he fell upon the body of Kala and sobbed out the pitiful sorrowing of his lonely heart. To lose the only creature in all one's world who ever had manifested love and affection for one, is a great bereavement indeed.
What though Kala was a fierce and hideous ape! To Tarzan she had been kind, she had been beautiful.
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Adventure fiction. Abandoned to his fate when his English parents die in the African jungle, a baby boy is rescued and reared by a loving ape foster mother. Conquering the savage laws of the wilderness, Tarzan grows into a mighty warrior and becomes leader of his tribe of apes until he encounters, for the first time, his own kind - humans. An expedition of white treasure hunters has entered his jungle kingdom, accompanied by the beautiful Jane Porter. Tarzan's primitive heart is struck and he determines to become civilized in order to win her. But will the charms of this charming and cultured young woman overcome when the spirit of his wild nature beckons?

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Friends with Tantor the
elephant. How can this be?
"Ask not," writes Edgar...
(LeBoeuf)
his parents both dead /
  he grew up in the jungle /
    then met a frenchman

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