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Tarzan of the Apes

Tarzan of the Apes

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In 1888, in a makeshift cabin at the edge of the West African rainforest, a child is born to Lord and Lady Greystoke, a castaway English diplomat and his young wife. After the doomed couple dies, their infant son is raised by the she-ape Kala, who calls the boy Tarzan-"White-Skin" in the language of her tribe. As Tarzan reaches adulthood, his strength and agility, quickness of mind, and skill with his father's knife make him the most feared and respected creature in the jungle. But when he encounters others of his kind, including the beautiful Baltimore socialite Jane Porter, he embarks on a far-flung quest for his birthright-the ways of so-called civilized man.
Tarzan first appeared in 1912 in the pages of The All-Story magazine and immediately captured the imaginations of American readers young and old. His later triumphs in Hollywood, in comic strips, and on radio and television made him an international pop culture icon. On the occasion of his centenary, The Library of America invites readers to rediscover Tarzan of the Apes , the pulp classic by Edgar Rice Burroughs that gave the world the once and forever Lord of the Jungle.
Publisher: New York : Library of America : Distributed to the trade in the United States by Penguin Group (USA) Inc., c2012.
ISBN: 9781598531640
Branch Call Number: FIC BURROUGHS, EDGAR
Characteristics: xx, 403 p. ; 19 cm.
Additional Contributors: Mallon, Thomas 1951-


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Jan 11, 2020

Written in 1912, this classic has some racist aspects that will become apparent to the reader. If reading to young children, some discussion about the inappropriateness of some of Tarzan's actions will be necessary. However, the writing is exceptional and Burroughs writes well from both the male and female perspectives. There are some plot holes which will have to be glossed over. For example, the apes Burroughs describes raising Tarzan are not gorillas but a tree swinging species he made up. Also the deep love and sacrifice Professor Porter demonstrates for his daughter, Jane, seems to take a 180 at the end of the book. The ending is both satisfying and dissatisfying but this is the first of a series of 24 volumes and I am anxious to see if there is better resolution in the second book. I highly recommend this work.

Jul 19, 2019

I really enjoyed this book. I had previously read the entire John Carter series, which I absolutely adored. As a scifi junkie, I definitely prefer that series, but this was still a lot of fun. Fast-paced, lots of action, and a good old fashioned hero-no shades of gray, no being conflicted, just plain good. That was pretty refreshing.

Oct 01, 2018

This book was much different then I was expecting but I loved it! The story is even more unbelievable then the movie but it is so interesting. I thought it was well written and compelled me to keep reading. Overall, I would recommend this book for people who are looking for something different to read.

Dec 07, 2017

the difference between this tarzan, and that of the movies, is profound. " Quickly he ran to the cupboard and searched in the far recess of the lower shelf. Ah! He breathed a sigh of relief as he drew out the little tin box, and, opening it, found his greatest treasures undisturbed. The photograph of the smiling strong-faced young man, and the little black puzzle book were safe." " So they did not know that he was Tarzan of the Apes. He would tell them. In his tree he had constructed a rude shelter of leaves and boughs, beneath which, protected from the rain, he had placed the few treasures brought from the cabin. Among these were some pencils. He took one, and beneath Jane Porter's signature he wrote: I AM TARZAN OF THE APES. He thought that would be sufficient. Later he would return the letter to the cabin. In the matter of food, thought Tarzan, they had no need to worry---he would provide, and he did." " He was rapidly becoming impatient for her return, that he might feast his eyes upon her and be near her, perhaps touch her. The ape-man knew no god, but he was as near to worshipping his divinity as mortal man ever comes to worship. While he waited he passed the time printing a message to her; whether he intended giving it to her he himself could not have told, but he took infinite pleasure in seeing his thoughts expressed in print--in which he was not so uncivilized after all. He wrote: I AM TARZAN OF THE APES. I WANT YOU. I AM YOURS. YOU ARE MINE. WE LIVE HERE TOGETHER ALWAYS IN MY HOUSE. I WILL BRING YOU THE BEST OF FRUITS, THE TENDEREST DEER, THE FINEST MEATS THAT ROAM THE JUNGLE. I WILL HUNT FOR YOU. I AM THE GREATEST OF THE JUNGLE FIGHTERS. I WILL FIGHT FOR YOU. I AM THE MIGHTIEST FO THE JUNGLE FIGHTERS. YOU ARE JANE PORTER, I SAW IT IN YOUR LETTER. WHEN YOU SEE THIS YOU WILL KNOW TAHT IT IS FOR YOU AND THAT TARZAN FOF THE APES LOVES YOU." no 'me tarzan, you jane', there.

bibliosara Feb 10, 2017

In Tarzan of the Apes, our hero is brought to life. From birth to his introduction into civilization, we grow to know a man of epic moral stature. Tarzan battles his own animalistic tendencies, overcomes beasts of the jungle and the city alike, and pines for the love of the kind-hearted and fiery Jane Porter. Using such a unique perspective, Burroughs reintroduces us to the contradictions, appeals, and downfalls of humanity in all its diversity in the context of an adventurous tale destined to be one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time.
It is highly recommended to read at least the first three books.

Dec 29, 2011

I was thoroughly surprise at how captivating this book was. I've only known the Disney version of the book, so this version was definitely a surprise. The story brings you back to childhood and is a definite MUST READ!!


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Jun 04, 2013

" 'The could be but one suitable reply to your assertion, Mr. Clayton,' she said icily, 'and I regret that I am not a man, that I might make it.' She turned quickly and entered the cabin. Clayton was an Englishman, so the girl had passed quite out of sight before he deduced what reply a man would have made. 'Upon my word,' he said ruefully, 'she called me a liar. And I fancy I jolly well deserved it,' he added thoughtfully. "


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