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Tarzan of the Apes (Tarzan, Bk 1)
Tarzan of the Apes - Tarzan, Bk 1
Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Unabridged classic adventure novel (1914) tells of an aristocratic English infant, abandoned on the death of his parents in the African jungle, who is reared by apes. Story includes riveting encounters with man-eating beasts, Tarzan’s love affair with the beautiful Jane Porter, buried treasure, much more. Original, exotic, highly readable.
ISBN-13: 9780486295701
ISBN-10: 0486295702
Publication Date: 4/14/1997
Pages: 224
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.

4.6 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Dover Publications
Book Type: Paperback
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KrayolaKidd avatar reviewed Tarzan of the Apes (Tarzan, Bk 1) on + 48 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This story is a must read for everyone. It should be on all School reading lists and every male born should read this book at least once in their lifetime. It is the greatest adventure of all time. I'd give it more stars if the scale permitted.
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annapi avatar reviewed Tarzan of the Apes (Tarzan, Bk 1) on + 334 more book reviews
Another book on Mount TBR finally gets read as I need this review for a raffle entry in Play Book Tag on Shelfari. John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, is left marooned by mutineers on the coast of Africa with his pregnant wife. They survive about a year, and their infant son is adopted by Kala the great ape after her own baby is killed. Tarzan is raised by the ape tribe and grows into a "noble savage". Where the story takes a major downturn for me is when he manages to teach himself to read by studying the primers and books left in the shelter his parents built. I can stomach that he learned the basic words and connected them with the labeled pictures in the books, and even teaches himself to write, but it's ludicrous that he eventually understands the rudiments of grammar enough to communicate with the white men he eventually meets, without any instruction whatsoever. Add to that Burroughs' notion that "nobility" and being a "gentleman" are inherited, so that Tarzan is able to overcome his savagery to treat Jane with restraint even as he considers her his mate. (Yeah, right.) Okay, so once the reader can swallow those distasteful pills, as well as the minor racial biases scattered throughout the book in the descriptions of the black Africans and the Negress who is Jane's servant (understandable considering the book was written in 1912), then this becomes quite an enjoyable and thrilling adventure to excite the imagination. It's easy to see how it morphed into the phenomenon it eventually became.
reviewed Tarzan of the Apes (Tarzan, Bk 1) on + 21 more book reviews
first book I read as a kid - great
reviewed Tarzan of the Apes (Tarzan, Bk 1) on + 296 more book reviews
This is the very first book of the Tarzan series. Anybody interested in any of the series should start with this one. I think it is nearly the best of the lot, anyway.
unholyblackdeath avatar reviewed Tarzan of the Apes (Tarzan, Bk 1) on + 57 more book reviews
Its considered a classic, so I had to read it. It was pretty good, but the ending was seriously lame. Jane is a teasing slut.

Plenty of hand to hand combat and primal fury. It could have been better IMO.


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