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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (29 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141036532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141036533
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.5 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"ÝBurroughs has¨ a gift very few writers of any kind possess: he can describe action vividly." --Gore Vidal

"From the Trade Paperback edition."

"[Burroughs has] a gift very few writers of any kind possess: he can describe action vividly." --Gore Vidal

[Burroughs has] a gift very few writers of any kind possess: he can describe action vividly. Gore Vidal" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Raised by a fierce she-ape of the tribe of Kerchak deep in the African jungle, the baby Tarzan grew to learn the secrets of the wild to survive--how to talk with animals, swing through trees, and fight against the great predators. He grew to the strength and courage of his fellow apes. And in time, his human intelligence promised him the kingship of the tribe. He became truly Lord of the Jungle.
Then civilized men entered the jungle, and Tarzan was forced to choose between two worlds.... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Most would claim to know the story of Tarzan, at least in outline. And many would quote the famous line `Me Tarzan, you Jane'. But don't be disappointed that the line does not appear in the original work for the book will not disappoint. It is one of the great stories of the early 20th Century and a novel of far more depth and excitement than one might expect.

It is the story of the young Lord Greystoke, named Tarzan when he is taken into the care of a pack of Apes after the death of both of his parents. The story follows Tarzan as he learns that he is different to the Apes and discovers his parents's possessions, still in their jungle cabin.. The connection is not made, however, and Tarzan wrestles throughout the novel with the internal conflict between the wild creature he has been raised to be and the human instincts which still run strong in him. Through an extraordinary sequence of coincidences Tarzan eventually comes into contact with other `white apes' like him and this is where his love affair with Miss Jane Porter begins.

Tarzan of the Apes is adventure at its best and its extraordinary popularity is testament to this. Everyone expects the story to include Tarzan swinging from vine to vine but how many would expect mutinies, eccentric professors, French detectives and buried treasure? Tarzan of the Apes will appeal to the wild spirit in everyone, whether it is the longing for the dangers of the jungle or the simplicity of his existence, his story is totally compelling. Burroughs ensures that each chapter continues with the pace and adventure of the previous and he tells the story with wit and style throughout.

The book is also an interesting study on racial attitudes of the time.
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I was familiar with the name Tarzan from 1945 onwards. Regular visits to our local cinema to see Tarzan/Johnny Weissmuller swinging through the trees was a joy. Weissmuller, to me, was Tarzan. He was a handsome, perfectly built athlete and was perfect for the extremely physical part. None of the actors who subsequently endeavoured to "ape" (sorry) his prowess came anywhere near matching him.

It is now 60 years since my introduction to Tarzan and I have only now got around to reading Edgar Rice Burroughs'original story. My advice to anyone reading this wonderful tale for the

first time is to put aside all ideas of current political correctness, and the flippant images portrayed on cinema screens e.g Cheetah the chimpanzee's comic antics. 'Tarzan of the Apes' is an engrossing account of Tarzan's early life, from birth to manhood. His upbringing by a tribe of apes is described in detail and the relevant kindness and savagery displayed by them is expertly described by the author.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a trip into the past.
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I won't repeat what the other reviewers have said but merely offer my opinion. It's been a great many years since I read this book and I thought I'd like to read it again so picked up this copy. As a result I'll be ordering the follow-up book. The first book ends with the story unresolved and though we all 'know' what happens it's a far different experience reading it - one I thoroughly recommend.
The only reason I'm not bestowing this book with five stars is that it is largely told as narration - not such a popular style now but quite acceptable for its day. Set this aside together with any racial regards or grievances, both towards humans and animals. This book is a product of a by-gone day. And if anyone is thinking that's all very well to say, as a woman I can honestly say that although Jane was probably one of our first true heroines there are times I wanted to slap her. I've never known women of any nationality to faint so much no matter what their race. She's undoubtedly brave but also in many ways a woman of those times. I also love animals but hey, this is set in a jungle. People hunted back then and Tarzan has to do his share of killing to survive. Take the book for what it is and enjoy!
The other comment I wanted to make is that I had forgotten what a mixture this book was. It's a 'boys-own' adventure that girls will also love. It's a love story. And it's got a great sense of humour! Some parts of this book are simply very funny. If you've seen Disney's version you might be surprised to know that Jane's father is pretty much presented as written. The characters are flawed, courageous and endearing, even though they can also be occasionally irritating. But if you want to truly ever 'know' Tarzan then read the originals.
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Ever since I was a child, I have watched films and series on the television of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. Some have been good and some not so good. Some, like those starring Johnny Weissmuller, were brilliant for their time; telling the story of the baby lost to the elements of the jungle and the mercy of the Apes.
Whatever film and TV programme makers have done in the past has been different in some way. The most memorable for me was the film version starring Christophe Lambert. Needless to say, I have been a fan of the story for the best part of my life. I have grown up with this as a pert of my existence.
However, I did not even know if what I was seeing on film, was in fact, close to the details in the book in any way, so when the chance came to buy the book, after watching the Disney version with my children, I jumped at the chance. Was I in for a shock when I read this one !!!
Sometimes, a film, like Lambert's film, shows graphic violence in order to get across a certain idea of the harshness of life in the jungle. The book though, is a different matter altogether. It is extremely descriptive of how the young Tarzan grows up, learning to hunt and kill for food. The description at times can change from beautiful [when describing the jungle] to brutal [when a killing takes place]. The idea is firmly planted in your mind of how man can change from kind and loving to merciless and murderous in a second, if provoked into survival.
At every turn, the book takes you through the joys and turmoil of his life. Most notable is the time he finds a book in the cabin built by his father and finds a lot of 'bugs', which the reader finds out are in fact, words on a page. He then teaches himself to read, but he cannot speak and language other than Ape.
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