Tarzan of the Apes

Tarzan of the Apes

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by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Tarzan of the Apes tells the story of John Clayton, born in the western coastal jungles of equatorial Africa to a marooned couple from England, John and Alice (Rutherford) Clayton, Lord and Lady Greystoke. Adopted as an infant by the she-ape Kala after his parents died (his father is killed by the savage king ape Kerchak), Clayton is named 'Tarzan' ('White Skin' in…  See more details below


Tarzan of the Apes tells the story of John Clayton, born in the western coastal jungles of equatorial Africa to a marooned couple from England, John and Alice (Rutherford) Clayton, Lord and Lady Greystoke. Adopted as an infant by the she-ape Kala after his parents died (his father is killed by the savage king ape Kerchak), Clayton is named 'Tarzan' ('White Skin' in the ape language) and raised in ignorance of his human heritage.

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Tarzan of the Apes (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 3.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 220 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had seen some Tarzan films before I read this book. I wanted to read it to see how Burrough's vision differed from the diffrent films that chronicled Tarzan's origin. And, I must say that I was amazed at how rich and entertaining THIS FANTASTIC BOOK was. I so enjoyed it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to see this legendary character in his true splendor, or to anyone looking for a good read.
theokester More than 1 year ago
I think most people have at least a vague concept of the Tarzan story and its characters. There have been many official Tarzan movies over the years and many stories and other movies that refer to or borrow from the Tarzan mythos. To a large extent, I went into this first Tarzan book (there were over 20 books written) with a pretty good feel for what to expect from the storyline. Despite that, I found some unique elements that I didn't expect. The adventure story within the book is pretty much what I had expected from the movies and TV shows I'd seen. There were a few elements where movie-makers had taken some liberties (possibly with concepts from other books and sometimes to make things more "screen worthy" - such as "me tarzan, you jane" which never happens in the book). I actually found that the adventures of the book were pretty fun to read and kept the pace of the book moving rather well. The book dealt a lot with exploring the character of the characters and the concept of what makes a man. At some times, these sections of narrative were interesting and insightful. At other times, these segments felt poorly informed, assumptive and racist/misogynistic . Generally speaking, the negative aspects of character development distracted me from the positive workmanship to the point that I had a hard time placing any validity on any of the characters. Scientifically speaking, Tarzan's development in the wild is completely unbelievable and his later development of "human" traits is likewise unbelievable. Setting those concepts under the "suspension of disbelief" clause used in fiction, I then got hung up on the behavior of the animals and especially of the other humans. The Women are as helpless lumps of life with their main purpose in life being to provide something that man can provide for and save from hardship and peril. The Men are inconsistent and can either be heartless self-centered ingrates willing to hurt (or kill) anyone for their own advancement, well-intentioned heroes who are physically incompetent and unable to follow through, or complete idiots unfit to do anything productive at all. Tarzan is the only "true man" and as such he finds himself ostracized and unable to find a happy existence either in civilization or the jungle (though he definitely prefers the jungle). Despite not being a fan of the way the characters were portrayed or the way everyone interacted with each other, I still enjoyed the story and there's a part of me that wants to read some of the other books simply for the fun, fluffy enjoyment of wild adventures. Burroughs writing style was fluid and rich and provided for a quick and enjoyable read. This is a book worth reading for the fun of it and to look at its influence on the media and culture of the 100 years since it was written. 3 Stars
shelley1AL More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Tarzan of the Apes when I was a kid, I read it several times, and reading it again many decades later has been a delight. It's been a great escape. I appreciate B&N Classics Series, the great prices encourage me to revisit many classics I grew up with, and also read some great classics for the first time.
PureMagick More than 1 year ago
I very much believe this belong in every reader's library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book not long after the Disnesy movie Tarzan of the Apes came out and I must say that this book is one of the BEST I've ever read!!! I would definately recommend it to anyone who loves adventureous or romantic stories! Those are my favorite types of books. Tarzan of the Apes kept me always looking forward to reading the next page, always wondering what would happen to the characters next. There are so many twists and unexpected turns in the story that it always kept me interested. IT'S THE MOST AMAZING BOOK EVER!!
Wompus More than 1 year ago
Everyone knows the Tarzan story, right? Well, I thought I did but I didn't. This story was thoroughly engrossing and moves very, very fast. There are some uncomfortable themes (Burroughs' ethnocentric view towards other races, etc.), but I think it comes with the times in which it was written. The storylines are fantastic and leave you wanting to read the next chapter. Some parts are unbelievable (a man killing apes, lion, etc. or a man swinging through the trees carrying another person), but the escapism and adventure are thrilling. It was a fun read that I would definitley recommend.
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chinitaNJ More than 1 year ago
Very good book, my child love it!
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I never thoght I would like Tarzan of the Apes until I read A Princess of Mars. I liked it so much that I thought I would see what Tarzan was like, since it was written by the same auther. As soon as I picked it up, I couldn't put it down until I had finished it. Edgar Rice Borroughs was an incredibly imaginative writer and I can't wait to read his other books!
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Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Bur­roughs is the famous novel of the boy who was raised by simi­ans in the jun­gles of Africa. The book was first seri­al­ized in All-Story Mag­a­zine 1812 and pub­lished in 1814. John and Alice Clay­ton (Lord and Lady Greystoke) are aban­doned on the coast of Africa after a mutiny on their ship. They barely sur­vive but man­age to cre­ate a shel­ter and have a baby; how­ever they are no match to the jun­gle ani­mals who despise the strangers. Their infant though has been adopted by Kala, a female ape who recently lost her own son. Pro­tected by Kala, Tarzan (white skin) grows in a soci­ety filled with tow­er­ing brutes who won­der why the small white ape takes so long to grow up. A few weeks ago I put in a request to review Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell, the Tarzan story from the per­spec­tive of Jane (post com­ing next week). I then decided to re-read the orig­i­nal Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Bur­roughs to refresh my mem­ory has it has been decades since I read it first. I did not regret that deci­sion for a moment and can cer­tainly under­stand why Tarzan achieved a cult icon sta­tus. Bur­roughs wrote an excit­ing novel, mak­ing the unbe­liev­able seem some­what plau­si­ble in a story which tags on the read­ers’ imag­i­na­tion almost every page. The char­ac­ters, espe­cially that of Tarzan, are mas­ter­fully writ­ten, com­bin­ing intel­li­gence and wis­dom. We have grown up on a char­ac­ter of Tarzan who barely speaks, but in the book he is a com­plex char­ac­ter with intel­li­gence and brawn to match. The char­ac­ter is writ­ten with child­like inno­cence and alarm­ing vio­lence which in turn makes Tarzan an inter­est­ing and com­plex character. The begin­ning of the book deals mostly with Tarzan’s par­ents, John and Alice Clay­ton, who have found them­selves in the midst of a tragedy despite their best efforts. We are all used to sto­ries of hope, Bur­roughs played that angle won­der­fully, I still felt sad­dened by their untimely end which was sad and vio­lent despite know­ing of their demise ahead of time. Each chap­ter it seems is a new adven­ture in which Tarzan learns a new skill, whether it is to read or to use a weapon. Tarzan feels con­flicted between his iden­tity as a mem­ber of the ape soci­ety and his self taught skills which put him above a phys­i­cally supe­rior specimen. Tarzan, being a prod­uct of his upbring­ing, sees every­one as sub-human, includ­ing whites – until he meets Jane (and later D’Arnot). Tarzan feels the apes are intel­lec­tu­ally infe­rior, the natives are phys­i­cally infe­rior and the whites are morally substandard. We could learn a lot from Tarzan, who helps the inno­cent and help­less with­out sac­ri­fic­ing him­self or his goals. The pro­tag­o­nist does not need, nor does he under­stand, social approval or soci­ety pres­tige, he has enou
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I liked the book. But is hard to read with all the editing problems. I personly like the disney verison better. It has a petter mooral of the story. But thats just me.
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hndrsnsbks More than 1 year ago
If you have any interest in Tarzan and have never read the original, then you owe it to yourself to read "Tarzan of the Apes". The LoA edition is the best alternative to tracking down a first edition. My only regret is that it only tells the first half of the Tarzan story. In a just world, the LoA will publish the second half ("The Return of Tarzan") in due course.
GordonF More than 1 year ago
The first thing I notice is the first two thirds and last third of the book are nearly completely different voices of narrative. It's very hard to tell if that's on purpose. The book starts out with an overwhelmingly negative view of the female characters, even more so that other books of the time. They're little more than furniture for the men to move around. But the end Jane has attained not only a voice but an actual character. The book itself is excellent adventure of the wish-fulfillment variety, a power trip fantasy and possibly a raging against the modernization of the male psyche. Parts of it read a lot like heavy metal music, especially to a fourteen year old boy... Burroughs as certainly written better novels with less one dimensional characters, and this one tries a little too hard to match up to the late 19th century Adventure Novels. Very strong early pulp writing here.