Tarzan first came swinging through the jungle in the pages of a pulp-fiction magazine in 1912, and subsequently in the novel that went on to spawn numerous film and other adaptations. In its pages we find Tarzan's origins: how he is orphaned after his parents are marooned and killed on the coast of West Africa, and is adopted by an ape-mother. ...
Tarzan first came swinging through the jungle in the pages of a pulp-fiction magazine in 1912, and subsequently in the novel that went on to spawn numerous film and other adaptations. In its pages we find Tarzan's origins: how he is orphaned after his parents are marooned and killed on the coast of West Africa, and is adopted by an ape-mother. He grows up to become a model of physical strength and natural prowess, and eventually leader of his tribe. When he encounters a group of white Europeans, and rescues Jane Porter from a marauding ape, he finds love, and must choose between the values of the jungle and civilization. The Tarzan of popular imagination bears only limited resemblance to Edgar Rice Burroughs's creation, and the complex backdrop of colonial appropriation, literary heritage, and nostalgic yearning from which he emerged. This new edition considers these contexts, as well as the enduring appeal of the King of the Apes.
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This is a great book and a great series. I read it for the first time when I was a 15-year-old girl and bored out of my mind at school without a good book to read. A classmate had the first Tarzan book and although it looked like nothing I would ever be interested in, I was desperate. I think I did no school work, homework, chores or anything for as long as I could get away with it. I read every one of the books in the series - there's over 20. Couldn't put them down. That was in 1981. This time around my kids and I were driving up from California to Washington and needed a great book on tape. I ordered Tarzan, Book 1. My kids, ages 14 and 11 LOVED it. The reading is great. The reader's voice perfect. It was such a great experience. I would most definitely order every other book in this series. Also, the price was great, the packaging exactly as it should be. You won't regret purchasing this item.
Dec 10, 2009
Book arrived quickly and in excellent shape.
I am glad I got the sequel as well as the 1st book really leaves you wondering what will happen next.
Apr 19, 2007
An American Classic
What can you say about a book that created a genre? With his first Tarzan novel, Edgar Rice Burroughs invented the jungle-man hero, now a science-fantasy staple, and started a franchise that is still going strong. This introduction to Tarzan is still tops, giving the origin of the ape-man in a ripping action yarn that thrills as much today as when it was new. Often imitated, but never duplicated.
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