Tarzan of the Apes (Tarzan (Ballantine))

3.88 avg rating
( 32,332 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780345319777: Tarzan of the Apes (Tarzan (Ballantine))

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....

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

First published in 1914, Edgar Rice Burroughs's romance has lost little of its force over the years--as film revivals and TV series well attest. Tarzan of the Apes is very much a product of its age: replete with bloodthirsty natives and a bulky, swooning American Negress, and haunted by what zoo specialists now call charismatic megafauna (great beasts snarling, roaring, and stalking, most of whom would be out of place in a real African jungle). Burroughs countervails such incorrectness, however, with some rather unattractive representations of white civilization--mutinous, murderous sailors, effete aristos, self-involved academics, and hard-hearted cowards. At Tarzan's heart rightly lies the resourceful and hunky title character, a man increasingly torn between the civil and the savage, for whom cutlery will never be less than a nightmare.

The passages in which the nut-brown boy teaches himself to read and write are masterly and among the book's improbable, imaginative best. How tempting it is to adopt the ten-year-old's term for letters--"little bugs"! And the older Tarzan's realization that civilized "men were indeed more foolish and more cruel than the beasts of the jungle," while not exactly a new notion, is nonetheless potent. The first in Burroughs's serial is most enjoyable in its resounding oddities of word and thought, including the unforgettable "When Tarzan killed he more often smiled than scowled; and smiles are the foundation of beauty."

From the Publisher:

The first time I ever went to Tarzana, California, I walked down Ventura Boulevard, noticing that all of the buildings were really ugly. Then I arrive at my destination: a small house, set back from the street, with a beautiful tree shading the entire front yard. Inside, the air was cool and everything was polished wood, especially the incredible, gigantic desk. That's where he worked. It was awesome.

Edgar Rice Burroughs had a huge California ranch, and the land eventually became a town, named for Burroughs's most famous character. Burroughs created one of the few heroes everyone knows, and at that desk, he took Tarzan to exotic lands, had him face bizarre creatures and endless, exotic challenges. Those adventures spirit the reader away to a timeless time of action and heroism. And sitting in that office, I was a permanent convert. For me, and for countless others, the legend will never cease. And that's as it should be.
                        --Steve Saffel, Senior Editor

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Published by Random House USA Inc, United States (1993)
ISBN 10: 034531977X ISBN 13: 9780345319777
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House USA Inc, United States, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reissue. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780345319777

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 6.22
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Published by Ballantine Books (1984)
ISBN 10: 034531977X ISBN 13: 9780345319777
New Mass Market Paperback Quantity Available: 20
Seller
Book Lover's Warehouse
(Watauga, TN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ballantine Books, 1984. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. later printing. 100% Money Back Guarantee. The pages of this books are clean and unmarked. There is very little shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # 104308

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 2.24
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Published by Random House USA Inc, United States (1993)
ISBN 10: 034531977X ISBN 13: 9780345319777
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House USA Inc, United States, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reissue. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780345319777

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 7.07
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Published by Random House USA Inc, United States (1993)
ISBN 10: 034531977X ISBN 13: 9780345319777
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House USA Inc, United States, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reissue. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. 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. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9780345319777

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 7.07
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Burroughs, Edgar Rice
ISBN 10: 034531977X ISBN 13: 9780345319777
New Quantity Available: 10
Seller
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 1984. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VR-9780345319777

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 3.22
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
ISBN 10: 034531977X ISBN 13: 9780345319777
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97803453197770000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 7.65
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
ISBN 10: 034531977X ISBN 13: 9780345319777
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
vladimir belskiy
(alexandria, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Mass Market Paperback Mar 12, 1984. Bookseller Inventory # TR-29ZR-070D

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 4.15
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Burroughs, Edgar Rice
Published by Ballantine Books (1984)
ISBN 10: 034531977X ISBN 13: 9780345319777
New Mass Market Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ballantine Books, 1984. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # INGM9780345319777

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 5.74
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Published by Ballantine Books (1984)
ISBN 10: 034531977X ISBN 13: 9780345319777
New Mass Market Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ballantine Books, 1984. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. later printing. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX034531977X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 6.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Burroughs, Edgar Rice
Published by Ballantine Books
ISBN 10: 034531977X ISBN 13: 9780345319777
New MASS MARKET PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ballantine Books. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 034531977X *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Bookseller Inventory # SWATI2122541603

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 6.51
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book