Tarzan of the Apes

Tarzan of the Apes[Read] ➵ Tarzan of the Apes Author Edgar Rice Burroughs – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Tarzan of the Apes is a novel written by Edgar Rice Burroughs the first in a series of books about the title character Tarzan It was first published in the pulp magazine All Story Magazine in October Tarzan of the Apes is a novel written by Edgar Rice Burroughs the first in a series of books about the title character Tarzan It was first published in the pulp magazine All Story Magazine in October The character was so popular that Burroughs continued the series into the s with two dozen seuels. Viscount Greystoke will see you now One of the advantages of riding the subway to work is getting extra reading time Coming home though I often have to stand for a good while before I can get a seat As it is not comfortable wrangling the actual book I am reading at a given time while standing I lift my trusty iTouch and am able to read a bit until the crowd thins I save my hardcore reading for when I am sitting and can take notes iTouch reading is of a different sort at least it has been to date Nothing too challenging Tarzan of the Apes was a free download from somewhere I cannot recall I had first read this of course back in my wastrel youth in the early 60s most likely While I am a fan of ERB's Barsoom series I was never all that taken with jungle boy Maybe it was not sci fi enough for my pre adolescent self Tarzan is introduced to the world in October 1912 from erbzinecom In looking at it anew with a bit lifetime and some extra inches under my belt a few things stand out At first blush it appears incredibly dated awash in the racism of its era It was published in 1912 not all that long after the Bronx Zoo displayed a pygmy in the monkey house We have come a long way hopefully Not nearly far enough but some distance nonetheless Burroughs was a product of and reflects his time Black Africans were regarded by the ignorant as barely human cannibalistic and of inferior moral substance unlike King Leopold The stuff of cartoons hurtful cartoons ERB with Maureen O’Sullivan and Johnny Weismuller from classiccinemagoldcomThe Tarzan of the title is the son of privilege his English upper crust parents done in by dark forces while in Africa Coincident with the downfall of mom and dad Greystoke aka Alice and John Clayton a mother gorilla mourning the recent death of her baby hears the baby crying takes him in as a substitute and raises him as her own The boy's human ingenuity and mom's fierce protection gives him the eualizer he needs against the larger and much stronger apes in his tribe and he thrives As he grows Tarzan is intrigued by the unoccupied house in which he was orphaned He begins to explore and discovers books Of course being an Englishman of gentle birth he has the cranial capacity to figure out the alphabet language the whole megilla Who needs teachers when you have such high end genes? The 1st Edition cover from erbzinecom Tarzan of the Apes BTW Just so's ya know Tarzan was not the first name Burroughs had in mind for his hero That would be Zantar And Greystoke was also a revision of Bloomstoke was first published in All Story Magazine in October 1912 The text included errors such as the existence of tigers in Africa Those were removed for the book version Note the sub title A Romance of the Jungle Jane in the introductory episode serves as the damsel in distress with her black maid shrieking in eye roll worthy comedic panic At least some clueless white guys are served up for comic relief as well There are dastardly mutineers a bit of buried treasure and Tarzan the original swinger hoists not only Jane through the jungle with one arm but also a young man who would love to have Jane for his own Maybe he swings both ways? If it sounds to you like something Team Edward might have purloined for their guy I think so too But after the real Mister T has flexed his pecks hand killed a lion in front of his European visitors and slaughtered a few other menacing jungle residents really Jane is smitten Now if he could only learn to translate the English he has come to know so well in print into speech Not that it matters Jane is ready to rip bodice Film poster of the first Weismuller Tarzan from Daily motioncomStill a simple boy meets girl boy drags willing girl into the jungle for some monkey business would not do Gotta make it a challenge for the big guy so stars are crossed and the young thing is whisked across the ocean to darkest America pursued by a suitor no appealing than the ill tempered gorilla who had abducted Jane in Africa Can Tarzan find a way to his lady love he was of course smitten with her on first sight Can he learn to speak English? Why stop there? Peut être un peu le français? Vielleicht ein wenig Deutsch? I mean he already speaks elephant and a smattering of beastial languages so clearly has a head for it Christopher Lambert in Greystoke The Legend of Tarzan from The TelegraphDespite the veneer a very heavy very thick veneer of low entertainment racist humor and stereotyping and bodice ripping romance there is going on in this book First having humans raised by non humans is as old as Romulus and Remus and probably even older But ERB put the notion into the accessible present for his readers My mother was an ApeI never knew who my father was Maybe not up there with your mother was a hamster but not bad albeit a fantasized present Also while his racial portrayals are coarse he does not leave them there It is not merely the black natives and silly servants who merit disdain There are very dark hearted whites as well Skin of diverse color sheaths hearts both generous and unkind And such diversity is offered the animals of the jungle as well There is no kinder mother in literature than the bereft mother gorilla who takes in the infant Tarzan And no darker foes than the silverbacks of her pack whose hatred of her adopted son is palpable Beneath the surface of this pulpiest of pulp fiction there resides a theme about universality This is something that arises again in his Barsoom series Race plays a large role there as well And the theme of commonality under the skin of honor being something available to anyone is repeated There is also a nifty consideration of religion and superstition that enlivens the goings on In another vein Tarzan is a fine representative of the literary trope of the noble savage a notion that man is essentially good but that his better nature is corrupted by civilization Of course ERB was not so naive as to treat this idea with clear delineations People are complicated whatever their moral leaningsT and J in the 1999 Disney animated musical from fanpopcomThe first volume of the Tarzan series was clearly meant to be just that The story leaves off with much yet to be resolved much to be discovered And Burroughs milked that notion for twenty four Tarzan novels he wrote alone and a few that were co written There are characters from literature that seem to reuire a new introduction every generation or so Greek and Roman mythology and Shakespeare's works have been at this for centuries More recently our recurring characters seem to be of the pulp variety Batman Superman and Spider Man stand out as examples I am not sure if James Bond ualifies as the series has been or less continuous since Bond James Bond first found its way to the silver screen in the 1960s Tarzan first graced cinemas in silent films and serials from 1918 through 1929 including one silent film to which sound was added after filming was completed as talkies stormed the world For folks of my generation boomers our introduction to Tarzan in film was most likely Johnny Weismuller Olympic swimmer turned action movie star an earlier version maybe of Ah nold He appeared in twelve Tarzan films from 1932 to 1948 I expect that most of my crowd first saw these on TV instead of theaters Of course the bod on display way back then was a far cry from what Hollywood presents as the sculpted masculine ideal these days And of course Weismuller's Tarzan spoke with an American accent as did his lady friend 2016 saw yet another re introduction of Tarzan to a new generation Alexander Skarsgård in The Legend of Tarzan 2016There have been than a few comic books 450 and newspaper comic strips 250 featuring Tarzan Tarzan books have appeared in pulp hardcover and paperback illustrated and not selling 100 million copies globally There have been many adaptations of the source material 50 for the big screen 65 episodes for live action TV and 32 cartoons The story has been told in theaters and on the radio Disney's 1999 animation was the most recent feature length version and the company fed this musical interpretation into a long running stage production There is even a Vegas Tarzan themed slot machine Some of these various productions and products have attempted to hew closely to the original story My personal fave is Greystoke Most have taken liberties Sadly the presentation of a mono syllabic Tarzan mirrors the misfortune of presenting Frankenstein's monster as inarticulate Neither is true Both Frankie and the Ape Man were intelligent and after some learning time uite articulate But there is clearly something compelling in a story about a man raised by animals something that speaks to uestions about human nature How much of how we behave what we value is inherent and how much is the result of nurture of the specific family upbringing we receive and of the cultures in which we are raised? Tarzan may have been written as popular pulp entertainment but the uestions raised as he copes with the clash between civilization and the wild between doing what is right and doing what sates a need between honor and dishonor are eternal Also ERB showed a very early concern for the environment as the baddies in the series tend towards the environment killer sort You may or may not go ape for it but whichever way you swing it is definitely worth checking out the original source material for what has become a regular part of Western culture And it also goes to show that it is a useful thing to have some classics sitting around on one’s electronic devices You never know when one might transport you from the concrete jungle to one of a very different sort EXTRA STUFFThe home page for Edgar Rice Burroughs the corporation Home site for the latest July 2016 film The Legend of Tarzan42317 I finally got around to seeing this at home Beautiful to watch of course wonderful special effects and impressive bod on Mister T This one takes a shot at King Leopold's rape of Congo in the form of Christoph Waltz as his representative This is certainly a worthy object for our scorn even with leaving out some of Leopold's gruesome outrages I suppose it is meant to echo with latter day exploitation of indigenous peoples by first world exploiters but I thought it fell flat in that Too Dudley Do Right vs the euivalent of a moustache twirling Snidely Whiplash On the other hand this sort of evil doer material might have been right at home in ERB's pulp fest T's affection for his gorilla mom was nicely presented Still it felt like a miss to me Not close to Greystoke Ah well Maybe in a generation or so another film maker or who knows maybe a VR or holo maker? will have another go at this material There is certainly franchise potential there and plenty of serious material to lend substance in supporting an overlay of good guy vs bad guy conflict and wowzer visualsThere is a nice brief history of Tarzan the character and product at Wild Stars including images of what seems a gazillion Tarzan book coversA piece from Licensing Works about a centennial celebration of Tarzan in Tarzana CA It was the source for the numbers of sundry publications that have been made of T productThe entire text of Tarzan of the Apes is available on the Gutenberg ProjectThe song You'll Be In My Heart from Disney's animated Tarzan filmFor a real scientific look at commonalities between apes and people you should check out the 2019 book Mama's Last Hug by Frans de Waal Tarzan of the Apes was a pulp classic that spawned a slew of seuels movies radio and television shows and a community in California I was surprised pleasantly by the style of writing Edgar Rice Burroughs was a talented craftsman and I am amazed at his ability to again and again draw the reader into a cliffhanger situation A good read Pulp fiction at its best I went in with low expectations and enjoyed it than I thought I would It's pulp fiction but it's good pulp a fun romp and so very very silly Burroughs buys into all the prejudices of his time but it's tough to blame him for being merely mortal Ignore it He's no worse than JM Barrie or Kipling I've shelved it under Fantasy and that's what it is There may be no Middle Earth or magic but a novel where a child brought up among apes learns to read without human aid and who as an adult learns to speak fluent French and English in a matter of monthswell if that's not a fantasy then I'm Galadriel Here the fountainhead the story buried below a myriad adaptations E R Burroughs's dream did come true after all his Tarzan spun off into countless later tales films heck even Broadway musicals Read this scant but brutal adventure tale with its due respect for it includes examples of poetic and natural justice; often tableaux with two male warrior bodies battling it out always a spectacle to behold; cannibalism; animal eroticism; killer savage hotness; plot twists and many examples of schizophrenic scope the world becomes incredibly large and then ridiculously small It is the story of kingdoms regained surely my favorite amongst a dozen Disney conventions is like the Sleeping Beauty that which dabbles in the innerworkings of a regal fate the inheritance of some forgotten nobility It is cinematic the imagination probably behind countless Hollywood blockbusters can be found here a champion of good fun There are climaxes which occur merely paragraphs from each other The effervescent prose is vicious savage alive; the actions depicted all merciless and gory R Rated before that very classification came into existence Tarzan's mother turns mad the jungle environment is enough to drive ANYONE insane Ends in optimistic Shawvian mode Sufficient amounts of comedy via wacky characters like Esmeralda or Professor Porter And Lord and Lady Greystone's and Kala's child's bones all give off a rather mystical and effortless poetry to the whole fantasia Remember this?I liked that movie when I was younger Being the bookworm I am as soon as I found out it was based in a book I wanted to read it thinking what I'm sure most of us think when a book has movies Surely it is better And since the movie I knew is Disney's then my second thought was It's gonna be hella different to the movie and maybe even a childhood ruinerOnly the second of my thoughts was right Because Tarzan of the Apes is almost like an ode to insta love and above all things stalkingWe all know the story don't we? A couple gets lost somewhere in Africa they have a son there but they die before him growing up After that some apes come into their cabin and one of them Kala decides to take the child as her own and raise him as if he were an apeThe problems started as soon as the animals appeared And I'll explain why with a uestion I'm sure you've heard before Is a lion cruel because he hunts? The answer is always no but here it's stated several times that Sabor the lioness is cruel because she kills and eatsOh but that isn't so bad as this Tarzan our handsome and mighty hero kills too and he does it for food vengeance and pleasure yet he is justified His murdering for pleasure is justified because he is M A N and not A P EActually everything for Tarzan has an explanation because he is super special and we have to love him For example at one point he almost strangles a man because Jane the love if his life rolls eyes was going to marry him and he has to force his mate upon him Not so sweet as Disney told is right?Besides he's a victim of insta love and before you say Jane was the first female of his species he ever saw let me correct you She is not the first woman he saw she is the first white woman he saw because he also saw women with dark skin but all were ugly to his eyesSo when our hero meets beautiful and let's not forget it white Jane he immediately falls in obsession love and starts observing and stalking her à la Joe from YouThis is what Tarzan wrote to Jane after he stood over her room for hours and stole the letter she had been writing to a friend of hersI am Tarzan of the Apes I want you I am yours You are mineIt doesn't end there though because some days after he saves her from danger and he starts kissing her even when he knows she's repulsed by him This repulsion by the way does not last long As soon as she examines him she realises he's the most good looking man she has ever seen and so she returns his love forgets she already wanted another man and then starts moaning that she doesn't feel safe if he's not with herAs if that weren't enough we then have another of my bookish pet peeves Love triangle and a very annoying one for that matter with lots of whining and an obvious answerAnd the last ingredient of all Sexism Oh God I know this was written in a sexist era but that doesn't mean I'm going to accept it uotes like this“Ah John I wish that I might be a man with a man's philosophy but I am but a woman seeing with my heart rather than my head and all that I can see is too horrible too unthinkable to put into words” are enough to make me hate a book especially if there are lots of themSo you see? Nothing like the Disney version And I'm not surprised that's how it always is The difference this time is that I prefer that movie than this sorry excuse of a book especially with its last line which basically says for of Lord Greystoke's adventures read The Return of Tarzan Yeah like I'm going to do that I must say I was expecting from this book It takes inspiration from a wide array of very good adventure novels but manages to be bigoted than the colonial literature that inspired it and less factual and forward looking than books written thirty years beforeOne of the major inspirations is H Rider Haggard's early pulp adventure stories including the tales of Allan uatermain Like Tarzan these stories take place in the depths of colonial Africa but the attitudes and portrayal of other races are far insulting in Tarzan than in Haggard's books despite the fact that Haggard was writing three decades beforeOf course having actually visited Africa numerous times during the Colonial period Haggard had a much better idea of what was going on there African tribes are portrayed as noble savages in Haggard which is a rather silly portrayal but Tarzan's tribes are made up of ignorant warlike half human cannibalsThroughout Tarzan one consistent theme is the popular colonial concept from the previous century that 'Blood Will Out' This was a theory that genetic traits were responsible for social classes and that if a prince were raised by pig farmers he would instinctively know how to bow and pick out a salad forkSome stories even indicated that a nobleman could defeat any commoner in a sword duel even if the commoner were a soldier and the noble had never held a sword before While Tarzan does not stretch credulity uite that much it does state that Tarzan naturally understands the concepts of honor bowing marriage and social classThis explanation is also meant to underscore how Tarzan could learn to read simply by looking at books Though he might come to recognize some of the symbolism Burroughs takes for granted that he could understand not only that the pictures represented people but other complexities such as 'lights' and 'clothes'Even if he could decipher the pictures coming to understand the text without a key is a nearly insurmountable task as Burroughs should have known from the Rosetta Stone of popular Egyptology Even if he could see that the symbols for 'Man' coincided with pictures of human beings coming to understand the use of articles and copulas would be many degrees difficult Without training in linguistics or the scientific method solving such problems is unlikely especially aloneEven if we take for granted that Tarzan could decipher the pictures and intuit the meaning of things he'd never seen before and break down the code of letters words sentences tone and symbolism which his he does in the letters he writes Even so there is no explanation how he could have known how to pronounce words as he had no phonetic understanding of how English actually sounds Yet he signs his letters 'Tarzan' his ape nameThere are also some errors in the portrayal of animal behaviors For example lions are depicted as solitary and jaguars are unable to climb trees While Natural History was still in its early stages at this point there were plenty of accurate accounts including Haggard's from which to draw inspiration Likely Burroughs was influenced by the sensationalist tales of 'Darkest Africa' than the experiences of actual travelers and experts such as Haggard and ConradThe 'apes' in the series are particularly interesting as they share little resemblance to any great ape descending instead from evolutionary ideas about early humans It is unsurprising that Burroughs would pick up on this popular contemporary idea His 'apes' use tools make music communicate by spoken language eat meat perform social rituals and commit war on one anotherOf course any ape with these traits would have been driven to extinction by competition with humans This helps to explain why Gorillas survived since they are herbivores and hence do not compete with humans for resources Even then the only remaining gorillas live in mountainous jungle regions too remote for humans to settleIf a warlike and omnivorous species of protohumans were to survive they would have to be in an isolated pocket of jungle or perhaps an island an idea which Burroughs later explored in 'The Land That Time Forgot'Verne portrays a similar group of proto humans in 'The Village in the Treetops' but he actually refers to them as a species of homo sapiens not as super apes Verne's depiction is a thoughtful expansion of Darwin's ideas showcasing his talent for extrapolating new ideas into interesting forward looking booksIf Burroughs had created some bridge between Verne and Haggard then Tarzan would have been a book worthy of its reputation Instead it is a silly and naive adventure that fails to explore the most fertile ideas and instead relies on the least likely onesBurroughs is a creative and ingenious author combining concepts from natural history with sci fi and adventure stories However his plots are often unfocused simply leaping from one moment to the next without build or connection He will sometimes suander good opportunities for plot or characterization instead focusing on fragmentary bits of adventure For example the romance between Tarzan and Jane goes off without a hitch This is despite an inability to communicate and the fact that Tarzan is a frighteningly powerful and alien figure Pride and Prejudice creates an entire plot three times the length of Tarzan based on the fact that it's hard for two people to get along even if they are both well off attractive nobles from the same cultureBurroughs overrides the development of a romance by the constant insistence that Tarzan's nobility is evident to Jane mitigating any frightening elements of her animal attraction to him Despite immediately recognizing his nobility in his every thought step word and deed she is unable to recognize that he actually is a noble even when he gives her a picture of his father Lord Greystoke She responds how he looks exactly like Tarzan but Burroughs tells us through third person narration that she never even imagines that they might be relatedSo Burroughs invents an implausible and difficult reason to maintain conflict by doubt of Tarzan's birthright but suelches the opportunity to present a troubled love story even though it would be the most likely result of the situation It is almost as if he cannot bear to provide than a moment of fleeting hardship to his characters and when he needs a man's life threatened by the natives instead of using an established character he creates a new one on the spur of the momentBurroughs combines many sources of inspiration in his books and creates vivid fast paced adventures However his brand of wild free wheeling adventure seems to work better on Mars where there is no fact checking or colonial philosophizing to strain his credibility The romanticized idealism in Burroughs' high adventures cannot be sustained on a world as small and mean as EarthPerhaps Burroughs was simply enad of the John Carter series since they are imaginative and well written In any case Tarzan was his money maker so it's no wonder that he returned to it so often but Tarzan lacks Carter's charm and a nonsensical Martian world is plausible than a nonsensical African oneNo doubt I'll pick up of the Tarzan books in time and will have to suspend my credulity about ant men immortality mad scientists and talking gorillas But really as long as it's written well I'm willing to extend my disbelief Perhaps the problem with this book isn't that it's too strange but that it's not strange enough Burroughs tries to realize his world with facts but only shows that he is not familiar enough to write about them Ah how to begin Tarzan raised me from a little boy and helped me become a man After the Bobsey Twins Hardy Boys and yes Nancy Drew I admit came Tarzan Return of Tarzan Beasts of Tarzan Son of Tarzan Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar yes 24 in all and then the Mars series and Moon and Venus and Pellucidar I own over 65 Edgar Rice Burroughs books but Tarzan was an inspriation to me so I have to give the credit to this book despite its flaws for many happy hours of reading Tarzan is essentially a romance novel so be prepared for a lot of mooning in between fierce battles and heroic feats of strength and agility Burroughs has only a half dozen characters in his repertoire and most of them appear in every book he writes but you learn to like them even though their names keep changing His hero overcomes any obstacle or adversity He will take any risk without fear He cannot even comprehend anything but truth justice and fair play The heroine is someone out of a Bronte or Austen novel who is ultimately beautiful constantly in need of rescue and always puts duty ahead of herself even if it means marrying someone she doesn't love Burroughs villians are known mostly for craftiness greed and obsessive revenge These guys never forget being thwarted even if they started the whole thing Don't try to read any racism into Burroughs treatment of Blacks and Africans He was a man of a different century and times were different For his day he was a very liberal thinker and I'm convinced that he never intended any offense I highly recommend the first four or five Tarzan books but for heaven's sakes uit there Burrough's sci fi is great for someone wants to read one of the true pioneers of the genre It over explains scientific detail and gets way too technical but writers like Heinlein were heavily influenced by it Mars was the best and Venus was okay but the Moon series was crap Actually Burroughs western novels the Bandit at Hells Bend and the Mucker were not bad either Okay That old world British attitude is on display in this story I learned he's a Mary Sue characterI grew up watching re runs of the old Tarzan TV show at my grandparents house I have watched the many various movies that have come along and I must say I think my favorite is the Disney version So I like the story of Tarzan and the archetype I have never read the origin and original and I did enjoy it but there are many problems with it Tarzan is a Mary Sue character I mean everything he tries he's good at the first time There is no character growth He grew up in the jungle and then later in a matter of days a Frenchman teaches him to speak French He teaches himself to read and write English from a dictionary He learns about money and people over a weeks time He learns to drive and who knows what else he can just doThe worst part of the story is how racist the story is Because Tarzen comes from a royal line with a title of course he can do everything It's in his DNA There are black tribes around him and they are horrible and he kills them and fights with them They are barely human He doesn't even consider himself one of them and he grew up with Apes Strange right Things I didn't know in the 1st book Jane goes back to Balti and she is about to marry someone for money Tarzan gets on a back and comes to America where he learns to drive and the modern world isn't that weird to him He saves her from a fire I've never seen any of that in a movie or TV show Edgar had a grand idea an idea that lasted than a century Still the story plotting is a mess I don't know why Tarzan didn't save Jane in Africa This is adventure literature to bring the jungles to people who would never see them It's action packed and written in it's time I'm glad this story has been remade and upgraded The stories are now better I still enjoyed reading it and seeing Tarzan once again It has major issue but I have to put it in it's historical place too and see those attitudes as how the people of the day operated bad or good I don't know if I will read Tarzan but I'm glad I read this I do think Edgar Burroughs wrote a racist story but I do want to read his Mars stories I'm interested in that I feel like I've been waiting for a book like this my entire life and here it was all this time published long before I was even bornIs the light cast upon race and gender in this novel wrong and inappropriate? Most definitely However I read this book ignoring these things not out of ignorance as the word would imply but with an acceptance of the flaws and deciding instead to fall in love with the adventure and the horrible violence of Tarzan's growing up in the jungle I didn't read this looking for a realistic survival study on apes and men either I was not expecting the gritty and gruesome nature of the story as my only experience of Tarzan prior to reading this novel is with the Disney animated movie version There is no child friendly telling of Tarzan winning the love of the great ape Kerchak and Jane teaching him how to read or Tarzan gallivanting around with his ape buddy Terk view spoiler Terkoz is actually an antagonist here hide spoiler Tarzan has become a larger than life myth that supersedes his own literary footprint; signature traits like his yodeling yell and broken English me Tarzan you Jane greeting are actually a Hollywood variation from the original story Burroughs' tale of an Englishman raised by apes in the unexplored jungles of Africa was written and published in pulp magazine installments over 100 years ago and many parts haven't aged particularly well Burroughs' characterizations of both the natives and the servant Esmeralda are offensive for a modern audience and was probably in poor taste even at the time of publication the Dover edition published in 1997 contains a Publisher's Note deploring the stereotypes The storyline meanders at times and often grinds to a halt altogether during lengthy expository ramblings The prose often feels stuffy and over explanatory not to mention chock full of early 20th Century English centricism The story's saving grace is found in the moments of pure pulp joy during fightaction scenes or as Tarzan moves uickly through the jungle vine swinging is not played up uite as much as it was in the movies where you find yourself riveted to the page wondering how our hero will escape his latest peril and what will become of him in the next installment But the fleeting moments of fun may not be enough to persuade you to continue on with the 24 seuels many of which are of dubious uality by most accounts

Tarzan of the Apes Kindle å Tarzan of  PDF/EPUB ²
  • Paperback
  • 324 pages
  • Tarzan of the Apes
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • English
  • 06 March 2016
  • 9780809599813