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Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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Tarzan of the Apes

166 ratings, 51 reviews

Tarzan of the Apes is Edgar Rice Burroughs' hugely popular 1914 book that spawned two dozen sequels. A child of a white couple who are killed by an ape in the jungles of Africa, Tarzan is raised by a she-ape as her own. Eventually Tarzan finds his parents' cabin and figures out why he's different from the apes from looking through their books, and eventually teaches himself to read. The adventure kicks into high gear when a band of African hunters move in and kill Tarzan's ape mother.

Tarzan of the Apes is the original and probably the best. "Tarzan Begins" could be a modern title. Get all the back story and watch Tarzan become the hunky, vine-swingin' jungle man who's inspired nearly a century's worth of kids to be just like the King of the Apes.

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Tyler Haven

April 14, 2014

Lol bad book

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Louisa Daley

January 03, 2014

Great read love it

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Treavaun Hampton

November 20, 2013

Good

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Alanna Bush

October 29, 2013

This book was published the same year my house was acctually my house was made in 1903

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Jorge Becerra

October 25, 2013

This is really one of the best books i have ever read

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Ric Wooldridge

October 18, 2013

Tarzan is wonderful! I've read it several times since I was in High School.
The writer's obvious belief in Darwin's nonsense caused a sad case of racial prejudice that is unhealthy, but he is obviously over that by the end of the series.
A great sense of adventure and imagination.

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Mariyana Woods

August 26, 2013

Kk

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James Rush

August 17, 2013

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Matt Huff

July 18, 2013

A classic. A much darker and deeper story than most would expect.

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Kimberly Zapot

July 12, 2013

I love this book i even saw the movie this is my favarite book

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Jan Tzinski

June 28, 2013

A wonderful adventure, and much different from the old movies that first introduced me to Tarzan.

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Lithos Ng

June 27, 2013

I have read many versions of Tarzan and this is the best one so far.

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Elizabeth Nguyen

June 11, 2013

Freaken love it! I give it 10 out of 10 cause this book is amazing! You gotta read this book guys!

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Andrew Camp

June 02, 2013

This is a timeless classic story i remember receiving an Xmas present 36 years ago of the Tarzan story in graphic pictures which for a teenage boy was facinating and i have the scars from falling out of trees as we renacted the story (badly)

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Shelly Brown

May 07, 2013

I love it!

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Margaret Freestone

April 22, 2013

I started reading Burroughs at the age of eight, in 1958. I am now 64 and I still re-read him every now and then, enjoying every minute of it!

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Jarell Yates

April 14, 2013

this is my favorate book

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Miranda Aguirre

April 06, 2013

I like im going to take it for ar

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Paco Mesa

March 18, 2013

In my early youth was one of my favourites. All young people should read it

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Sondra Wayman

March 18, 2013

Love Tarzan books and hard to find.

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Noah Vandamme

March 13, 2013

Ml

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Dave Andrews

March 10, 2013

My grandfather gave me my first copy and here i am giving a copy to my grandaughter, good then good now

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Raquel Miranda

March 05, 2013

Great writer

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Jesus Marrero

February 19, 2013

I read this book as a boy and still find it a must read still. I just gave it to one of my nephews to read and i hope it sparks a love of read the old classics as i did.

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Emmmannwel Deng

February 05, 2013

I lovebthis book

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Brian Ashbury

February 04, 2013

Lovely to read, most enjoyable adventure story from the early 20th century.

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Cloey Mccarville

January 22, 2013

Sorry i ment to say i love this book

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Jonathan Yao

January 08, 2013

It was boreing for the firest 40 pages ,but still good

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Nancy Tran

October 24, 2012

There's too many violence it makes me scared

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Joshua Edwards

October 01, 2012

This book is awsome

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Melodie Adkins

September 04, 2012

A timeless classic full of adventure. I didn't want it to end!!

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Mark. HAYNES

August 27, 2012

Mark H. This story puts all the Tarzan movies to shame. The way Burroughs describes the action you can almost see what he describes.

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Raquel Clarke

August 20, 2012

This book is extraordinary. I Read Alot, and i have never read a book where the imagery was so effortless, it was like watching a movie. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I got so excited i remember calling my sister when i found out it was his cousin who'd found him. Ive recently decided to go back to the original work of classic novels and so far i have not been dissapointed, the cookie cutter adaptations do little justice to the amazing work of these great authors. Cant wait to read the others in this series.

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Hermann Alimasi

July 14, 2012

I would like to know how much privacy do I have?
Is my collection shared with other Classicly subscribers? If Yes is the answer is the case, kindly, I would like to have my account and collection strictly private!
Thanks!

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Douglas Chetcuti

July 03, 2012

Great reading, looking forward to the return of Tarzan

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David Ronka

July 01, 2012

Fun book. Enjoyed it immensely. Different writing than modern writing, but once you get used to that, a good story is a good story.

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Sue Byrd-orona

June 22, 2012

Better than the movie. Could not put the book down.

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Mark Whitmire

June 08, 2012

One of my most favorite books of all time. I read this book in 7th grade and never forgot it. Tarzan is one of the coolest literary characters ever created. I can't believe that no movie director has ever made a film that does the book the justice it deserves! I highly recommend this book to all ages.

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Gizelle Sanchez

May 30, 2012

This book is mesmerizing. I can't wait to read the sequel.

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cars Rule

May 24, 2012

you should read this!

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Al Lough

May 18, 2012

Read this book in the 70s still a good read

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Kaley LastName

May 04, 2012

I loved it! Different as it is from the Disney movie I know and love, the story was beautiful and dizzying. Read this, love it, and run to the sequel!

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Avi Kripalani

April 27, 2012

I liked it . I dont no about you

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Barbara Borras

April 26, 2012

Nice

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Shayn Galy

April 26, 2012

This is boring

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Robert Beaty

March 26, 2012

This was a great book

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Joel Shimberg

March 16, 2012

This is a great book for a 13-year-old reader, but adults may find the racism hard to take. This is exciting stuff if you can forgive the attitudes of a century ago. It's worth reading as background to all the awful movies and comics that butcher the story.

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Kendall Pop

February 14, 2012

It was great

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Chris Alcott

February 13, 2012

This should be required reading of all young men.

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Kelvin Batista

February 09, 2012

Good

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Robin Daviscourt

January 09, 2012

It was a fast read.