Tarzan of the Apes

Edgar Rice Burroughs
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Tarzan of the Apes


I read this book from Penguin's series of Boys Adventures. My two previous books, She by Haggard and The Lost World by Conan Doyle both featured lost civilizations. Tarzan of the Apes doesn't, but even though it was a very different book, I really enjoyed it.

For one, Tarzan of the Apes is nothing like the Tarzan story I picked (without ever seeing one) up from the movies. The story was well written, starting with the trials and tribulations of Tarzan's parents, moving to his youth, the arrival of Jane and her group, and Tarzan's move to civilization.

Besides a good story it is also a great display of its time. Especially the Nature vs. Nurture debate rages in the background which for me added an extra dimension to this story.