Denver Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club
the Apes (1914)
How we each rated this book
10 Wow! Don't miss it
8-9 Highly recommended
5-6 Mild recommendation
3-4 Take your chances
1-2 Below average; skip it
0 Get out the flamethrower!
Edgar Rice Burroughs - Tarzan of the Apes
In this cynical age, it's wonderfully refreshing to get to cheer for characters of uncompromising nobility and bravery like Tarzan and Jane Porter. I find it very easy to get caught up in their stories despite their comic book attributes and even though they are virtuous to an absurd extreme (as exemplified by Jane's willingness to marry a man she doesn't love rather than hurt his feelings by telling him she really loves Tarzan).
Why did Tarzan become such a cultural phenomenon? I think the fantasy of combining the virtues of civilized man with the strengths of the wild savage is compelling. The joy of roaming the jungle is so fresh in this book (it wears thin over two dozen sequels), you have to love it.
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