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review 2017-03-31 04:34
Surprisingly good
Tarzan of the Apes - Edgar Rice Burroughs

Knock me sideways, that last third made this so much better than I expected.

 

It IS full of "whiteman's burdeen", and "fair for it time" commentary, and "nobility breeds true" and all that chivarious "poor little woman" bullshit. But... BUT! That friendship with D'arnot! And all the intern exploration Jane does on her feelings for Tarzan. And through out all of the book, the fact that Clayton is NOT the asshole so many adaptations turn him into but a honestly good man (with a few very understandably petty moments).

 

Which totally makes the end a stake to the heart. I did not expect to, but it made me care.

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text 2017-02-15 14:16
BLOG TOUR, REVIEW, & #GIVEAWAY - Me Tarzan — You Jane by Camelia Miron Skiba
Me Tarzan - You Jane - Camelia Miron Skiba
2015 DREAMS Awards Finalist 
2015 RONE Award Finalist
 
Moving on doesn’t always have to mean goodbye.

Widowed makeup artist Jane Sullivan is more comfortable keeping her husband’s memory alive than dating a pool full of sharks. Ella, her 4 year-old daughter, is her whole world.

When Jane meets Lucas Oliver, famous cover model, it’s hate at first sight. His playboy persona rubs her the wrong way.

Accustomed to every woman fawning over him, Lucas is drawn to the shy, uncompromising single mom and completely melts at the sight of Ella. He is determined to convince Jane that sometimes a second chance can mend a broken heart.

 

 

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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/02/blog-tour-review-giveaway-me-tarzan-you.html
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review 2017-01-27 00:00
Tarzan & the Jewels of Opar / Jungle Tales of Tarzan (Tarzan, #5-6)
Tarzan & the Jewels of Opar / Jungle Tales of Tarzan (Tarzan, #5-6) - Edgar Rice Burroughs Two books for the price of one
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar
After a business venture collapses, Tarzan decides the best way to get out of this problem is to head off to Opar and steal some of the gold they have left lying around.
A bash on the head leaves him with only the memory of his days growing up with the apes and he reverts to the savage man he once was.
Meanwhile, Jane manages to get herself kidnapped, escape, lost, kidnapped again (and again).

This took a while to get into, with a lot of things having to fall into place before the finale making it a bit of a chore before the action started.

Jungle Tales of Tarzan
Various short stories of Tarzan as a boy growing up with the apes. Some are better than others, but they follow each other logically and lead into the next story quite well.
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text 2016-10-28 21:10
Reading progress update: I've read 135 out of 232 pages.
Tarzan of the Apes - Edgar Rice Burroughs
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review 2016-10-01 00:39
Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes
Tarzan of the Apes - Edgar Rice Burroughs

A very interesting story and one that indeed does turn out to be better than the other ones by Burroughs that I have read and I am a fan of Burroughs.  To get it out of the way, as one would expect for a pulp novel set in Africa written before the outbreak of World War I, there is lots of racism however a reasonable reader can hopefully look beyond this and see the great merits of the book.  It has a great story arc, ending on a cliff hanger, which is standard for Burroughs.  It is structured very well and has only a fight scene once every ten to twenty pages which is restrained for Burroughs.

 

It is the character of Tarzan, himself that makes the book.  Burroughs explicitly considers him an ideal man.  He is not, however, treated as a normal noble savage, but instead is depicted as a Wild Beast who implicitly contains the instinct of the English gentleman and the wild beast and is distinguished by a greater degree of savagery and by reason from the beasts of the jungle.  It's an original and compelling, even startling and unsettling ideal which has never been remotely captured by any of the adaptations I've seen.

Interestingly the first third or so, is quite reminiscent of the Mowgli sections of the Jungle Book.

 

Overall, very good and confirms my belief that Burroughs was one of the true masters of Pulp fiction.

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