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Tarzan the Untamed by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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Nov 12, 11

Read in November, 2011

** spoiler alert ** Kindled for free. Amazing new contribution to the series, where tarzan becomes unshackled from all civilisation! He also gets another couple of animal friends. Ultimately in this book we don’t have tarzan the immortal, but tarzan the very mortal, he is very frequently captured and even nearly killed in fights, and there is a sense that he survives more because he is lucky, and has an awesome will to succeed and not die. I think that does make for a better book, and at least he isn’t constantly chasing after women in this book, although there is still a large amount of that! Three quotations:

(The beautiful elementalism of tarzan)
The ape-man felt a sense of deep admiration for this nameless adventurer of a bygone day. What a brute of a man he must have been and what a glorious tale of battle and kaleidoscopic vicissitudes of fortune must once have been locked within that whitened skull!

He felt the depressing influence of the horrible place setting down upon him; but he staggered to his feet, shaking himself like a great lion, for was he not still Tarzan, mighty Tarzan of the Apes? Yes, and Tarzan the mighty he would be until the last throb of that savage heart!

(description of the novel)
Never had his civilization been more than a veneer put on for the sake of her he loved because he thought it made her happier to see him thus. In reality he had always held the outward evidences of so-called culture in deep contempt. Civilization meant to Tarzan of the Apes a curtailment of freedom in all its aspects—freedom of action, freedom of thought, freedom of love, freedom of hate.

(the animals of tarzan)
Here and there were cross trails and others which joined the main avenue, and always upon each of them were the tracks and scent of the great cats, of Numa, the lion, and Sheeta, the panther. With the exception of a few small rodents there appeared to be no other wild life on the surface of the valley. There was no indication of Bara, the deer, or Horta, the boar, or of Gorgo, the buffalo, Buto, Tantor, or Duro. Histah, the snake, was there. He saw him in the trees in greater numbers than he ever had seen Histah before; and once beside a reedy pool he caught a scent that could have belonged to none other than Gimla the crocodile, but upon none of these did the Tarmangani care to feed.

(Victorian knowledge of madness)
"I don't know," she replied, "there is something terribly uncanny about their appearance." The man regarded one of their captors closely for a moment and then, turning to the girl asked, "Did you ever visit a madhouse?" She looked up at him in quick understanding and with a horrified expression in her eyes. "That's it!" she cried. "They have all the earmarks," he said. "Whites of the eyes showing all around the irises, hair growing stiffly erect from the scalp and low down upon the forehead—even their mannerisms and their carriage are those of maniacs." The girl shuddered.
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