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Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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Jan 05, 12

bookshelves: pulp-novels

Wow, that is all you can say about this book. and its not the usual type of WOW, but more that exasperated sort of wow, the one where you are just floored at the insanity you are commenting on, and this book is insane.

I really like the style, burroughs is always a fun read, but sometimes with books of this age you come across something that just makes you flinch, that goes across the grain of your modern sensibilities. Having your main character be a white man in the jungle whos preferred method of execution is to hang black men from tree may have been acceptable 100 years ago.. well that dog just dont hunt in the modern world.

It is the type of thing that would really keep the book out of schools and given the hub bub about tom sawyer and N-word Jim, well it is a wonder we do not hear about this one.

As for the adventure, its pretty standard fare for the genre and for Burroughs. Lots of action usually involving Lions or Apes. (which he has on mars, venus, pelucidar, and pretty much all his settings) Not surprisingly the work is not well researched, in the final drafts Burroughs had Numa the lion as a Tiger, until the editors pointed out that tigers do not live in Africa. But whatever you can forgive THAT in Burroughs, even if not the racism.
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