“Great book! Much better than the movies. Very well written. I enjoyed it very much.”Silver D wrote this review Sunday, October 9, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is one of those books where the end might ruin the entire book for you. It was really enjoyable and very easy to follow for a book written in 1912 (where it was first published in a pulp fiction magazine). It is no wonder that this story spawned dozens of movies and tv shows and even a cartoon parody (George of the Jungle), and my personal favorite the Disney movie Tarzan—which, by the way, is absolutely nothing like the book whatsoever (no real big surprise there). I would say a quarter of this book is the story of Lord John Clayton Greystoke and his wife Alice being victims of a mutiny on board a ship traveling towards Africa and being put ashore rather then being killed. Then the next two quarters (so at least half of the whole book) is Tarzan growing up in the jungle, followed by the last quarter of the book when he meets more castaways— again victims of a mutiny on board a ship— and his adventure to win Jane’s heart. (I don’t want to give anything away about the end that was so disappointing, so all I will say about it is: “Nooo! why? you bitch!”) But the good news is this evidently rectified in future books. If you are at all interested in this book but are worried you might not be able to follow it, I think you should definitely give it a chance because it is actually very easy to follow and surprisingly full of action. Evidently there are two dozen sequels so if you are unhappy with the way this book just up and ends, you can read on in the sequels. I am interested in the sequels, but it will have to be far in the future before I can get to it.”Pinkbookdragon wrote this review Saturday, October 1, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great Book to Read”Zack Johnson wrote this review Sunday, September 25, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A page-turner from the start. I don't usually think of myself as an "adventure" reader, but Wow! Such a fantastic book - Everyone should read this. A couple of gruesome scenes, so beware. I haven't read any of the other Tarzan books, but I found the ending of this one truly satisfying and thought-provoking. P.S. Never does he say, "Me Tarzan, you Jane."”Robin M wrote this review Saturday, November 12, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Tarzan sure was smart - he learned how to read by just looking at books with nobody to teach him.
After a lifetime of Tarzan movies, TV programs, etc., I finally read the original story. It is a lot different from any other version of Tarzan I have encountered - remarkably absurd but still enjoyable. I never imagined it would end up with Tarzan in Wisconsin!”
“read April 2003”Judy H wrote this review Sunday, September 4, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My copy has Tarzan of the Apes & The Return of Tarzan. I have read these stories many times and love them.”Jenn wrote this review Saturday, September 3, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would, but the ending made me so sad! I don't like sad endings. It almost makes me want to read the 23 sequels. ”Monica J wrote this review Saturday, August 27, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Absolutely great book and the first Tarzan book I have read. It was a surprise how fast the book went and was a real page turner. Have read Barsoom books by Burroughs and knew he was a great writer, but a book about a jungle man never appealed to me. Having received the Ebook for free, decided to read it. Surprise, surprise. Now cannot wait to read the next Tarzan book.”Tommy M D wrote this review Monday, August 22, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Aside from the authors obvious ethnocentrism and chauvinistic bents the book itself was quite interesting. I mean, I never knew Tarzan didn't get Jane in the end...who did? All the movies ended with them swinging off into the forest together and enjoying life and raw meat... O well.
I may, eventually, someday, read another of these stories. ”