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Friday, June 19, 2009

Book Review: Tarzan of the Apes
By Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Greatest Adventure Story I've Read to Date!I have a new favorite book, and author. Edgar Rice Burroughs has completely won me over with his novel Tarzan of the Apes. I heard a respected fellow bibliophile co-worker praising this work once, and made a mental note to place it on my list of books to read. I'm so glad I heard him describe this masterpiece as a great book, it might have been years more before I had gotten to it! Not only is Burroughs a fine writer in the crafting of beautiful sentences, wonderful imagery, fine diction, and great descriptions of things; he's also a master plotter and story teller. I have loved many classics, as I've opened old volumes I always hear about. Among classics, many are stories of an inward journey only, and not much else exciting goes on in the story. I did find a very fine adventure story in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and cannot say much ill towards it, other than I disliked the characters of the Duke & the King so much, that I tired of reading about them, and wished to speed along in the story past where they dirtied it's pages. This I can see is only a preference; however in Tarzan of the Apes not only was there a fine story, but it kept me turning the pages at all times. There was never a moment where I grew slightly bored, but at all times could not wait to know what would happen next. I love Moby Dick, I love Great Expectations, I love The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; but Tarzan was as much of a joy to read as these titles, all the way through! Do yourself a favor, and pick this classic up. I'm sure you'll be able to find it for a very small price, or even for free as text and audio at www.gutenberg.org. You must come back to this page and comment on what you thought of the ending once you've finished the book. I will say nothing about it, but am very curious of what others think of it.

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