Not the Disney Version

Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs

Classic English literature, fiction.

Rating 10/10

John Clayton took his wife, Alice, on an expedition in hopes of finding new land and such. When mutiny happens, he and his wife is sparred but left on an island to fend for themselves while waiting to be rescued. Accepting fate that they are not to be rescued by no one, John and Alice take refuge on the island and brave the island like their ancestors had done before. His wife borne a son and a year later dies. Leaving John to protect himself and the baby. Sadly, as a group of gorillas come upon the cottage, he is brutally killed. His son was rescued by the female gorilla by the name of Kala. After losing her own baby, she sees the baby as an opportunity to raise a child. As time progresses, young Tarzan learns to survive in the jungle, doing what it takes to survive. Young Tarzan learns of a man-made cabin and discovers literature inside. Up until his young adulthood he had no clue of other beings that were like him. Tarzan realizes he is a man and not an ape. When more of his kind arrive in the Jungle, Tarzan obsesses over Jane Porter and takes her with him. Tarzan goes with Jane Porter to where his kind are and where he truly belongs.

I really enjoyed reading this classical novel very much. It is an incredible book about man versus man, man versus nature, and man versus himself. The ability to survive and live through times where it’s dangerous as well as harsh conditions is expressed in this novel. This was not what I had expected and completely different from Disney’s Tarzan. It might be a bit sadder, but it is a good read. I highly recommend giving this novel a chance. I purely thought that I was going to hate this book but nope, it’s my favorite now. I prefer this version over Disney’s version because this is reality versus cartoon fantasy. It had a satisfying ending for me, and it was a cliff hanger. Also knowing that there is an actual sequel I plan to read the sequel as well.