Growing up watching Disney movies I never really thought about where the real stories came from. Being a kid I just assumed they were made up stories for the movies.
As I got older I learned that almost all of the Disney movies came from actual stories, which had much more gruesome endings.
Tarzan basically suffers a similarly miserable fate. He was abandoned in the jungle, escapes with Jane, gets forced back by his enemies, escapes once again, goes back willingly to save his son, leaves and becomes a Lord with lots of money, goes back once more after his son disappeared for years.
Oh, also his son gets stolen from him as a baby, Jane gets kidnapped a few times, he almost gets sacrificed to a god, and the man he refuses to kill keeps trying to kill him.
Sounds pretty Disney right?
That’s just the 5 books that I’ve read of Tarzan’s adventures. Edgar Rice Burroughs published 24 books about Tarzan and his adventures, and a few others were authorized by his estate after his death.
Is it worth the read?
Of course it is, otherwise I wouldn’t be talking about it. Might be tough to read all 24 back to back though I’ve only read the first 5 myself.
They’re great books with an interesting look into man’s more primitive inner-self. They’ve got some action in them, and probably won’t take too long to read one.
Might interest you to see one the true story of one of the oldest movie characters out there too. (Look it up, movies about him have been made for over 100 years.)
Plus the books offer a decent account of the time period, and give an interesting look at what life was like, as well as different groups of people/animals that we don’t get a lot of in literature.
I couldn’t think of any talking points for this one, so I’ll keep it simple for this week. What are you guys reading? Let me know in the comments. Also if you ever manage to figure out what next week’s book is going to be based off of my clues, feel free to try your luck in the comments section too.
Next week’s book is a throwback to my childhood again. The only hint: Words Coming to Life.