|My Copy||library audiobook|
|First Read||February 19, 2011|
Tarzan of the Apes
I'm not really familiar with the Tarzan story beyond the Disney version, so discovering the original has been a real pleasure. It's a fun read, and surprising how little it follows the plotline I expected.
It's actually fairly shocking how often race comes up, and in what way. Tarzan feels instinctive distaste for his primitive black neighbors, and their dark skin and african features are often referred to negatively. On the other hand, Tarzan feels that the whites he meets are noble, with very little evidence to support it.
In other ways, the book is very 19th c. feeling - especially the multiple nested storylines. The general tone and plot structure is similar to H. Rider Haggard's African adventure novels.
Noted on February 19, 2011