From the first moment Tarzan swung through the pages of Edgar Rice Burroughs's TARZAN OF THE APES he ignited the public's imagination in a way achieved by no other literary character. After being 'rebooted' by Andy Briggs, setting a new adventure in modern day Africa, Briggs wrote a piece for the Guardian online this weekend explaining the appeal of the 100-year-old character and why he intends to keep the original eco-warrior inspiring people for another 100 years.
Also featuring on the front
page of the website, Robert McCrum assesses
the secret of the Lord of the Jungle's survival throughout his many
incarnations in print and on screen over the past 100 years.
TARZAN: THE JUNGLE WARRIOR, the second of Briggs' new titles, was published this month by Faber in the UK. Read an extract here!
Praise for TARZAN:
'I fell in love with Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan when I was 11 years old, and was jealous when he married that silly Jane. I would have been even more jealous of the Jane in TARZAN: THE GREYSTOKE LEGACY - she is not silly at all! And what a stroke of brilliance to transform Tarzan into an eco-warrior. The Lord of the Jungle is with us still.' -- Dr Jane Goodall
'Tarzan is back with a bloodcurdling roar! An epic re-book of the classic series.' -- Eoin Colfer, author of ARTEMIS FOWL
'CRACKING jungle adventure with the one and only, all- time best eco-warrior, Tarzan.' -- MG Harris, author of THE JOSHUA FILES
'Wow! All the things I loved about the original Tarzan books rebooted for modern-day Africa, with a plot that will whisk you off your feet and swing you through the trees at breakneck speed.' -- Roderick Gordon, author of TUNNELS
'This is a lion-roaring read of an adventure that seized me from the first page and refused to let go.The action is breathless, the characters are enthralling and the environmental message is vital. Tarzan is not only stunningly reborn, he is more relevant today than he ever was.' -- Chris Bradford, author of YOUNG SAMURAI
'A hero that doesn't have special powers, can't do magic, and isn't an angel? Andy's Tarzan doesn't need them; he kicks ass from the moment he appears in the first chapter.' -- David Gatward, author of THE DEAD, THE DARK, THE DAMNED
'An awesome African adventure. The legend of Tarzan is in great hands.' -- Steve Feasey, author of CHANGELING
'A white-knuckle adventure worthy of Burroughs at his best. Andy Briggs' Tarzan is a stunning achievement.' -- William Hussey, author of WITCHFINDER