Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan

Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan

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Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell is a fem­i­nine take on the famous Bur­roughs novel. This book tells the famous story from the view point of Jane Porter, Tarzan's love interest. Jane Porter is the first and only woman at the Uni­ver­sity of Cam­bridge to study med­i­cine. She is a fish out of water and already an “old maid” being unmar­ried in her early twen­ties. An Amer­i­can explorer named Ral Con­rath invites Jane and her father to join his West African expe­di­tion they both agree. Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell is not a retelling of the ori­gin story of Tarzan, but a reimag­in­ing of the mythol­ogy orig­i­nally cre­ated by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I was very excited about this novel, Tarzan has always been a favorite (who can for­get those won­der­ful comics and Johnny Weiss­muller films) and in prepa­ra­tion read the orig­i­nal Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Bur­roughs. To be hon­est, I was sur­prised at how much I enjoyed the book again (I read it as a kid), I can cer­tainly see why it is con­sid­ered a clas­sic and cap­tures the imag­i­na­tion of the young and young at heart. Read­ing the first sev­eral pages of this novel I could tell that Jane would be dif­fer­ent. The Jane Porter is this novel is a strong woman, a sci­en­tist and trail blazer. Jane tells her story, after a sci­en­tific pre­sen­ta­tion, to author Edgar Rice Bur­roughs. While this plot device might work, I thought it was a bit awk­ward espe­cially when Jane, a scholar and an old fash­ioned woman (in today’s terms) describes inti­mate details about her rela­tion­ship. I know very few, if any, women who even today would do so to a com­plete stranger. This is by no means a crit­i­cism, in Tarzan of the Apes Bur­roughs skips over the long peri­ods for which it took Tarzan to learn skills. Ms. Maxwell fills in those gaps with slower, more method­i­cal nar­ra­tive. Being the cen­tral char­ac­ter, Jane is cer­tainly inter­est­ing through­out, even if a bit vain. I felt Jane’s char­ac­ter grew through­out the novel, from an uptight stu­dent to a more ani­mal­is­tic crea­ture less depen­dent on her pro­tec­tors (civ­i­lized or not) and more will­ing to take risks in the phys­i­cal or psy­cho­log­i­cal realms. Edgar Rice Bur­roughs, Inc., the com­pany which man­ages the rights to the author’s work, has approved this novel. Accord­ing to the author’s note they were actu­ally quite involved in the process. I believe they made the right choice, Ms. Maxwell cre­ated Jane a believ­able and more grounded char­ac­ter than any man could have (injured Jane’s con­cerns per­form­ing her bod­ily func­tions in front of Tarzan never would have entered my mind). While the Bur­roughs books are pure adven­ture, this novel is more or a romance with adven­ture sprin­kled here and there. I thought the back­ground sto­ries of the char­ac­ters were inter­e
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adored this book. It is a thrilling ride and puts you through emotional straights at times. I did not want it to end! Maxwell has renewed my love for this story and she will capture yours as well. These are tears of joy, not of sadness.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robin Maxwell breaks the 'glass ceiling' with her historic fiction novels about powerful women. Jane is the epitome of intellectual and physical prowess; the perfect partner for the jungle god. I can't wait for the movie!
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Fiberholic More than 1 year ago
"Jane" is a good read. Maxwell has created a partner for Tarzan in every way. The plot moves rapidly and the characters come to life on the page. Hoorah for the new perspective on the Tarzan story. I can't wait to see the movie version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It wasn't bad for being written so far past the original. It starts out a little slow because the author uses a lot of descriptive detail to paint the picture. Otherwise not a bad read. However there is some disturbing parts especially in regards to the death of Alice Clayton so there is some warning there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was very true to the Buroughs tradition. Jane was one of the most interesting female characters I have read in the last ten years.