I'm a 52 year old male who discovered Tarzan when I was around 10/11 years sold. The Return of Tarzan, was the first, all prose, book I ever read and I clearly remember reading it under the bed-sheets by the light of a bicycle torch - Why? Don't ask... that's just the kind of thing kids do.
Tarzan was my first boyhood hero and a fondness for the character has remained with me into my adult life. I've tried on many occasions re-reading the Burroughs books but sadly the magic was no longer there. (It's me that's changed, not Burroughs) I've read most of the `new' Tarzan books by other authors but nothing has come close to capturing my imagination the way the character did when I was a boy.
I became aware of `Jane' some time before the book was released and I'm ashamed to say the thought of a Tarzan novel being written by a woman and one with `loved' in the title was enough for me to dismiss it as `soppy'. Almost a year later I've just finished reading it and I have to say I loved every word.
Robin Maxwell's Tarzan and Jane feel and behave not only like real people but in a way the characters should. Any changes that have been made to 'cannon' are explained by this being the 'real' version of events upon which Burroughs would later base his classic story - but such an explanation isn't at all necessary because any changes make perfect sense and ground the tale in reality. Jane's Africa felt to me to be a far more authentic, wonderful and hostile place than Burroughs' ever did.
There is action and when it arrives it is swift and often brutal. These sections made my eyes widen in excitement just the way they used to beneath the bed sheets when I would read by the light of a bicycle torch.
So a public apology then to Author, Robin Maxwell. I'm sorry I ever doubted you and my heartfelt thanks for giving me back characters that my adult self can love just as much as I did as a child.