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Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan [Hardcover]

Robin Maxwell
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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (18 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765333589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765333582
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 16.1 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,533,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dave: The reader who loved JANE 22 Aug 2013
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last... the real Jane Porter! 18 Oct 2012
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I've always been fascinated by Tarzan, the legendary creation of Edgar Rice Burroughs who celebrates his centenary this year.
Of all the characters in the Tarzan novels Jane is perhaps one of the most interesting, a well bred American girl who meets her man in the deepest, darkest jungles of West Africa and follows him on many adventures...
Robin Maxwell's novel is the first Tarzan related work to be written from Jane Porter's point of view and also by a female author.
Authorised by the estate of ERB, 'Jane' follows the life of Jane Porter, a strong and independant girl, struggling in a mans world at Cambridge University in 1905. Her father is the acclaimed American Professor Archimedes Porter who has made a number of forays into Africa in search of Darwin's 'Missing Link'.
When explorer Ral Conrath offers them the chance to join his next expedition the Porters are drawn into an adventure that neither will forget and for Jane, one that will change her life forever...
Above all this novel is a romance, but Robin Maxwell tells it in the fine tradition of Burroughs himself. The African scenes are well executed and the adventure comes thick and fast... Jane suddenly finds that Conrath's expedition is not all it appears to be and soon finds herself rescued from the brink of death by Tarzan himself, the son of a marooned English Lord and his wife, raised from childhood by the ape-like Mangani after his parents brutal demise and then adapting to survive the terrors of the jungle...
The middle of the novel see's Jane educating Tarzan and is at once very beautiful, sensual and often quite emotional as Tarzan learns comes to terms with his past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jane of the Apes 22 Dec 2013
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Great angle on the timeless tale of Tarzan of the Apes. Well written, easy to read and a delight to add to the collection. I hope there are more in time as Jane is missing from many Tarzan tales, so what was she doing while Tarzan was discovering lost lands and cities?
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'There is no Tarzan without Jane' 30 Mar 2013
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Like fans worldwide, I've always felt that the films never did Lord Greystoke justice. So, it was with a little trepidation that I tackled this book.
What many film-makers neglected but this novel recognizes, `There is no Tarzan without Jane', to quote John R Burroughs. As I became immersed in the tale, all fears for the treatment of the lord of the jungle evaporated. It was obvious that this was a work of love and respect for the original, a worthy homage.
The book begins in 1912 Chicago where Jane Porter is giving a talk about the missing link she found in Africa. Her claims cause heated controversy among several academic and scientific attendees and, ultimately, a Mr E.R. Burroughs, a young author, takes her aside and expresses an interest in her tale about an ape man. Sequestered together, Jane tells all to Burroughs. This is Jane's first person narrative we're about to read, beginning in 1905.
Maxwell cleverly weaves her tale, using the basic elements of the original but grafting on much that is new and intriguing. Seeing this tale from Jane's perspective works exceedingly well for me. The period and character are beautifully captured - perhaps I should have expected nothing less from an accredited author of historical fiction.
There is much that is familiar - the story of Tarzan's origin, though shifted by date for purposes of realism, the Waziri, d'Arnot, Jane's father, and the Mangani. The vain and dashing explorer Ral Conrath makes a suitable bad guy, but the real villain is Kerchak, the killer ape. Yet they're given slight twists to fit this retelling; to stick to the original in every respect would have been a creative straitjacket and unworthy, and fortunately both Jim Sullos, custodian of the legend, and grandson John R Burroughs agreed.
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