Jane by Robin Maxwell
- Method of Obtaining: I received my copy via the publisher via NetGalley.
- Published by: Tor Books
- Release Date: 9/18/2012
Cambridge, England: 1905. Jane Porter is hardly a typical woman of her time. The only female student in Cambridge University’s medical program, she is far more comfortable in a lab coat, dissecting corpses, than she is in a corset and gown, sipping afternoon tea. A budding paleoanthropologist, Jane dreams of travelling the globe in search of fossils that will prove the evolutionary theories of her scientiﬁc hero, Charles Darwin.
When dashing American explorer Ral Conrath invites Jane and her father on an expedition deep into West Africa, she can hardly believe her luck. Rising to the challenge, Jane ﬁnds an Africa that is every bit exotic and fascinating as she has always imagined. But she quickly learns that the lush jungle is full of secrets—and so is Ral Conrath. When danger strikes, Jane ﬁnds her hero, the key to humanity’s past, and an all-consuming love in one extraordinary man: Tarzan of the Apes.
Jane is the ﬁrst version of the Tarzan story written by a woman and authorized by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate. Its 2012 publication will mark the centennial of the publication of the original Tarzan of the Apes.
- This book has been on my watch list for months.
When I first heard that Robin Maxwell was taking on the monumental task of giving a life to Jane outside of the Tarzan books I had two thoughts. The first was that the book would either be horrifically bad, and the second that it would be incredibly good. The second was that I needed to get my hands on it at any cost.
I managed to get my hands on Jane about two months ago and it took all my willpower not to dive in immediately. I had other obligations and so, when finally I was free to begin to read, I did so with relish. I savored this book, because it was apparent to me within the first chapter that what I was reading was something special – something labored over and something that was well worth all the waiting.
I’ve always been a fan of the Tarzan stories and always been curious about Jane. I got all the answers I was looking for in Jane and I feel as if it was done in such a way that Edgar Rice Burroughs would have approved.
If you are a fan of these stories and are wanting to explore a bit more through Jane’s eyes, I highly recommend this novel. Robin Maxwell did Tarzan proud.
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