The Woman Who Loved Tarzan
Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan. Tor. Sept. 2012. c.320p. ISBN 9780765333582. $25.99. F
Edgar Rice Burroughs, a struggling pulp fiction writer, meets paleontologist Jane Porter, who regales him with details of her African journey and encounter with Tarzan, a mysterious Englishman raised by apes. Authorized by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate and published on the centennial of the publication of the first Tarzan story in 1912, Maxwell (O, Juliet; Signora da Vinci) retells Tarzan's story from Jane's point of view in a more politically correct style (she treats native peoples in a more modern light than Burroughs and acknowledges their poor treatment by Europeans). Smart, athletic and fearless, Jane is more than capable of overcoming her trials in the African jungle.
VERDICT The chapter describing the meeting between Burroughs and Jane stretches the reader's credulity, but the rest of the novel features enough action and adventure to satisfy most Tarzan aficionados. Excitement, danger, labyrinths, pyramids, treasure, and volcanoes abound, as Jane and Tarzan learn to trust and love each other.
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