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Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  644 ratings  ·  208 reviews
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 traveling the globe in search of fossils that will prove the evoluti ...more
Published (first published September 18th 2012)
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Sep 25, 2012 FredTownWard rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Recommended to FredTownWard by: Amazon Vine
Tarzan: The Metrosexual of the Jungle,

I honestly expected to love this book. I had read and loved ERB's Tarzan books, I had read and loved most of the pastiches, and the premise sounded absolutely brilliant: Tarzan's story from Jane's point of view. The cover illustration was magnificent! How could it possibly fail to be great? But as I read my way through it, my discomfort grew until it transformed itself into horror. Robin Maxwell hadn't gotten a few things wrong.

She'd gotten EVERYTHING wrong.
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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Released in the centennial year for the publication of Tarzan of the Apes original publication and endorsed by Edgar Rice Burroughs' estate, Jane is an involving, detailed, engrossing, and yet, original retelling of a well-loved and widely known story. Robin Maxwell is my first exposure to actually reading the mythos of the Tarzan world (watching the 1999 Disney animated movie clearly does not count), and her updated ve
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Jenny Q
4.5 Stars. Jane is one of the titles I'd been most curious about this year: I thought the concept of telling Tarzan's story from Jane's point of view was fantastic, and that wonderful cover was calling to me, daring me to pick up the book and enter Jane's world. But I worried that it was the kind of story that could either be very good in the right writer's hands, or very bad in the hands of the wrong one. Well, I'm happy to say that Jane falls firmly in the camp of the former, and my worry was ...more
Dreadful. Dull. Dreadfully dull. No matter how I say it, it remains the same. I read O, Juliet by this author and loved every single page of it, but this one, I mostly loathed it. This is one of those books that plods along and drags along with bits and pieces of action, but not enough to actually propel it forward.
The story jumps around from Jane after she's returned to civilization to Jane of the jungle to Jane prior to leaving for the jungle and then there are jumps within the jumps while Jan
Originally Reviewed on Kirkus' Science Fiction & Fantasy blog

The year is 1905, the place Cambridge University. Jane Porter, a headstrong and passionate young woman, is the first female student to be admitted to the university’s sole anatomy laboratory. While she cannot graduate with a degree, Jane’s ambition to become a recognized paleoanthropologist is high—after all, she has the unwavering support of Professor Archie Porter, a renowned scientist and Jane’s much beloved father. When the das
This is one book when it's perfectly fine to judge a book by its cover. The pages between take the reader on a trip back into time, with a portrayal of Jane that is fresh, captivating, and spirited. I realized about half way through that I've never read the original Tarzan book(s) and only know the story from comics, hearsay, and the movies. I'm curious now how close to the original this book flies, especially with the ending (which seemed like something out of an old Hollywood adventure.)


4.5 Stars

I haven't read the original book, "Tarzan of the Apes" by Edgar Rice Burroughs, but since this book is authorized by the estate, I feel like it must be respectful to the original. I have seen one of the movie versions, and the story does follow the same basic path, but there is more background for Jane in the beginning. The book never feels like a boring retelling of all the info that you already know from the original. The bare bones of the story are the same, but everything feels new
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
I was, for some reason, unabashedly excited for this book the moment I learned about it. Even though I hadn't read any of the Tarzan novels (until last month), the idea of Jane's story, through her eyes, immediately grabbed imagination.

Briefly, this book and I got off to a rocky start. The novel's opening sentence -- Good Lord, she was magnificent! -- about our heroine Jane did not endear the book to me, I admit. (I hate it when authors are overly in love with their heroines.) When the characte
As soon as I saw Jane Goodall’s enthusiastic recommendation for this retelling of Tarzan from Jane’s point of view I knew I had to read it. In this version set in the early 1900’s Jane is a lively, adventuresome young women determined to challenge the conventions of the day by becoming a scientist. Her heroes are women like Mary Kingsley, the Victorian era African explorer, and Jane and her father head to Africa seeking fossil evidence of Darwin’s missing link between ape and man. Unfortunately ...more
Lolly's Library
3.5 stars

Okay, I'll admit it, I've never read the original Tarzan books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I have seen the movies starring Johnny Weismulller and Maureen O'Sullivan. I know, not the best way to be introduced to the series considering how much the books were changed from page to screen, I'd imagine, but you've got to admit, Weismuller's Tarzan created quite an impression in the cultural consciousness. So, since I haven't read the books, I don't know how Burroughs portrayed Jane, but I would
I love Robin Maxwell’s historical fiction novels and so when I heard she wrote this one- historical or not- I jumped on for the ride. I’m so glad I did! Maxwell does not disappoint- what a story! Who would have thought that in today’s day and age a story about Tarzan and Jane could still captivate? And- it is historical after all!

Daughter of a scientist and a scientist herself, Jane along with her father and crew (with a certain dispicable Mr. Conrath; you ll have to read the book to find out ju
Jane is the story of the woman who loved Tarzan, and if you’re a fan of this ape-man, you’ll fall in love with Jane’s story like I did. Oh lordy, I just want to reread it right now because it is so GOOD.

I love the unique take Robin Maxwell did for this story. It’s in third person, but a vast majority of it is in first person as Jane is telling her story to this man after her lecture. I had actually forgotten that was what she was doing because I was so caught up in the story.

My love of Tarzan c
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Admittedly, I have never read any of the original Tarzan books by Edgar Rice Burroughs; however, I'm familiar with some of the movies. Tarzan and Jane are still very well known characters even today. The relationship between Tarzan and Jane is still interesting to many today. They are definitely a timeless pair. This book marks the first "spin-off" authorized by the author's estate, which is very cool! I really enjoyed this book. You definitely don't need to be familiar with the story to find so ...more
Nina Teal
I swaney. This isn't Jane, and this certainly isn't Tarzan.
Just ask Erin. I stopped sighing and saying, "Taaarrrzaaann" pretty early into the book. Because I was still holding out hope that he'd come along. But no.

I digress. So much.
I was so excited about this book. Just ask any of the people I sent pictures to. Though written by Robin Maxwell, this book is copyrighted by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. It was written with permission from the Burroughs estate, dedicated to Burroughs, and his grandso
This was great! Absolutely fantastic! I just have to read the original Tarzan stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs now.
Rabid Raeann
As a huge fan of the Tarzan novels, I was thrilled to see this title was approved by the family. However, I must rate it 3 stars because, while it is an interesting tale, the title character bears almost no resemblance to the Jane of the Tarzan novels. True, we know little of Jane and I certainly wanted to know more and to see her fleshed out into the woman she became in later books. And it is also true that thanks to early 1900's chauvinism, and limited views of the world, most of the ridiculou ...more
Paranormal Haven
3.5 stars

Jane Porter is studying to be a paleoanthropologist. It’s an unlikely profession for a woman, and even more unlikely for a woman of her station. Her father is encouraging, and obsessed with the same fever for scientific endeavors. Ral Conrath soon shows up in their lives and provides proof that fossils of the missing link might be found in Western Africa. Jane and her father are swayed and Conrath sets the travel arrangements. When events become disastrous in Africa, Jane finds herself
I had high hopes for Robin Maxwell's Jane. I had loved her Signora Da Vinci in which she imagined Leonardo Da Vinci's mother as a very extraordinary woman. Her Jane Porter is also very far from ordinary. She is a medical student in an era where women weren't accepted in the medical profession, and she dared to support Charles Darwin's controversial ideas about evolution.

I felt that this novel's Jane is a bridge between Victorian England and Tarzan's jungle. She understands both perspectives and
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Jane Porter is a woman ahead of her time. Instead of being the consummate lady of the early post-Victorian era, she is brash and curious about everything life offers to men, but withholds from women. Jane is a student at Cambridge and the only female in the University's medical program. She participates in labs and corpse dissections, dreaming of the day that she go on expeditions like her Father who is a professor and palentologist looking for the missing link. There is a lot of tension between ...more
Beth Dawkins

Jane Porter is studying to be a paleoanthropologist. It’s an unlikely profession for a woman, and even more unlikely for a woman of her station. Her father is encouraging, and obsessed with the same fever for scientific endeavors. Ral Conrath soon shows up in their lives and provides proof that fossils of the missing link might be found in Western Africa. Jane and her father are swayed and Conrath sets the travel arrangements. When events become disastrous in Africa, Jane finds herself waking
Nik Morton
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
Zohar -
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 bot
James Swenson
The blurb on the back cover reports that the creator of Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs, thought that a book "that really brings Jane into focus" would be a great idea. I agree, and enjoyed Jane, but with some reservations.

Tarzan's interactions with the (human) Africans are much more palatable here than in Tarzan of the Apes, which is a relief, and it's fun to watch Jane and Tarzan struggle to learn to communicate. It's also good to have an alternative history of Tarzan's education in the English l
Do not start this book right before bed. I did and found myself still reading at 2:30AM. The story of Tarzan's Jane told by Robin Maxwell was in its beginning chapters very enthralling. I love anthropology so the inclusion of the early studies of fossils and the debates on Darwin's theories were fascinating to me. Ms. Maxwell has that magic with words that draws you into time and place and time flies as you read Jane's tale of meeting Tarzan and her telling the story to a young Edgar Rice Burrou ...more
Jenny GB
This was a fun and enchanting novel that I found tough to put down! I admit that I am completely unfamiliar with the Tarzan story except for watching the Disney movie (I know, I know) which lead to me singing Phil Collins songs in my head through most of my reading. I've never read any other novels or comics. I've never watched any other movies or tv shows. The story has never been a particular romantic fantasy of mine. This retelling of the story focuses on Jane's point of view. It is a story i ...more
Cathy Cole
First Line: Good Lord, she was magnificent! Edgar thought.

It's April, 1912 in Chicago, Illinois, and Ed Burroughs can't believe the strength of mind and purpose that Jane Porter possesses. In fact, he finds that almost more remarkable than the subject of her talk. Everyone else has spent the past hour shouting her down, refusing to believe anything she has to say about a race of beings that represent the missing link between apes and humans, but Miss Porter refuses to back down from what she kno
I thoroughly enjoyed Jane’s adventures and Tarzan’s primal heroism and know that this is the closest I’ll ever get to an expedition such as this one. With that said, adventure stories aren’t really my thing so there were small chunks of jungle time that I found myself skimming, but this is not a judgement on the storytelling, only on my reading habits.

This book was authorized by the Edgar Rice Burroughs Estate and is timed to celebrate the first publication of Tarzan 100 years ago. Burroughs eve
As I started reading this book, I realized I hadn’t ever read anything about Tarzan and Jane before. In fact, aside from seeing the Disney movie like a decade ago, my exposure to their story is pretty limited.

I actually consider that a good thing, because I really had no preconceived notions about the tale ahead of time. Although Tarzan is a bit of a romantic figure, I didn’t picture him in that way, and I think I was able to fall in love with him a bit alongside Jane.

To read the rest of my revi
Even though I have never read any of the original Tarzan books. I was eager to read Jane the-women who loved Tarzan. I was lucky to be picked by Net Gallery to read this book. The story moves slowly at first but picks up quickly once Jane meets Tarzan. You follow Jane from her days at Cambridge studying to the jungle where Jane meets and falls in love with Tarzan will keep you turning pages quickly until the final page is turned
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Robin Maxwell grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey, graduated from Tufts University School of Occupational Therapy, and practiced in that field for several years before moving to Hollywood to become a parrot tamer, casting director and finally a screenwriter. Working for the major studios and networks she wrote comedy, drama and even feature animation for Disney. Her credits include "Passions", a CBS ...more
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