Cambridge, England, 1905. Jane Porter is hardly a typical woman of her time. The only female student in Cambridge Universitys 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 evolutionary theories of her scientific hero, Charles Darwin.When dashing American explorer Ral Conrath invites Jane and her father to join an expedition deep into West Africa, she can hardly believe her luck. Africa is every bit as exotic and fascinating as she has always imagined, but Jane quickly learns that the lush jungle is full of secretsand so is Ral Conrath. When danger strikes, Jane finds her hero, the key to humanitys 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 publication marks the centennial of the original Tarzan of the Apes.At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.
On a scientific expedition with her father into the rainforests of Gabon, Africa, paleoanthropology student Jane Porter is rescued from a leopard attack and nursed back to health by Tarzan, a remarkable (and remarkably attractive) wild man. The story beautifully captures Jane and Tarzan's powerful yet naive attraction and Jane's wonder and joy as she explores the jungle by Tarzan's side. Maxwell's reimagining, authorized by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate, makes smart changes from the original: caricatured cannibals are replaced by the more complex Waziri tribe of later Tarzan novels, whose hidden treasure motivates some formidable European villains. Unfortunately, the early chapters hammer home the spunky heroine cliches: Jane is an atheist, a spinster at age 20, and prone to quarreling with her mother about split skirts. Given that she also fights enraged elephants and treks deep into the jungle, Maxwell's Jane is so obviously heroic and feminist that the usual tropes are hilariously unnecessary. Agents: David Forrer and Kim Witherspoon, Inkwell Management. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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September 18, 2012
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