John “Bridge” Martin on Jane and the Waziri


by John Martin for Recoverings Blog
When Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote of Tarzan and Jane, it was because some great adventure had come into their lives, and so the idyllic times spent upon the Greystoke estate in British East Africa are seldom recorded, except to set the stage for that which will soon disrupt that tranquility.

And so, we must be satisfied with mere glimpses of what the normal life there was like, and we get these glimpses in The Eternal Lover, The Son of Tarzan, Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, Tarzan the Untamed, Tarzan and the Golden Lion and Tarzan and the Ant Men.

The Waziri tribe was a part of that Greystoke estate life, in both peace and war.

What a wonderful relationship has existed between this tribe and their mentor and leader emeritus, Tarzan of the Apes, from the time their paths first crossed in The Return of Tarzan when John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, became their white chief and led them in avenging themselves upon their enemies.

Read the full post at The Back Flap Blog at Recoverings


  • Jane always gets a bum rap, mostly I think because people look at the movie version of Jane and see a weak woman who usually causes more trouble than the bad guys do (at least in the Weissmuller films). Burroughs’ Jane is a lot smarter and in a lot of the books can take care of herself, especially in Tarzan’s Quest where she takes charge.

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