- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Bookcassette; Mut edition (October 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1567400876
- ISBN-13: 978-1567400878
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 1.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,306,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Evolution of Jane Audio, Cassette – Audiobook, Unabridged
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that when a Cathleen Schine heroine goes off in search of her origins, she's likely to travel farther than most--and bound to come up against more than the average obstacle. Jane Barlow Schwartz, for instance, heads not for her New England childhood home but for the consolations of the Galapagos Islands. "You're searching for your roots," her father quips. "On a dormant volcano?" And this is only one of the thousands of witticisms on offer in Cathleen Schine's novel of lost friendship, the perplexing power of the family feud, and more than one shipboard mystery. When Jane, 25 and a brand-new divorcée, arrives in Ecuador for her ecological tour, she instantly recognizes the guide as her relative and childhood best friend. Martha, the cousin in question, however, takes several beats longer--a clear signal that both still have some evolving to do. As Jane quickly reveals, Martha was the real grand passion in her life, and now she's determined to get to the bottom of her idol's disenchantment, not to mention explore the evolutionary value of friendship. Charles Darwin is definitely much in evidence in The Evolution of Jane, and Schine has some serious fun with Jane's confusion when it comes to species survival. But her fifth novel is also filled with some provocative, perfectly timed aperçus on natural, romantic, and most definitely familial selection. --Kerry Fried --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
A writer of witty comedies of manners, Schine (Rameau's Niece; The Love Letter) combines the intellectual curiosity of a philosopher with a lively sense of the absurd. Her latest comically misadventurous, existential inquiry is set in the Galapagos, and Darwin's Origin of Species serves as a framework for protagonist Jane Barlow Schwartz's search for identity. Newly divorced Jane arrives at the islands off Ecuador to find that the park ranger who will guide her group is her estranged cousin, Martha Barlow, her dearest friend when they were growing up in Barlow, Conn., the town named for their family's founders. Jane has been grieving for years because Martha suddenly ended their "twinship" without explanation. Suspecting that Martha's rejection may be tied to the mysterious family feud that the elder Barlows will not explain, Jane speculates about the ways Darwinian theory can be applied to human relationships. For Jane, the question of "the transmutation of friendship" takes on the urgency of a scientific quest, which she pursues in whimsical fashion, inadvertently getting herself into hilarious situations?especially when she thinks she is competing with Martha for the attentions of an attractive young man in her group, one of many vividly realized characters who, to Jane's eye, are colorful examples of species diversity. But Martha's essential difference from Jane, her confident, pragmatic and unimaginative personality, becomes clear to the reader before Jane gets a clue. Cleverly, Schine follows Jane's epiphany about friendship and self-knowledge with a truly surprising revelation about the Barlow family feud. The sophisticated narrative, sparkling with playful intelligence and resonating with poignant insights about the ways girls and women bond, is Schine's best novel yet. Agent, Neil Olson of Donadio & Ashworth. 75,000 first printing; author tour. (Oct.) FYI: A movie titled The Misadventures of Margaret, based on Rameau's Niece, will be released in the fall. The Love Letter is in production from DreamWorks.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
The chapters alternate between the tour of the Galapagos and Jane's childhood in Connecticut with frequent musings on Darwin's "Origins of Species" and much discussion of questions such as "what is a species?" and "how and where do species divert from one another on the evolutionary tree?"
The author keeps hinting about the secret that caused the rift between Martha and Jane and provides some possible explanations - but by the time they come forth, I had stopped caring very much.
The problem with this book, which ultimately bored me more than it amused me, was that the characters don't come into sufficient focus for the reader to get very invested in them or care about what happens to them. Jane is a bit of a whiner but not tremendously interesting and Martha never really established herself as a character at all. The other people in the book are a collection of names with attributes -- but do not really live.
This book could have gone for comedy or for an intellectual puzzle but in the end tries for both and succeeds at neither.