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    The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children (Paperback)) (Paperback) By (author) Jean M. Auel


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    DescriptionThe stunning epic that stirred the imagination of millions. Here is a novel of awesome beauty and power. A moving saga about people, relationships and the boundaries of love. Through Jean Auel's magnificent storytelling, we are taken back to the dawn of mankind and swept up in the wonderful world of a very special heroine, Ayla. Her enthralling story is one we all can share. A natural disaster has left young Ayla alone, wandering, fending for herself in an unfamiliar land. One day, she is discovered by the Clan of the Cave bear, men and women far different from her own people. Tall, blond, blue-eyed Ayla is a mysterious stranger to the Clan and at first they mistrust her and cast her out. But as she grows to know them and to learn the ways of the Clan, she is welcomed. And as she leads them in their struggle for survival, the Clan come to worship Ayla. For in her blood flows the future of humanity.

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    Ines Thus begins the epic tale of Ayla-blonde, blue-eyed, straight-legged, and vocal--considered bizarre and unattractive by her adoptive Clan. In Ayla's story readers find what very well may be the story of human survival, for it is by wit, instinct, adaptation, and gathering knowledge that Ayla thrives among a people who are not like her, in a society that sees her as strange, in a world where elements, animals, and the enmity of others make surviving each day a challenge. by Ines

  • Lots of fun! Occasionally dry.4

    Lisette Muratore This one is apparently a classic, but I first saw it on sale at Borders as they were shutting up shop. When I looked it up, I saw rave reviews.

    I can see what everyone was talking about, as this book is great! Set 30,000 years in the past, human child protagonist Ayla is found dying by a group of neanderthals and raised as one of them. While she is loved by the family that adopted her, tensions soon arise as differences surface between Ayla and the group.

    The writing is description laden, and you can tell Auel is a scientist from her writing which can run dry at times. Most of the time though, these descriptions and the analysis of the different species compliment the action packed storyline. If it seems a bit slow at first, persevere!

    It also takes a little while to get your head around the differences between neanderthals and humans for example, in their differing attitudes to sex.

    But thoroughly fascinating and like nothing I've seen before. Auel manages to make a fairly inaccessible chunk of history come alive with personality. by Lisette Muratore

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