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The Clan of the Cave Bear

The Clan of the Cave Bear

Book rating: 04 Paperback Earth's Children (Paperback)

By (author) Jean M. Auel

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  • Publisher: Bantam USA
  • Format: Paperback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 107mm x 170mm x 41mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 31 July 1997
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0553250426
  • ISBN 13: 9780553250428
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 4,028

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The 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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Jean M. Auel is an international phenomenon. Her Earth's Children(R) series has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide and includes "The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of Horses, The Mammoth Hunters, The Plains of Passage, The Shelters of Stone, " and "The Land of Painted Caves." Her extensive research has earned her the respect of archaeologists and anthropologists around the world. She has honorary degrees from four universities and was honored by the French government's Ministry of Culture with the medal of an "Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters." She lives with her husband, Ray, in Oregon.

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By Ines 08 Nov 2011 4

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 Lisette Muratore 17 Sep 2011 4

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.

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"Imaginative, exciting." --"The New York Times Book Review ""Jean Auel has performed a minor miracle." --"San Francisco Chronicle " "From the Trade Paperback edition."

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This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel's magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves The Clan of the Cave Bear. A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blond, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly--she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza's way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.