sharrona, February 7, 2013 (view all comments by sharrona)
Vast epic novel of the beginning of humanity. Could all of that progress really be compressed into the life of one mere woman -- Ayla? Although it stretches credibility, it's a well-told tale, and the beginning of a strong series.
Susan Stone, September 5, 2011 (view all comments by Susan Stone)
I love the detail Auel gives in her book. The research that must have been done for herbs, and how primitive people lived is amazing. The story came to life through her story. I'm hooked and will be reading the other books in her series.I would highly recommend this book.
jcluv1106, September 1, 2008 (view all comments by jcluv1106)
This story, is by far, the best one I have ever read. I tried to read it as a young teenager, but coulnd't really get into it. When I became about seventeen, and more mature, I couldn't put the book down. I have also read the Valley of the Horses, the second sequel to this first book, but none are as good as this one. I have yet to read the third and fourth book of this series, but I am looking forward to it, and wish I had a copy of this book, because I could read it over and over again!
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Jeane, February 10, 2008 (view all comments by Jeane)
Reading this book you feel like being plunged into another world; you can see the prehistoric jungle, the vast flora and fauna, the great beasts and brutality. The premise hinges on the idea that two early races briefly co-existed: Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon man. Auel portrays Neaderthals as being short, swarthy, dull and brutal, whereas the Cro-Magnon are tall, blonde, blue-eyed, intelligent and open-minded. The story is centered on the conflicts caused by their differences. A young Cro-Magnon child named Ayla is orphaned during an earthquake. She is found and adopted by a group of Neaderthals. As Ayla grows and matures, her differences become unmistakable. She challenges the authority of all the powerful men in the clan, friends and foes alike, simply by being a woman who is smarter than they are. Eventually her defiance of the Clan's way of life reaches a crisis, and they must decide whether to allow her to remain with them (and take advantage of her skills) or throw her out and rid themselves of the threat she poses. In spite of some unrealistic scenes, this book is full of rich descriptions. The wealth of detailed information on herbal lore, weapon making, cooking methods and other survival skills of primitive man are very interesting. There are many strong themes present in The Clan of the Cave Bear. Survival, acceptance, and what it means to be true to yourself. More than anything else, it is a story about human nature, the dynamics of power, and the strength of courage and love in the face of betrayal.
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A stunning epic that has stirred the imagination of millions of readers, "The Clan of the cave Bear" tells the story of the orphaned Ayla and her struggle to fit in and survive after her own tribe is killed by an earthquake.
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