The Clan of the Cave Bear

The Clan of the Cave Bear 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 h

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 naturThis 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.

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  1. Jean M Auel, n e Jean Marie Untinen is an American author best known for her Earth s Children books, a series of historical fiction novels set in prehistoric Europe that explores interactions of Cro Magnon people with Neanderthals As of 2010 her books have sold than 45 million copies worldwide, in many translations Auel attended University of Portland, and earned an MBA in 1976 She received honorary degrees from her alma mater, as well as the University of Maine and the Mount Vernon College for Women She and her husband, Ray Bernard Auel, have five children and live in Portland, Oregon.

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  1. The thing that strikes me most about her work is that every time there s a new discovery about how paleolithic people lived, it goes along with her stories Things they said were silly back when she wrote it Neanderthals with instruments, Neanderthals living with homo sapiens sapiens, and the like keep proving true She presents interesting ideas of cognition, culture and how societies develop The first two books are her best I think The rest remain interesting if you can deal with the constant re [...]

  2. Ms Auel, there are some things I d like to talk to you about Be warned I m quite angry because I keep reading your books for some bizarre reason and I cringe and tear my hair out in despair See, you had a good story there a little Cro Magnon orphan girl found and raised by Neanderthals I didn t even care she turned out to be the smartest, most beautiful, ingenious little thing and the villain in the story was almost grotesque and cartoonish in his evildoing I knew no real harm would ever come Ay [...]

  3. I once read an article from National Geographic in which the author had spent some time living with a Stone Age tribe in Africa The people were a studied anachronism, living in modern times, but within a carefully maintained atavistic society of hunting and gathering Most endearing of this study was the author s observations about the interactive dialogue amongst the members of the tribe One wife would say to her husband, another woman has three beads, I only have two, I wish I had a husband who [...]

  4. This was a great pick I thoroughly enjoyed this read Set during prehistoric times, Ayla s Home and her family are lost to a devastating earthquake Homeless and alone she wanders the land, barely surviving, until she is found by Iza a member of The Clan Ayla struggles to fit in and to be accepted by The Clan, its customs foreign to her Their treatment of women being the main hurdle all women are below men in status, expected to cook for the men, never to ignore a direct order from a man and certa [...]

  5. Note, March 25, 2014 I edited this review slightly just now, to delete one accidental dittography Hmmm, I thought I d proofread this Auel s Earth s Children series this opening volume was followed by, so far, four sequels garners mixed and mostly negative reviews here on Though none of them have reviewed it, a dozen of my friends have given it ratings, ranging from one star to five Obviously, my own reaction falls at the favorable end of the spectrum.Ayla, of course, is a Cro Magnon i.e an anato [...]

  6. Circa 30,000 years ago in the lands surrounding the broad Black Sea , in future Europe, a cataclysmic event occurred, not very unusual there, but still to the superstitious Ice Age people , a devastating occurrence A family of Cro Magnons, the first modern humans, our direct ancestors, were wiped out, near a small river, all except a little girl named Ayla , just five, she liked to sneak away and jump joyously into the stream, at dawn, a swimmer before the child could walk The shaking soil and r [...]

  7. I really wanted to dig this book I have a burgeoning obsession with prehistory, evolution, and the antecedents of man, and a tale of Cro Magnons and Neanderthals is exactly what I d love to read.Sadly, this book does not contain that tale.Instead, it s a goopy mess of inane metaphysics, prurience for prurience s sake, and a none too subtle dollop of racism, as the blonde haired and light skinned heroine shows the primitive and darker skinned Neanderthals how to do well, just about everything.Th [...]

  8. This book and the series that follows is endearing, troublesome, and whole heartedly compassionate This is the book my grandmother read to me as a little girl during the middle of a tornado, while we waited out the storm by candlelight This is the book that started me reading really reading I learned that I can love my quiet time, and apparently I love stories on the ancient human race our beginnings The ways of survival, ways of development, natural medicine, culture and anthropology The flavor [...]

  9. Where do I even start In a tale that defies biology, geology, common sense and all belief, Jean M Auel introduces us to a particularly disturbing self insert in the form of Ayla, a Cro Magnon girl who is raised by a tribe of doltish Neanderthals.Not only is Ayla strong, beautiful though she considers herself ugly and believes that nobody could ever love her and talented, she s also a virtual genius Over the course of the series she invents or discovers the spear thrower, basket weaving, superior [...]

  10. Suddenly, with a magician s flourish, he produced a skull He held it high over his head with his strong left arm and turned slowly around in a complete circle so each man could see the large, distinctive, high domed shape The men stared at the cave bear s skull glowing whitely in the flickering light of the torches.Contemporary anthropology can be pretty confusing, and science may have disproved some of what s on display here, but this novel does feel like it was well researched at any rate, so [...]

  11. I loved this book when I was a teen Indirectly, it lead to my pursuit of a BA in Anthropology Perhaps it is that Anthropology degree that has rendered the book unreadable for me 25 years later.

  12. A disappointment The concept is interesting, especially in light of recent archaeological evidence suggesting that Neandertals and Cro Magnons anatomically modern humans may have interbred However, the execution is extremely poor The pacing is uneven, the prose is so flowery it hurts, and the characters are flat Some other things that bothered me The author has the tendency to info dump , frequently disrupting the flow of the story to deliver lengthy descriptions of plants, rocks, characters app [...]

  13. You know whatis has been on my to read list for years years and years and years, and yet I only just got to itWELLIt was worth the wait This is the story of a young child called Ayla who is born over 35,000 years ago during Neanderthal and Cro Magnon times Ayla is a Cro Magnon who is adopted by a group of Neanderthal people when they find her stranded and abandoned after heavy snowfall and a great Earthquake Ayla has managed to get to a Cave where she was chased by but evaded a Cave Lion Many of [...]

  14. This was a fantastic book I read it in 7th grade, and was absolutely obsessed with it which is nothing less than stunning, because at that age most books that lacked dragons weren t worth my time In a way its perfect for around that age, because its all about struggling for acceptance and trying to learn the social norms of a society But really, everybody has dealt with those issues, and will be able to empathize with the characters And the setting is so unique, the writing so vibrant, that I im [...]

  15. Ayla was a woman, and she had courage than you determination, self control Ayla is a five year old child when an earthquake forces her to flee her destroyed home and her dead parents Iza, the medicine woman of the Clan of the Cave Bear, stumbles upon her and takes her under her wing, but Broud, the proud son of the clan leader, Brun, takes an immediate disliking to the young non Clan girl Ayla grows up among the clan and struggles to find her place.I ve heard so much about this series of books [...]

  16. It was long and maybe just a little too descriptive at times but incredibly creative I couldn t put it down Also, I listened to the audiobook Narrator was okay, but read a bit fast and with without enough inflection at times this got better as the story progressed All in all a fabulous read Looking forward to book two.

  17. This book was powerful for me It brought to life a world disappeared by than 10,000 years Ayla is such an inspiration and strong woman I love her dedication to life and to her tribe and to herself I love that she became a medicine woman This book is one of a kind.

  18. 2.5 This book is not for everyone It certainly wasn t for me.It is astonishingly brutal in the description of both human endurance and cruelty The story is compelling and once you started it, you ll want to follow it to the end just so you can see what happens to the little orphan girl But you may feel the need at times to alternately roll your eyes, hurl the book across the room, or punch something If there is one thing this book does well, it is to bring out negative emotions in the readers It [...]

  19. I came to The Clan of the Cave Bear at the Mission Viejo Library when the novel I d wanted next The Witching Hour by Anne Rice was out Wandering the hardcover fiction, a row of books at eye level with thick, colorful spines and the same author snared my attention Published in 1980, this bestseller launched five sequels, a maligned film adaptation in 1986 and became an industry onto Jean M Auel, whose published fiction has been dedicated solely to this Ice Age series.Set in the late Pleistocene E [...]

  20. Esta es una de esas historias amplias en cuanto a n mero de personajes, espacios y tiempo El nivel de detalle que alcanza lo hace un libro pausado y muy envolvente Nos regala una mirada, aunque ficticia, bastante desarrollada y justificada, de los que pudo ser la vida de nuestros primeros antepasados m s directos, siempre a trav s de una perspectiva familiar y cercana.Ayla, la protagonista, nos ofrece una visi n genial de las limitaciones del cerebro de los Neandertales con respecto al suyo prop [...]

  21. TRUE STORY reading Clan of the Cave Bear to augment one s understanding of the Upper Paleolithic era is like reading Playboy for the articles

  22. Frankly, Auel gets points simply for tackling this period, as I have not found any other books set around this era Very little is known about human culture in this period apart from a basic overview, let alone Neanderthal culture Particularly aspirations, values, and spiritual belief systems are the hardest to deduce from the material archaeological record Auel avoids the problem of getting into the complex details of culture by making the novel about character relationships than an exotic cult [...]

  23. So, I read this book in high school, and it was SO GOOD It s about this little girl Ayla who is left orphaned and alone during prehistoric times, then picked up and raised by Neanderthals They think she s ugly and weird, but in reality she is a stunningly beautiful, tall blonde leggy woman She just is living with a bunch of under evolved people who don t see it I think I loved this book because I imagined it was the same way in my life I am way hotter than people give me credit for, probably So [...]

  24. I reread this recently and decided to upgrade it to 5 stars The amount of research in this book is phenomenal and the plot better than I remembered Not only have I re learned loads of stuff about cavemen and cave ways, I ve also rediscovered Ayla, the main character, and found myself really liking her and caring for her So yeah, great reread OLIVIER DELAYEAuthor of the SEBASTEN OF ATLANTIS series

  25. My 7 Favorite read of 2013 A Unique and Entrancing 5 StarsWhen I am rating a book, I am internally comparing that book to other similar books in the genre and asking myself if it is on par with the best I have read For me, when it comes to rating what I deem to be Historical Fiction, 5 stars are a rarity It is my favorite genre and there is always a masterpiece to which it can be compared That said,The Clan of the Cave Bearhas no peers For me, this story explores a time that I have never explore [...]

  26. She was one of the Others a newer, younger breed, vital, dynamic, not controlled by hidebound traditions from a brain that was nearly all memory Her brain followed different paths, her full, high forehead that housed forward thinking frontal lobes gave her an understanding from a different point of view She could accept the new, shape it to her will, forge it into ideas undreamed of by the Clan, and, in nature s way, her kind was destined to supplant the ancient, dying race.This book has been [...]

  27. I ll never forget the first time I read this book I was in the 5th grade It was sitting around my house my mom is an English teacher, so we always had plenty of books lying around in various stages of reading completion and the synopsis on the back cover caught my attention Some pretty advanced themes for a 5th grader, as my teacher Mr Konezney mentioned to my mother upon seeing me read this book in school but it was my very first emotional connection to fictional characters Ayla, Creb, Brun I r [...]

  28. This story was great As I was reading I totally lost my self in the story The descriptions and well researched information took me back in time and I could almost hear the grunts, the crackle of the fire and smell the meat roasting Sometimes though, details were a little much and I felt anxious to get on with the story when the author was explaining the tedious steps involved in making a weapon or such things like that After finishing the book I have a yearning for simplicity I set out to enjoy [...]

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