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The Animal Wife
The Animal Wife
Author: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
The Animal Wife , which is set in Siberia 20,000 years ago, is a companion novel to Thomas's earlier Reindeer Moon (LJ 1/87). It depicts the life of the hunter-gatherer tribes of those plains through the story of Kori, a young male of the tribe. — While out hunting, Kori captures a woman from another tribe whom he names Muskrat. Their evolving re...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780671733230
ISBN-10: 0671733230
Publication Date: 7/1/1991
Pages: 316
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  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 17 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 2
I generally really enjoy my prehistoric fiction, but this one was unusual. Most books seem to take on a theme of how socially advanced ancient societies were,but this has a different slant. Two cultures with very defined social stuctures see the world and how to live in it very differently. The book focuses on the culture more foreign to our life, and threads in a culture more akin to our ideals. Left an impression I still feel. I did enjoy it. Being taken to new places and ideas is a goal of reading, I believe.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very accurate historically. The author is an anthropologist and she lived for years among primitive people. She has great insight into what prehistoric people might have experienced and how they may have interacted.

Of the two books, I liked Animal Wife best. You don't have to read them in any particular order, as each story stands alone quite nicely.
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