[i]The Clan of the Cave Bear[/i] is the first in Jean Auels [i]Earths Children[/i] series, and its an exciting way to begin. The book is a coming-of-age story for a young girl, Ayla, living during the Ice Age who is orphaned during an Earthquake. Ayla is adopted by The Clan of the Cave Bear, although she clearly is not Clan, as she looks, acts, and communicates very differently. The story is clearly a work of fantasy, as there are obvious factual inaccuracies; however, the quality of Auels writing makes it easy to become absorbed in the story and forget reality.
Aylas tale is on of moving from childhood to adulthood, Auel masterfully weaves vivid details about the setting, while keeping the reader engaged in the plot. Each character in the novel goes through his or her own individual struggle because of Aylas difference, yet because of the Auels writing style, it is easy for the reader to understand why each character is faced with difficult choices, rather than automatically siding with the main character. There is also depth to the descriptions that Auel uses, which makes it easy to understand the love between Ayla and her adopted parentsCreb and Izathe intensity of Brouds hatred toward Ayla, and the heart wrenching pain that is inflicted upon her.
Overall, the book is a fairly easy, but very captivating read.
This book is so good I could not put it down, had to read it nonstop in a weekend-just to see what happens in the clan next! This writer is like you are really there living in this clan with these people. Now I know after resting my eyes and getting a few chores done-that in the next 2 days I will be drawn to the 2nd book in the series. Written in a seriously compelling way and the rich descriptive narrative ,the most enjoyable reading. Wow!!!!
I read a lot of books and this was one of my favorites. The story stays with you for many years. It is rich in detail of how the earth was after the ice age. The rest of the books have great discriptions also. All in all, it's a great series of one woman's struggles and journey to find her people.
I enjoyed this first book of the series. I read it long ago however rereading it, well it was like a new story. I knew what had to happen but all the details were like new. I highly recommend reading it again for those that read it before. The main character is wonderfully developed. There is so much detail about the countryside it made it feel very real.
This is a epic you cant miss, even if it isn't in the genre that you normally read. This series is captivation-every last one in the series. Jean Auel's writting is so fluid, you forget your reading a book and are there. My favorite series! Don't miss this one.