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.
Book #1 of this facinating series. Set in pre-historic times. Five year old orphaned Ayla is adopted by a clan of people who are vastly different from her people. Although deeply loved by her adopted mother, other members of the Clan fear & hate her because of her differences. Ayla must try to bend to the Clan's wishes, but finds it difficult.
I read this book three times before deciding to part with it. I read the entire series but love the first one the best. The movie never did it justice. Her attention to detail and the female protagonist made it a very pleasurable read. More than once.
I found this series by pure fluke, I happen to see the 2sd book in the series(Valley of Horses) on my step mothers book shelf. I saw that there was another book before it so I found it (Clan)-wanting to read the series in order-and started reading, it is such a great book that I didn't hardly put it down until it was finished and then I couldn't get to the next book soon enough!
Jean Auel is such an amazing writer, I have never found another writer like her before. She puts in so much detail to her books that while reading them you feel as though you really are there. There are times when reading the series that I feel like so much a part of the story that I almost expect to look up and see some of the people in the book. She writes her books so that while reading them it almost plays like a movie your head.
In all of her books in this series I have felt just about every emotion that you can think of, laughter and happiness, tears and sorrow, hate and anger, and love.
Really intriguing, couldn't wait to read the next one.
the best book of the series..this is a little aged
Interesting, thrilling and I can read it over and over again!
This is one of my favorite books, I reread the whole series about every three years or so. When I first read this book there was no series, I have read the series every time a new book was published. They are so vivid and real that they are like a wonderful movie in my mind.
What an interesting book.
This book didn't have an ISBN#. It is in good condition with it's dust cover.
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. The tall, blonde, blue-eyed Ayla is a mysterious stranger to the clan and at first they mstrust her and cast her out. But as she grows to know them and learn the way s of the clan, she is welcomed. As as she leads them in their struggle for survival, the clan comes to worship Ayla. For in her blood flows the furter of humanity.
From the inside dust jacket: "Here is a saga of a people who call themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear; how they lived; the animals they hunted; the great totems they revered. But mostly it is the story of Ayla, the girl they found and raised, who was not like them. To the Clan, her fair looks make her different-ugly. And she has odd ways: she laughts, she cries, she has the ability to speak. But even more, she struggles to be true to herself and, with her advanced intelligence, is curious about the world around her. Although Ayla is clearly a member of the Others, she is nurtured by her adoptive parents, befriended by members of the Clan, and gradually accepted into the family circle. But here are those who would cast her out for her strange, threatening ways.
So the conflict between the ancient Clan, bound by heredity to its traditions, and the girl in its midst, of a newer breed destined to alter the face of the earth, could never be resolved. And it is this same struggle that leads Ayla to venture where no Clan woman has ever before dared. Driven by destiny and the will to survive, Ayla breaks the forbidden taboo....
With its exquisite detail of a world that truly might have been, THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR is filled with awesome mystery and magic and infused with the drama of human survival. For it is a remarkable epic of one woman's odyssey in that crucial moment of evolution when two races, locked in a death grip, battle for their very existence."
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