I love Jean Auel's books! Though she's not the most talented writer (I get the feeling there was a lot of time between writing sessions- she goes to a lot of trouble to say things she said numerous times before as if the reader is unable to remember something that happened just a few pages ago), her storyline is engrossing and her research into her subject is commendable. I had difficulty putting the book down despite the little annoyances of rereading the reason for this or that. Anybody wanting to read these novels should definitely read them in order, however. Though Auel will remind you again and again why Ayla does this or that as an adult, it makes a big difference experiencing it from the child Ayla's perspective in Clan of the Cave Bear. Happy reading!
This is one of my favorite series and this book is just wonderful! Although, even after reading it a 2nd time and more than ten years later, I still find Jondalar a whiner and he can really annoy me. However, Ayla is such an amazing heroine that it makes it all worth it!
This is a great book. I have read all of Jean M. Auel's books. They are a series of books that tell about a clan of people that live in caves, back when it was the only shelter they had. The series starts with the Clan of the Cave Bear. I have enjoyed reading them all and I can't wait for the last book, no. 6 in the series, which Jean is in the process of writing now. I give this book a 5 star review.
Book four in the Clan of the Cavebear series.
"With her companion, Jondalar, Ayla set out on her most dangerous and daring journey--away from the welcoming hearth of the Mammoth Hunters, and into the unknown. Their odyssey spans a beautiful but treacherous continent, the windswept grasslands of Ice Age Europe, casting the bold pair among strangers. Some will become friends, intrigued by Ayla's ways of taming wild horses and wolves. Others will become fierce enemies, threatened by what they cannot understand. But always the orphaned Ayla and the wandering Jondalar will heed the voice and vision that urges them on, deeper into the dark and spectacular heart of an unmapped world. For they are driven to reach that place on earth they can call home. Together, they hold their future in their hands."
Traveling with a man she loves, a wolf she raised from a pup, and horses she raised and taught to work with her, a young woman makes her way to a new world. There are ever present dangers and delays, but eventually still together they make it across the frozen glacier to a land of plenty. Here they will have a new home.
New York Times best seller. Book 4 in the Earth's Children series. This book continues the awesome saga of Ayla, a woman of early prehistoric times. This is a very pleasant romp through the Ice Ages. In this novel, Ayla leaves the safety of her tribe, the Mammoth Hunters, to travel across the continent of Europe during the dawn of mankind. She is accompanied by her horses, her wolf and her male companion, Jondalar. Together they experience many adventures as they seek a place to call their own. This series has become a world wide phenomenon. It is a must read for all ages. I have never read such an ambitious series and I don't think there has ever been another to compare. The epic begins with CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR. The Earth's Children series is a prehistoric "Gone With The Wind".
Kimberly B. reviewed The Plains of Passage (Earth's Children, Bk 4) on
Earth's Children is one of my all time favorite series. The life and adventures of Ayla, a woman living in prehistoric times. The author does a wonderful job of gettingyou involved with her life and making you care what happens to her. She bases her writing on arciological findings. I would recommend it highly (fourth book in series)
This is one of my favorite books, I reread the whole series about every three years or so. When I first read book #1 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.
Michelle A. reviewed The Plains of Passage (Earth's Children, Bk 4) on
This is the fourth book in the Earth's Children series. Ayla (the main character) lives in pre-civilization times. This book chronicles her journey with Jondalar to reach his home. I enjoyed it very much.
this is my favorite series. I love Ayla. She is an excellent role model. I'm posting this paperback as I've finally gotten a decent hardcover copy. I wore out the first book in the series. (mind you it was a worn copy to begin with...)
Jean M. Auel returns us to the captivating adventures of the courageous heroine called Ayla. With her companion, Jondalar, Ayla sets out on her most dangerous and daring journey-away from the welcoming hearth of the Mammoth Hunters and into the unknown. Their odyssey spans a beautiful but treacherous continent, the windswept grasslands of Ice Age Europe, casing the bold pair among strangers. Some will become friends, intrigued by Ayla's ways of taming wild horses and wolves. Others will become fierce enemies, threatened by what they cannot understand. But always the orphaned Ayla and the wandering Jondalar will heed the voice and vision that urges them on, deeper into the dark and spectacular heart of an unmapped world. For they are driven to reach that place of earth they can call home. Together, they hold their future in their hands.
Ayla and Jondalar's journey continues across ice age Europe where they sometimes meet people who are intrigued by them and their many skills for hunting, animal training, and healing and some are threatened by them. but Ayla and Jondalar brave the journey in an attempt to return to Jondalar's family.
I love this whole series. I do think that this book means more if you have read at least Books 2 and 3 of the Earth's Children series. If you are considering this book go back and start from the beginning. They are all great and it is a wonderful story. i cna't wait to read number 5 of the series.
Ayla and Jondalar continue their journey, accompanied by Whinny, Racer, and Wolf, closely observing the terrain and prudently, even inventively, developing "modern" techniques to deal with danger and evil. Perhaps most interesting is Ayla's triumph over the matriarchal despot Attaroa; the reverberating echoes of the women's movement's attendant strengths and weaknesses lend a nice touch of irony.