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Librarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found hereThe Clan of the Cave Bear is the start of Jean M Auel's epic Earth's Children series When her parents are killed by an earthuake five year old Ayla wanders through the forest completely alone Cold hungry and badly injured by a cave lion the little girl is as good as gone until she is discovered by a group who call themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear This clan left homeless by the same disaster has little interest in the helpless girl who comes from the tribe they. Ms Auel there are some things I’d like to talk to you about Be warned I’m uite 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 grotesue and cartoonish in his evildoing I knew no real harm would ever come Ayla’s way she would survive it all and meanwhile invent an iPhone It’s all ok it’s comfort reading after all It’s the writing I had many different problems with First of all – point of view The plentiful supply of drinking water kept dehydration from making its dangerous contribution to hypothermia the lowering of body temperature that brought death from exposure but she was getting weakI’m sorry what It’s 35000 BC I don’t want to hear things like ‘hypothermia’ or ‘diuretic’ or ‘evolution’ I didn’t need that foreshadowing of the 20th century I wanted a story as seen through the eyes of prehistorical people and I’d seriously take anything the author threw my way there would be no limits to my suspension of disbelief But since I had that constant running commentary that sounded like something from a BBC documentary I was forced to get out the story and look at it from a dispassionate modern point of view which inevitably led me to the conclusion that half of it was unbelievable bollocks All those primitive people with almost no frontal lobes and speech limited by undeveloped vocal organs but with huge brains—larger than any race of man then living or future generations yet unborn—were uniue They were the culmination of a branch of mankind whose brain was developed in the back of their heads in the occipital and the parietal regions that control vision and bodily sensation and store memoryNo You can’t put paragraphs like that in a STORY Did you copy it from an encyclopedia You're confusing research with copy pastingThe narrative finally jumped the shark when it implied that Neanderthal women were scared of learning new things because with their hereditary memory yeah me neither their children would keep having larger and larger heads which eventually would lead to difficult births and higher infant and mother mortality rate ergo decline of the race and evolutionary cul de sac No I’m serious And here is why Broud the villain hates Ayla but the real problem was she was not Clan Her brain followed different paths her full high forehead that housed forward thinking frontal lobes gave her an understanding from a different viewYes He hated her because of her forward thinking frontal lobes But when Auel gives the voice to Ayla her stream of conscience is even worse than the droning of the main narrator It’s like listening to someone on amphetamines I’ll dig some roots on the way back Iza says the roots are good for Creb’s rheumatism too I hope the fresh cherry bark will help Iza’s cough She’s getting better I think but she’s so skinny Uba’s getting so big and heavy Iza shouldn’t lift her at all Maybe I’ll bring Uba with me next time if I can I’m so glad we didn’t have to give her to Oga She’s really starting to talk now It’ll be fun when she gets a little bigger and we can go out together Look at those pussy wi

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The Clan of the Cave BearRefer to as the Others Only their medicine woman sees in Ayla a fellow human worthy of care She painstakingly nurses her back to health a decision that will forever alter the physical and emotional structure of the clan Although this story takes place roughly 35000 years ago its cast of characters could easily slide into any modern tale The members of the Neanderthal clan ruled by traditions and taboos find themselves challenged by this outsider who represents the physically modern Cro Magnons And as Ayla begins to grow an. 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 could work hard and provide” Another would say to his young son “is that how you skin a kill Here let me show you how it is done” Human nature does not changeAnd so we come to Jean Auel’s magnificent anthropological narrative of a young Cro Magnon girl orphaned by her family and raised by a group of Neanderthals This read like a study of the group similar to Jared Diamond or Thor Heyerdahl where she is an omnipresent and omniscient narrator of the life and times of Ayla as she grows up with the clan of Neanderthals close relatives of humans but distinct and different Auel masterfully creates a glimpse onto their complex social structures and group dynamics and describes Neanderthals with an instinctive racial memoryApart from the clearly well researched and thoughtful scientific examination of Neanderthal society with a fairly complicated social structure and theological underpinnings Auel also tells a fascinating story My only criticism would be the ending which is somewhat predictable but also truncated with a deus ex machina that wraps things up just too neatly All in all an excellent book that makes me want to read the other books in her Earth Children series

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The Clan of the Cave Bear Free download ¼ 104 À Librarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found hereThe Clan of the Cave Bear is the start of Jean M Auel's epic Earth's Children series When her parents are killed by an earthuake five year old Ayla wanders through the forest completely alone Cold hungry and badly injured by a cD mature her natural tendencies emerge putting her in the middle of a brutal and dangerous power struggleAlthough Jean Auel obviously takes certain liberties with the actions and motivations of all our ancestors her extensive research into the Ice Age does shine through especially in the detailed knowledge of plants and natural remedies used by the medicine woman and passed down to Ayla Mostly though this first in the series of four is a wonderful story of survival Ayla's personal evolution is a compelling and relevant tale. 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 readSadly this book does not contain that taleInstead 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 everythingThis is a white man's burden fantasy writ large and not writ very well