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The Mammoth Hunters by Jean M. Auel

The Mammoth Hunters (1985)

by Jean M. Auel

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Series: Earth's Children (3)

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Totally consuming - great and strong characters - vivid description of the action and the environment ( )
  Kathy_Dyer | Jul 27, 2015 |
Two stars might be generous here, but I do have to give Auel credit for having a broad imagination. She's clearly a gifted writer, but her editor should have been more proactive in cutting this one down.

To begin with, this book was entirely overwritten. Over 800 pages of material that should have been 400 or less - and the filler was just painful. I appreciate the attempt to show how daily life works in this author's interpretation of Prehistory, but there's only so much I can take of Ayla's love triangle, the preparation of food and clothing, and various other minutiae. Not only that, but Ayla has become utterly uninteresting. In the first and second novels, she was complicated, interesting, and above all else a character that the reader could relate to. In The Mammoth Hunters, she's the object of all adoration, discussion, contemplation, and desire. She can do no wrong....literally. The world simply doesn't work this way - nobody is perfect or all-knowing.

I read this book out of a continuing admiration for Clan of the Cave Bear, but this is getting a little out of hand - this book was more of an awkward romance series with static characters rather than a survivalistic view of early man and Neanderthals. I'll probably read the next in the series as well, but my optimism for something refreshing and entertaining is almost entirely gone.

2/5 for an imaginative world, yet serious, serious character development flaws, extreme overwriting, and having to force myself through awkward dialogue for hundreds of pages.

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  bdtrump | May 9, 2015 |
Disappointingly, not as good as Clan of the Cave Bear. ( )
  AntT | Jan 24, 2015 |
I was soooo disappointed to read this after soooo looking forward to it. ( )
  AntT | Jan 24, 2015 |
I was soooo disappointed to read this after soooo looking forward to it. ( )
  AntT | Jan 24, 2015 |
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Jean M. Auelprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burr, SandraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hakala, ErkkiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mörling, MikaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rostant, LarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Marshall, who has become a man to be proud of, and for Beverly, who helped, and for Christopher, Brian and Mellissa, with Love.
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Trembling with fear, Ayla clung to the tall man beside her as she watched the strangers approach.
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Once again Jean. M. Auel opens the door of time to reveal an age of wonder and terror at the dawn of humanity. With all the consummate storytelling artistry and vivid authenticity she brought to The Clan of the Cave Bear and it’s sequel The Valley of Horses, Jean M. Auel continues this breathtaking epic journey of a woman called Ayla. Now with her devoted Jondalar, Ayla boldly sets forth into the land of the Mamutoi - the Mammoth Hunters, the Others she has been seeking. Though Ayla must learn their strange customs and language, it is because of her uncanny hunting and healing skills that she is adopted into the Mammoth hearth. Here Ayla finds her first woman friends, and painful memories of the clan she left behind. Here too is Renac, the dark skinned, magnetic master career of ivory tusks to whom Ayla is irresistibly drawn - setting Jondalar on fire with jealousy. Through the icy winter, Ayla is torn between her two men. But soon will come the great spring mammoth hunt, when Ayla must choose her mate and her destiny - to remain in the hearth with Ranec, or to follow Jondalar into a far off place and an unknown future.
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Once again Jean M. Auel opens the door of a time long past to reveal an age of wonder and danger at the dawn of the modern human race. With all the consummate storytelling artistry and vivid authenticity she brought to The Clan of the Cave Bear and its sequel, The Valley of Horses, Jean M. Auel continues the breathtaking epic journey of the woman called Ayla.

Riding Whinney with Jondalar, the man she loves, and followed by the mare’s colt, Ayla ventures into the land of the Mamutoi--the Mammoth Hunters. She has finally found the Others she has been seeking. Though Ayla must learn their different customs and language, she is adopted because of her remarkable hunting ability, singular healing skills, and uncanny fire-making technique. Bringing back the single pup of a lone wolf she has killed, Ayla shows the way she tames animals. She finds women friends and painful memories of the Clan she left behind, and meets Ranec, the dark-skinned, magnetic master carver of ivory, whom she cannot refuse--inciting Jondalar to a fierce jealousy that he tries to control by avoiding her. Unfamiliar with the ways of the Others, Ayla misunderstands, and thinking Jondalar no longer loves her, she turns more to Ranec. Throughout the icy winter the tension mounts, but warming weather will bring the great mammoth hunt and the mating rituals of the Summer Meeting, when Ayla must choose to remain with Ranec and the Mamutoi, or to follow Jondalar on a long journey into an unknown future.

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Ayla and Jondalar meet the Mamutoi-the Mammoth Hunters--people like Ayla. Ayla finds herself torn between the wildly jealous Jondalar and the master carver Ranec.

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