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Les enfants de la Terre (1) : Le Clan de l'ours des cavernes (original 1980; edition 1994)

by Jean M. Auel

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Title:Les enfants de la Terre (1) : Le Clan de l'ours des cavernes
Authors:Jean M. Auel
Info:Traduction de : The clan of the cave bear Titre d'ensemble : Les enfants de la terre 1 Publication : Paris : Pocket, 2012 Description matérielle : 537 p. : couv. ill. en coul. ; 18 cm Collection : Pocket ; 3260 Précédemment paru sous le titre : "Ayla, l'enfant de la terre"
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The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel (1980)

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An interesting take on the potential interactions between Neanderthals and homo sapiens, Auel's portrayal of Ayla is rich in character development. Auel doesn't skimp on the complexity and harshness of the Ice Age world, which is capable of equally amazing and brutal actions. A must read for anyone who loves historical fiction. ( )
  bdtrump | May 9, 2015 |
This is one of those books that sucks you in from the start. I enjoyed feeling a part of the time that the story is told in, and learning about how things were done. I did not notice the typographical errors that some other reviewers have commented on.

The story really does take you to a different time, allowing you to feel like you are there. I could smell the smell the woolly mammoth on the big hunt, and felt the shock of the other clan members when Ayla took out the sling and saved the little one's life. I could feel the isolation when she was sent away, and shed a tear at her sadness when her family was gone. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to be transported in their reading and wants to feel a part of what they are reading. ( )
  destinyisntfree | Feb 28, 2015 |
This is one of those books that sucks you in from the start. I enjoyed feeling a part of the time that the story is told in, and learning about how things were done. I did not notice the typographical errors that some other reviewers have commented on.

The story really does take you to a different time, allowing you to feel like you are there. I could smell the smell the woolly mammoth on the big hunt, and felt the shock of the other clan members when Ayla took out the sling and saved the little one's life. I could feel the isolation when she was sent away, and shed a tear at her sadness when her family was gone. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to be transported in their reading and wants to feel a part of what they are reading. ( )
  destinyisntfree | Feb 28, 2015 |

A childhood favorite re-visited.

Is the story as good as I remember? Yes

What ages would I recommend it too? Twenty one and up.

Length? A week to read.

Characters? Memorable, several characters.

Setting? Real world, prehistorical.

Written approximately? 1980.

Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? Yes.

Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? No.

Short storyline: Ayla, a young modern human, is raised by the neanderthals. Some rather stereotypical characters, especially the male group member who continuously, and with the group's consent, rapes her before sending her out to die. This novel is not appropriate for teens.

Notes for the reader: This is the only one that deals with rape as acceptable. The rest of the novels are good, and have a lot of historical accuracy. However, they all contain more sex than necessary for a good story. ( )
  AprilBrown | Feb 25, 2015 |
Loved this when it came out, but it's not a book I'd re-read. ( )
  AntT | Jan 24, 2015 |
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From the back of the book:Here is a novel of awesome beauty and power. A moving saga about people, relationships and boundaries of love. Through Jean Auel’s magnificent storytelling, we are taken back to the dawn of mankind nd swept up in the wonderful world of a very special heroine, Ayla. Her enthralling story is one we can all share. A natural disaster had 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 woman far different from her own people. The tall blond, blue eyes Ayla is a mysterious stranger to the Clan and at first they mistrust her and cast her out. But as she grows to know them and learn the ways of the clan, she is welcomes. And as she leads them in the struggles for survival, the clan comes to worship Ayla. For in her blood flows the future of humanity.

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When her parents are killed by an earthquake, 5-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, have little interest in the helpless girl who comes from the tribe they refer 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 35,000 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 and mature, her natural tendencies emerge, putting her in the middle of a brutal and dangerous power struggle.

Although 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. --Sara Nickerson

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Twenty years ago The Clan of the Cave Bear became a blockbuster, launching a bestselling saga. Beginning April 30, 2002, its success will reach all - new heights, with Crown's hardcover publication of the fifth volume in the story, The Shelters of Stone. The new hardcover, paired with Bantam's spring mass market repackaging and repromotion effort, will ensure that a whole new generation is introduced to this incredible epic. Summer delivers trade paperback editions of this contemporary classic, available for the first time ever. That means that all readers - and all booksellers - can get the novels in their format of choice. With momentum for these epics at its highest in over a decade, readers will yearn to discover the magic of Ayla's saga, or to refresh their memory of it. And one woman's odyssey, beginning at the dawn of time, will once again capture the imagination of millions. This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel's magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear. A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blond, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly - she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza's way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.… (more)

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