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The Clan of the Cave Bear (1980)

by Jean M. Auel

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Series: Earth's Children (1)

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Ayla, a tall, blond, blue-eyed girl lost her family in an earthquake. She is nurtured and protected by some members of the Clan, but there are those who would cast her out because of her strange and threatening ways. Ayla's adventures 25,000 years ago include details of the world as it might have been.… (more)
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    The Kin by Peter Dickinson (mene)
    mene: I thought "The Kin" was a bit similar to Jean M. Auel's "Earth's Children" series (book 1 being "The Clan of the Cave Bear"), though Dickinson's book is really targeted at children and it's also written from the childrens' viewpoints. The similarities are that both books take place in the prehistory (although CotCB a LOT later, around 35.000 years ago), both have clans of people who speak and clans who don't speak (and the speaking-people debating whether the non-speaking clans are really people or just people-like animals), and in both books the characters travel through the land. Both authors also describe the landscape very well, though in a different way. The differences are the target audience and consequently the events. In Dickinson's book, it's not really a problem if someone from the speaking-clan gets a child with someone from a non-speaking-clan, but this is a big problem in Auel's books.… (more)
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I think I've read this one about six times between my 12th and my 18th birthday. This book (together with [a:Thea Beckman|491820|Thea Beckman|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1233870609p2/491820.jpg]'s [b:Kruistocht in Spijkerbroek|3114666|Kruistocht in spijkerbroek|Thea Beckman|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1206654386s/3114666.jpg|959221]) fueled my love for history. ( )
  jd7h | Feb 18, 2024 |
While I enjoyed The Clan of the Cave Bear, I wish it weren't so obviously the first book in a series, as it ends abruptly (albeit exactly where it must) with the clear intention of continuing in additional novels which likely won't find their way onto my reading list. I admire Jean M. Auel's world-building and vision for her saga of the Clan and the Others, the competing species of prehistoric man struggling for survival on the Crimean Peninsula. Steeped in mythology and superstition, the Clan lack the cognitive power to comprehend the natural world. While they see sex as a natural part of life, they do not grasp its connection to reproduction. They are unable to count beyond three and cannot generalize (for example, they lack a word for tree, despite having words for elm and birch and other varieties found in their environment). Conversely, Others have the cognitive skills lacking in the Clan, which supplement their lesser physical strength.

The heroine of the novel, Ayla, is an Other cast into the world of the Clan at the age of five by an earthquake which wipes out her family and all the people she lives with. Ayla can be seen as a feminist archetype, caught between the patriarchal traditions of the Clan and her innate abilities and desires which drive her to participate in activities restricted to men. Ayla's struggle to suppress her superior skills in accordance with Clan traditions, and the Clan's inability to accept her as she is, continually threaten both her inclusion as part of the Clan and her survival.

The Clan of the Cave Bear is a conceptually interesting book. Occasionally, words spoken or thought by the primitive characters noticeably exceed their intellectual abilities, but the overall storytelling yields an entertaining—if incomplete—read. ( )
1 vote skavlanj | Jan 7, 2024 |
It was slow going at the beginning. So much so that I almost dnf'd it but I am so glad that I didn't. This is a really good book and I look forward to continuing the series in the future. ( )
  everettroberts | Oct 20, 2023 |
Pre-historical fiction. Each book got a little harder to believe, but the stories carried me along. ( )
  mykl-s | Aug 7, 2023 |
El clan del oso cavernario
Jean M. Auel
Publicado: 1980 | 528 páginas
Novela Aventuras Histórico
Serie: Los hijos de la tierra #1

En la última fase de la Era Glacial, cuando Neandertales y Cromañones compartían la tierra, Ayla, una niña Cromañón de 5 años, queda aislada de su tribu por culpa de un terremoto y es acogida por un grupo de Neandertales. Valiente e indomable la joven al principio inspira sorpresa, luego cautela y, por fin, es aceptada por parte del Clan. Iza, la curandera y Creb, el Hombre Santo, cuidan de ella. Ayla se interesa por las cacerías y los preparativos de las armas, algo que está prohibido a las mujeres y que ella, no obstante, domina con maestría.
  libreriarofer | Jul 13, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Auel, Jean M.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bacon, PaulCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burr, SandraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Emerling, JohnPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Filancia, CamillaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hakala, ErkkiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hazenberg, AnneliesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
HirokoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mörling, MikaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sandberg-Ciletti, MechtildTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Simonsen, HelgeOvers.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ayla, a tall, blond, blue-eyed girl lost her family in an earthquake. She is nurtured and protected by some members of the Clan, but there are those who would cast her out because of her strange and threatening ways. Ayla's adventures 25,000 years ago include details of the world as it might have been.

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Ayla a un fils
issu du Clan et des Autres.
Ayla doit partir

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