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Ayla und das Tal der Großen Mutter (original 1990; edition 2002)

by Jean M. Auel, Jean M. Auel (Author)

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Title:Ayla und das Tal der Großen Mutter
Authors:Jean M. Auel
Other authors:Jean M. Auel (Author)
Info:Heyne (2002), Taschenbuch, 953 pages
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Review: The Plains of Passage by Jean M. Auel. This is the fourth book to Jean Auel’s Earth’s Children Series. The reason I enjoy this series is because it was so long ago that I read it that I wanted to read the adventures of Ayla and Jondalar from a different viewpoint. I love adventure, the Stone Age era, the characters, their culture, and the creative way things where made back then. Jean Auel gives so much research information of that era that just fascinates me. The writing is very descriptive and that has always been a highlight in her books. Some of the environment descriptions are a bit too much at times but that’s what kept me turning the pages. This book starts out with Jondalar and Ayla taking a long journey across many miles of treacherous terrain while heading back to Jondalar’s home, the People of the Zelandonii’s. They headed west to get back to the Great Mother River which they followed all the way to the west end. Along the way they met several different types of people, many were friendly, and they made new friends. They also came across some trouble with another group of people who were led by a female xenia-type warrior leader who hated men and kept them in a cage like structure with little food, less water and no warm clothing for the winter months. These men were so abused that they were dying off slowly day by day. Plus, Jondalar was one of her captives for a while until Ayla spoilt of the women’s barbaric events when she rode into the S’Armunai camp on horseback to rescue Jondalar. There was more to that scene which was interesting and Ayla justified the events their leader was holding over her group of women warriors. In between some of the adventurous there were some graphic scenes of Ayla and Jondalar having what they called Pleasures….Within other scenes Ayla was considered a healer and helped many people along the way. It was amazing that back then they used datura, wormwood, and chamomile which I even heard my grandmother used during her lifetime. It’s a good story with a feeling of being part of it covering human issues that would not go away, being forgotten, bigotry, hatred, weakness, honor, love and the whole host of human conditions and how they started….. The ending was a special surprise…..! ( )
  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
Wasn't sure I was going to like returning to the Stone Age, but got completely drawn in. I enjoyed Auel's periodic geologic and botanical commentary and was very impressed with Ayla and Jondalar's creativity and inventiveness. ( )
  Lylee | Apr 3, 2016 |
Far too much time spent describing the scenery. ( )
  Karin7 | Jan 20, 2016 |
I like this series, but this volume would be better if a lot of the repetition were removed. 20-25% less would be a lot better.I think it could easily be done without losing any plot. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | May 23, 2015 |
I would give this one star, but every so often there's a couple passages that I find genuinely interesting. There's no sugar coating it this time, The Plains of Passage is overwritten, oversexed, and hopelessly redundant in many places. Ayla and Jondalar have all the same conversations dozens of times over to the point of nausea.

The charm that was The Clan of the Cave Bear is dead. Dead and buried. Ayla has become a demigod superhero of a protagonist with virtually no flaws, a superhuman intellect, and excessively ridiculous ability to amaze everyone she meets. Jondalar, on the other hand, is wanted by virtually everyone, yet seems incapable of learning anything new. The character development and tension of Book 1 is replaced by a work that could have been written in 100 pages, yet was stretched into 700.

This book made me depressed to the point that I wouldn't continue onward in Ayla's journey...but at the same time, I'm almost to the finish line. Who knows, maybe I'll just read 1 in every 10 pages and count my losses?

Jean Auel is too talented for this. ( )
  bdtrump | May 9, 2015 |
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Jean M. Auelprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burr, SandraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eklöf, MargaretaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kattelus, KirstiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ohinmaa, TiinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rantanen, AulisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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the last to come home,
whose namesake appears in these pages,

and for MICHAEL,
who looks forward with her,
with love.

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The woman caught a glimpse of movement through the dusty haze ahead and wondered if it was the wolf she had seen loping in front of them earlier.
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French language editions are published in two volumes: Le Grand Voyage and Le retour d'Ayla. Do not combine these.
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blurb: 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, 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 him. Together, they hold their future in their hands.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553381652, Paperback)

Jean M. Auel’s enthralling Earth’s Children® series has become a literary phenomenon, beloved by readers around the world. In a brilliant novel as vividly authentic and entertaining as those that came before, Jean M. Auel returns us to the earliest days of humankind and to the captivating adventures of the courageous woman called Ayla.

With her companion, Jondalar, Ayla sets out on her most dangerous and daring journey--away from the welcoming hearths of the Mammoth Hunters and into the unknown. Their odyssey spans a beautiful but sparsely populated and treacherous continent, the windswept grasslands of Ice Age Europe, casting the pair among strangers. Some will be intrigued by Ayla and Jondalar, with their many innovative skills, including the taming of wild horses and a wolf; others will avoid them, threatened by what they cannot understand; and some will threaten them. But Ayla, with no memory of her own people, and Jondalar, with a hunger to return to his, are impelled by their own deep drives to continue their trek across the spectacular heart of an unmapped world to find that place they can both call home.

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As Ayla and Jondalar travel across Ice Age Europe they encounter savage enemies and brave friends in their search for a place they can call home.

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