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The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children) (original 1982; edition 2001)

by Jean M. Auel

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Title:The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children)
Authors:Jean M. Auel
Info:Crown (2001), Hardcover, 512 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:historical fiction, ancient

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The Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel (1982)

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There are parts to this book that are atrocious, and parts that are wonderful. Similar to Clan of the Cave Bear, I particularly enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the landscape, flora and fauna of Upper Paleolithic Europe. Ayla is an intriguing character; her struggles and obstacles were riveting. Jondalar's struggles....not so much. Certain aspects of the story are so unbelievable it is almost laughable. Ayla accumulated quite a miraculous number of inventions and cultural innovations, well ahead of what is historically accurate, such as horse domestication. ( )
  abergsman | Mar 20, 2018 |
This is my favorite of the series. Ayla is resourceful, intelligent, and aware of herself, and I like her character best in this setting. ( )
  SMBrick | Feb 25, 2018 |
Book 2
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
really enjoyed this series ( )
  longhorndaniel | Jul 19, 2017 |
The Earth's Children series are my guilty pleasure and I haul them out to read them every couple of years or so.

A young girl is found after an earthquake and rescued by a pre-historic tribe. She is well-treated but considered an oddity because of her appearance. She learns the ways of the medicine woman, she learns to hunt, she has a child. Not everyone loves Ayla, however, and she is forced to leave the tribe and her child and make her own way.

A young man is journeying with his brother. They encounter several tribes along the way, settling down with them and learning skills from them until leaving to resume their journey. The brother dies along the way from a cave lion attack that leaves Jondolar severely injured. He is rescued and nursed back to health by Ayla, who has settled down in a nearby cave with only the animals she has managed to domesticate for company.

At this point, the series becomes a little like a Harlequin Romance against a pre-historic backdrop. Boy and girl meet and fall in love. Neither is able to articulate their feeling for eachother, leading to a series of misunderstandings. However, they are able to work together and between them manage to invent most of the significant developments of the Stone Age. Eventually, they realize that their feelings for eachother are mutual.

Ayla and Jondolar continue their journey together. They meet many other people along the way. There continue to be misunderstandings, breakups and reconciliations. The most interesting thing about these books are the descriptions of the lives and customs, the ceremonies and festivals of these stone age people.

I really like the whole series and will probably continue to re-read them every few years or so. ( )
  EvelynBernard | Apr 11, 2017 |
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This unforgettable odyssey into the distant past carries us back to the awesome mysteries of the exotic, primeval world of The Clan of the Cave Bear, and to Ayla, now grown into a beautiful and courageous young woman.

Cruelly cast out by the new leader of the ancient Clan that adopted her as a child, Ayla leaves those she loves behind and travels alone through a stark, open land filled with dangerous animals but few people, searching for the Others, tall and fair like herself. The short summer gives her little time to look, and when she finds a sheltered valley with a herd of hardy steppe horses, she decides to stay and prepare for the long glacial winter ahead. Living with the Clan has taught Ayla many skills but not real hunting. She finally knows she can survive when she traps a horse, which gives her meat and a warm pelt for the winter, but fate has bestowed a greater gift, an orphaned foal with whom she develops a unique kinship. One winter extends to more; she discovers a way to make fire more quickly and a wounded cave lion cub joins her unusual family, but her beloved animals don’t fulfill her restless need for human companionship. Then she hears the sound of a man screaming in pain. She saves tall, handsome Jondalar, who brings her a language to speak and an awakening of love and desire, but Ayla is torn between her fear of leaving her valley and her hope of living with her own kind.

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Second in the acclaimed Earth's Children series. Ayla leaves those she loves behind and travels alone through a stark open land filled with dangerous animals but few people, searching for the Others, tall and fair like herself.

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