The Clan of the Cave Bear (Book #1 Earth’s Children Series)

Posted: July 7, 2013 in New Adult, Reviews
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Author: Jean M. Auel

Paperback, 479 pages

Published in 1980 by Random House, Inc.

Reader Category: Older

From the Publisher:  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 he 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.

My Review:  This is a moving tale of the struggle between the cave man of old and the more evolved human.  Ayla certainly struggles to fit into a clan that doesn’t have the capability to understand her strange ways.  For example, simple things like tears and a smile are completely foreign to the clan.  If not for Iza and Creb, Ayla would surely have been left for dead.  Not only are they her only hope for survival, but they are determined to teach her the ways of the Mog-ur, the medicine woman.  Although I found it hard to read at times because of the sheer brutality of the Clan, I couldn’t stop reading.

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