by Jean M. Auel
Also by this author: The Valley of Horses
Published by Bantam Books
Genres: Fiction, Historical
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.
I IS IN LURVE WITH THIS BOOK. Pfft. With this series is more like it. Ever have one of those books where you are living the character’s lives? You FEEL what they feel? You are so convinced that they are real that you would stab someone in the pinky toe if they told you otherwise??
THAT. Is how I is feeling….
Even though YES, it’s not YA and NA, which is my blog’s genre, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity NOT to add this series to my blog. And YES, it has like 500 pages, and YES this amazing work of art was written in the freaking ’80’s, BUT. STILL. YO. But *shrugs* I believe we can step out of the box every now and then. If you prefer to blog about mini flame spitting cantaloupes, DO YO THANG.
But any who, I’m so excited to do this post because I’m so obsessed with this book, it’s so not even funny! This was the very first book I read ages ago that introduced me to the prehistoric genre. (Yes, yes it is a genre) It was translated into so many different languages, it was made into a MOVIE. I’ve yet to watch said movie, but still. YOU SHOULD READ THIS. Let’s see why. 😉
We are told this story through the eyes of little girl Ayla. (It’s kind of hard to explain, but basically she’s Cro-Magnon, meaning she’s a normal human like us.) YA’LL, this girl loses her family and is found sick and near death by cavemen.
We not only can SEE but can FEEL her struggles. (So many feels ya’ll) Ayla is an outcast for her whole life for not LOOKING or acting like the rest of the cavemen.
She lives her life dreadfully sad and lonely, wondering why she’s so different and questioning her very existence. Though heart wrenching, it’s also an eye opener that teaches about accepting yourself for who you are. There’s a shocker there at the end that you’re not going to want to miss.
†Ayla: I LOVE HER. I ADMIRE HER. SHE DA REALEST. She is by far the BEST and most inspiring heroine I’ve ever had the amazing and glorious pleasure of spending time with. She’s everything I ASPIRE TO BE: Strong, (ya’ll this girl is hella strong–> mentally and physically) she stays true to herself, she struggles (don’t we all?) BUT she learns from her trials and becomes such an amazing person.
†Iza: The medicine woman of the clan, A.K.A. Ayla’s adopted mom. She takes Ayla in and cares for her, additionally taking the place of her mother. I admire her so much for her strength and unconditional love for the ‘strange girl’ as the clan referred to Alya.
†Creb: He’s the scary magician of the clan. A.K.A. Ayla’s ‘dad-like figure’ Everyone is afraid of him because of the powers he possess and also because he has hideous scars all across his body and only has one arm and eye. –>He, in fact, is the realest as well.
†Brun: He’s the stoic leader of the clan. Nothing gets past him. LIKE. NOTHING. He was patient with Ayla even though she was strange to him. I loved to see his maturity through this book.
†Broud: YO, does someone have like a flaming shovel so I can whack this guy in the face with it? I needs one. I NEEDS ONE. For a caveman, he’s really HATEFUL and HORRIBLE towards Ayla. He picks on her, RAPES her and even BEATS her.
And guess the FRICK what??
Somehow all of this was okay, because that is their culture so somehow that makes it right?? That was the one thing I couldn’t stand in this book. EVERYTHING IS SO MIXED up in the ways they treat the women.
- A man can “have” whatever woman he wants at any time.
- Women have to kneel in front of the man and ask for an audience.
- They have to do WHATEVER the man asks, not if’s and’s or but’s.
I’m sorry ya’ll, if I lived during this era, I most likely would be an assassin because there is NO WAY IN HECK, I would allow someone to talk down on me.. it’s just…NO.
I MEAN… WHERE THEY DO THAT AT??
Like, I seriously can’t recommend this book to you any more! I know it’s kind of scary since it has so many pages, all the pesky descriptions, and the amount of books in the series, but believe me guys if you give this book a try, you SO won’t be saddened. I promise, you.
Over to you:
Have you guys ever ventured into the word of Prehistoric fiction? Any book recs.? Are you thinking about reading it or did I scare you off? What do you guys think about Broud? Or Ayla? TELL ME ALL, YO.