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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (23 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444709852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444709858
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jean M. Auel is one of the world's most esteemed and beloved authors. Her extensive factual research has earned her the respect of renowned scientists, archaeologists and anthropologists around the globe, culminating in her being made an Officer of the Order of Arts & Letters by the French Minister of Culture and Communication in 2008.

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The Clan of the Cave Bear is the start of Jean M Auel's epic Earth's Children series. When her parents are killed by an earthquake, five-year-old Ayla wanders through the forest completely alone. Cold, hungry, and badly injured by a cave lion, the little girl is as good as gone until she is discovered by a group who call themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear. This clan, left homeless by the same disaster, has little interest in the helpless girl who comes from the tribe they refer to as the "Others". Only their medicine woman sees in Ayla a fellow human, worthy of care. She painstakingly nurses her back to health--a decision that will forever alter the physical and emotional structure of the clan. Although this story takes place roughly 35,000 years ago, its cast of characters could easily slide into any modern tale. The members of the Neanderthal clan, ruled by traditions and taboos, find themselves challenged by this outsider, who represents the physically modern Cro-Magnons. And as Ayla begins to grow and mature, her natural tendencies emerge, putting her in the middle of a brutal and dangerous power struggle.

Although Jean Auel obviously takes certain liberties with the actions and motivations of all our ancestors, her extensive research into the Ice Age does shine through--especially in the detailed knowledge of plants and natural remedies used by the medicine woman and passed down to Ayla. Mostly, though, this first in the series of four is a wonderful story of survival. Ayla's personal evolution is a compelling and relevant tale. --Sara Nickerson, Amazon.com--This text refers to the hardcover edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Beautiful, exciting, imaginative (New York Times)

A major bestseller . . . a remarkable work of imagination (Daily Express)

It's nice to rediscover an old classic that, upon reading 30 years after it was first published, still has appeal . . . Auel's simple but engaging storytelling skill is still a joy. (Sunday Mail,Brisbane)

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Jeni on 12 May 2003
Format: Paperback
My dad had been trying for almost 10 years to get me to read the Earth's Children series. I finally picked it up at Christmas, and now, 5 months later, I have just started the fourth book - and that's even with my job and my university studies!!
This is an incredible series that grasps you right from the start and sucks you into the prehistoric world, and never lets you go. The Clan of the Cave Bear sets the standards which the following instalments live up to, describing in such detail every action and motive behind the characters lives.
It's easy to see just how much research was involved, and it makes you truly believe that this was how things once were. Whereas other books try to incorporate as much detail and simply succeed in boring you to tears, this series is so well written that it holds your attention, and, for me at least, I never want to stop reading, because I can't wait to see what happens to Ayla. She's such a strong character, one with which I'm sure many people can identify with.
I've told everyone I know about the Earth's Children series so that they too can enter the world of prehistoric man. Incredible. Breath taking. Brilliant.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By pbfh on 28 July 2004
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Jean Auel was recommended to me by a friend, I borrowed a copy not thinking much of the blurb on the back. I was so wrong. I could not put it down. Despite being a avid reader few authors can capture my imagination enough to hold me attention for such a long book. Without ruining it for those who have not had the fortune to read it yet, Ayla is descibed so vividly that you can see her. You understand her and the rest of the characters, you even develop a healthy dislike for some of them. Yes it is a long book, but the descriptions of events, landscapes, plants, customs and cultures is such that you are there. Without realising it you will be drawn in and after that you have as much chance of avoiding the following books in the series as you have of growing an extra head.
Compellingly written, descriptive and beautifully set this book will not allow you to put it down and the wait for the next in the series will seem like an eternity.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Oct. 2002
Format: Paperback
The way that jean auel has constructed this book is wonderful. The story of the adventures of Ayla is an exciting and enthralling read, where you just can't put the book down. Even though it is set 30,000 years ago the characters are very real and complex. The detail that is given does not in anyway distract from the story, but allows you to understand how complex nature really is and allows you a new found respect for the planet.
Ayla goes though many struggles through out this book but where some people would of given up, ayla continues on, and on, and on, and on. Each time becoming stronger. The way in which the comparisons between aylas intuition of being one of the 'others' and the ways of the clan is brilliant, and comes to light when there is a conflict on interest and the way things are achieved. You put down this book ready to read the next book. The other books in the series are excellantly written, and by the end of each book I could not wait to get to the next one to see where aylas journey takes her. The 2nd book is a little slow but books 3,4 and 5 make up for it. Some people cant see past the sex in the books, but they don't understand that this book shows all parts of human life and that is just one of the aspects as the books deal with birth, death, love, hate, and most importantly adventure.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "jenni13021" on 8 Dec. 2002
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Having just read this book for the second time i felt compelled to tell others how truly magnificent this book is.
Auel describes each part of the book with such intricate detail it is hard to believe it is a work of imagination.
The book is journey of discovery, as we see how Jean Auel envisaged Clan life and as the principle character, Ayla learns to adapt to clan life and ulimatley become a woman. This is not an easy task due to the inherent differences between herself and the Neandethal people and the creation of a deep rift between herself and future leader Broud.
This book is the first (and best) in the series of Earth's children novels but you will be compelled to read on with a thirst to find out where the brave heroine's journey will take her next.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Nov. 1999
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I was totally hooked when I read this book and the following three. The story is excellent, Ayla the main character really comes to life,probably because the books are so well written and informative; the amount of research Jean must have done to complete each book is incredible. It is virtually impossible to put any of the books down because you really want to know what is going to happen next. There are two more books still to be written, unfortunately I've heard that Jean Auel has died, I don't know if this is correct. I think her average writing time for each book was about four years and it's at least seven since she wrote the last one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "dax3" on 30 Jun. 2004
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This is probably one of the best books I have read. It draws you into an unlikely world where you soon start conjuring up images of life 30000 years ago. You can't help but love Ayla and admire her for her trials. Written at a frenetic pace, this is the only book I have read through the night.
Read this book, you won't regret it.
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