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4.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected find, 7 Feb. 2010
This review is from: The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children) (Paperback)
I'd never heard of the Earth's Children cycle until a few weeks ago, when a friend recommended the books so that she could have someone to discuss them with. They didn't sound like my kind of thing but I had been stuck in a reading rut and had major 'Reader's Block', and besides, my friend's recommendations tend to be worth following, so I bought The Clan of The Cave Bear and gave it a try.

I must admit that initially I really disliked the author's writing style. It seemed to be a bit Dan Brown, with an excess use of adjectives. I also found it annoying that the author kept adding a scientific explanation to the narrative, for example explaining how the girl was cold because the girl had hypothermia. However I decided to keep reading because I felt intrigued.

I gradually became more and more sucked in by the story. I never thought anyone could write something interesting about Neanderthal societies; but it was fascinating. I was soon mesmerized by Creb's magic rituals and by Iza's practice of medicine. I loved the way the primitive men continuosly referred back to 'the spirits' for pretty much anything. (Things haven't changed that much: have you ever wached Psychic TV on Sky channel 886?)

Anyway, as I progressed through the chapters I forgot the stylistic faults of the novel and just immersed myself into a side of history I never really thought about. I couldn't put it down, and when I got to a couple of chapters before the end I had to rush into Waterstones to buy the second instalment (which I have now started).

I know that since the writing of Clan of the Cave Bear in 1980 some of the theories that the author based the book on have been discredited; but it doesn't matter. They were, after all, theories. You will never refer to someone as a 'neanderthal' ever again after reading this. I am so glad that my friend pushed me out of my literary comfort zone and introduced me to this wonderful world.
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