Reindeer Moon Hardcover – 1 Nov 1988
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The historical background appears to be well researched and the picture of life as a daily struggle seems very realistic. It is by no means a life that can be dismissed as 'nasty, brutish and short' but it is hard to survive in a harsh environment and parts of the tale were almost unbearably harrowing for me as a reader. Socially there are many elements, which we recognise, even comparing our centrally heated world with periglacial Siberia: jealousy, dishonestly, love and naivety to name but a few. The characters each have a mix of good and evil – mostly, non-judgementally described.
I believe the author was an anthropologist among modern hunter-gatherers before writing this book and I wonder how many of her ideas grow out of this background? I was surprised at how she depicted people living in such difficult circumstance who did not always share all resources and look after each other as a matter of course. I would also expect your average Palaeolithic man or woman on the stone to have some knowledge of folk medicine, which this community seemed to lack entirely.Read more ›
Anthropologist Elizabeth Thomas Marshall brought her training and field experience to bear in this novel to paint a detailed portrait of the struggles of a Paleolithic nomadic people in what is now Siberia, all seen thru the eyes of a young woman. Marshall also did the unexpected. Starting from Chapter 2, and in alternate chapters, she presented the surrealistic vision of the afterlife that these primitives held. The aggregate is more of a mood piece than an action story. More insightful than heart-pounding.
This is not a Jean Auel-type novel. It's more demanding. It's anthropologically sound. And very haunting.
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I first read this book about 20 years ago and was keen to retread it. It's a fascinating and well-written story and I've enjoyed it as much this time round as I did the first time... Read morePublished 5 months ago by AB
Excellent condition had this book years ago and had been misplaced so very happy to have another copyPublished 21 months ago by Pickle