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The Clan of the Cave Bear [School & Library Binding]

Jean M. Auel
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November 1984 0808516701 978-0808516705
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, blonde, 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. First in the acclaimed Earth’s Children® series
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When her parents are killed by an earthquake, 5-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, have 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Imaginative, exciting."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Jean Auel has performed a minor miracle."
--San Francisco Chronicle
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ..... April 28 2011
By conpok1
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This novel is priceless, I read it 20 years ago and decided to pick up the series again with the aquisition of the sixth novel...I want to enjoy all the earlier novels again before reading the last installment. You won't be disappointed, this book is so well written you'll marvel and the story telling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clan Of The Cave Bear Aug. 31 2010
By Don B.
I can only say that this is one of the most entertaining series of books from author Jean Auel. I ordered it to have the complete set in both Hard Cover and Paperback sets.I am awaiting release in March 2011 of Jean's final book in this series, which I will be ordering from Amazon in both Hardcover and Paperback editions,later in 2010,and
hopefully the price will decrease slightly, especially in the Paperback selection. I have re read the series multiple times while awaiting new releases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT Nov. 25 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I could not put the book down and was hooked from the first page. I have read the entire series and it is the best series I have read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clan of the Cave Bear Sept. 7 2013
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I loved it, but I haven't gotten my way through it yet, thanks for the offer and thank you for the option to purchase this.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story! May 13 2013
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cant wait to read the rest. Just wish they werent $11 each! I think i will go to the library for the remaining 5(?) bbooks ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars satisfied customer April 16 2013
By j
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i recieved my book and was pleasently suprised. from the first i noticed how well packaged it was,very strong heavy protective coverage. then on opening the book i was really pleased by the condition of the book. very clean read but gently handled nice addition to my collection on top of all that speedy handling and great customer service
thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book April 3 2013
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This is the first book and it got me going, until I had to read all of the books in the series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alana April 8 2014
By Alana
Format:Kindle Edition
Excellent book, hard to put down. Look forward to the rest of the series. Best female author I have ever read.
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