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The Mammoth Hunters (earth's children)
on May 17, 2003
Upon beginning The Mammoth Hunters, I expected to enjoy the book. I liked the others in the series after all. As I have heard other's say, the book was a little bit slow to start and was a bit dragged out.However, I think that this tension added to the total effect the reader feels when all the conflict is resolved.
In the book, Ayla is in love with Jondalar, and he is, in turn, in love with her. They leave a secluded valley and meet people from a new and unique culture. There are misunderstandings between the two lovers and Ayla comes close to "joining" with another man. Of course, she ends up with Jondalar.
I can't help but feel that this book is not what my ninth grade Pre-Ap teacher calls a "Mc Donald's book" rather, it is what we call a "Dell Frisco book." I believe the book has much to say about outcast in society and them finding a place in the world where life will go on. Additionally, I think the book also has a theme dealing with Love, but not just the corney themes about love you usually incounter. It's about learning to accept people as the are and learning to appreiciate your loved ones.
All ages of people could learn from this book;however, there are quite a few passages in the book devoted to sex. Thus, the book might not be all that appropriate for younger readers. All in all, I really did enjoy this book and I find the series Earth's Children wonderful and most interesting.