The Clan of the Cave Bear

The Clan of the Cave Bear

A Novel

Book - 2001
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An injured and orphaned infant carries within her the seed and hope of mankind in this epic of survival and destiny set at the dawn of prehistory.
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2001], c1980
Edition: 2001 ed
ISBN: 9780553250428
9780609610978
060961097X
Branch Call Number: FICTION AUEL 2001
Characteristics: 468, 34 p. ; 24 cm

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Auel takes us back to the dawn of mankind and sweeps us up into the amazing and wonderful world of Ayla, one of the most remarkable heroines ever imagined.


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SaraLovesBooks Jan 09, 2017

When I started this series, I had no idea that "Valley of Horses" and "Plains of Passage" were sequels to "Clan of the Cave Bear," so I didn't start with this one. However, the book is great start to the series. It really introduces the reader to the world of the Stone Age, when both Cro-Magnons and Neaderthals still walked the earth together. The books are highly researched, though unfortunately suffer from the fact that there has been a lot of new research in the past forty years, which contradicts things Auel's novels. However, that is not her fault, and this book is up to date for what was known at the time of her writing. I highly recommend this series for historical fiction readers, especially those who like pre-historic writings.

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19aadkins
Mar 08, 2016

I was named after the main character in this book and I can say that this book does not disappoint . Every adventure and heartbreak makes you want to read this book more and more! I finished this near 500 page book in 3 days. That is how good it is.

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Hethr
Jan 20, 2015

Great story, but there were sections that you could have completely skipped over - or for some reason she felt needed to be explained (almost word for word) twice (ie, Death Curse).

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liamata
Sep 10, 2014

Jean Auel is a phenomenol author. The descriptions she writes, whether it be about the settings or characters, are so luscious and full of beautiful word combinations. I learned so much from this book thanks to her commitment to research about the neanderthols. I know much of it has not been proven but it still was so much fun to read. I've found myself wanting to learn more about them because of this book and have even watched a few realated documentaries.

Highly recommended read! You'll fall in love with Ayla.

Favorite book of all time!

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awesome_14
Aug 08, 2014

I almost put it down in the first chapter but as soon as I got to the second chapter I couldnt stop reading!
I love this book

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persephonejae
Jun 03, 2014

I have read this book every year, at least once a year, since I was in 6th grade. It is amazing!

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readmorewatchless
Jul 20, 2012

Give it 100 pages and you will be hooked. I have already ordered the rest of the series...yes, that good!

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angelstr2188
Jul 14, 2012

I love this book series. The first book covers more years of Ayla's life than any other. It pulls you in with her struggle to fit in and understand the flatheads who took her in. Her struggles leave you feeling frustrated at the circumstances and need for conformity.
Auel does a great job at describing almost every aspect of nature and what the characters are seeing. At times it can be very repetitive but it makes you remember the aspects of each plant and animal and paints a very precise picture of what she is describing.

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sylvesterthekat
Jun 12, 2012

This is a good read; not a masterwork but very entertaining and enjoyable with characters you care about, particularly Ayla.

RandyP Jun 06, 2012

This book is interesting and well written; definitely worth reading.

Keep in mind that this series is historical fiction and many of the capabilities and attributes of the neanderthal people are still being debated.

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19aadkins
Mar 08, 2016

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liamata
Sep 10, 2014

liamata thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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awesome_14
Aug 08, 2014

Orphaned at a young age, Ayla grows up with a clan of people very different from her. She faces many problems because of this.

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persephonejae
Jun 03, 2014

A novel of an extraordinary person. Ayla was found, almost dead from a cave lion attack, at approximately 5 years old. A cro-magnon child, raised by the vastly different neanderthal people, Ayla learns how to struggle for what she wants even in the face of great hardship. She is a character that all our girls would do well to pattern their behavior after!

SqueeGirl Oct 14, 2009

Orphaned at a young age, Cro-Magnon Ayla is adopted into a Neanderthal clan.

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awesome_14
Aug 08, 2014

"'I'm not dead Broud,' she gestured defiantly. 'I won't die. You can't make me die. You can make me go away, you can take my son away from me, but you can't make me die!'"

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