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The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children #1)

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

    Clan of the Cave Bear is the first book in Jean M. Auel's Earth


    Clan of the Cave Bear is the first book in Jean M. Auel's Earth Children Series. It was first published in 1980. I read this book sometime in the 1990s and remember liking it a lot. I didn't get the same warm fuzzy feelings reading it the second time around. I'm not sure if it's my 20 year age difference, the style of writing then vs now, or what it might be.

    The story is refreshingly unique and drew me in immediately. My interest waned as Auel spent so much time describing everything. Not just the environment, but the people as well. Show me, don't tell me. Let me see what a character is like by what they say and do instead of so much descriptive text. It made some of the characters fall flat.

    A saving grace in this novel is the relationships. It was obvious by their actions how much Iza and Creb cared for Ayla and how she loved them. The difference in their appearances didn't matter. That's a lesson we all need to remember.

    Clan of the Cave Bear is an intriguing story, not one you find everywhere in these days of vampires and zombies. I think it's worth the read.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    A good read, albeit a bit long

    A good read, albeit a bit long

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    Whats with these reviews?

    It's really frusterating when looking at the reviews and discovering a bunch of nonhelpfull comments. Seriously!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

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    Could not finish it

    It was recommended to me by a friend and she said that it is a great series and she is always talking about it, so I thought that I would check it out only to be completely disappointed. There are some points in the book that I think that I completely spaced out because of all of the details and random information. I found it to be rather boring and it is clearly something that is not for me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    disappointing

    I am such an avid Jean Auel reader. I read more than once each book in the earth childrens series. although well written, had way too many details. I was looking for more of a continuation of the love story between ayla and jondular, not so much how to make primitive arrows and medicine. I waited YEARS for this book to surface only to be low key disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2003

    I thought that the book wsa alright!

    I think that the weakness of the book is the book starts out really slow and then it progresses more and more. The strength of the book is that it tells me a lot about the Primative Times. I was impressed on how the author put the sentences together, because it sounds like the actually cave people are talking like they really would be as if it were the real time. I think if there was something that I would change it would probably be in volumes, instead of being one big book I would make it like a few 250 paged book. The reason why is because, it makes it easier to read. I don¿t know why but when I am reading a short book I tend to read it faster, but when I am reading a long book it seems to take me a long time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2000

    Clan of the Cave Bear

    The Clan of the Cave Bear is basically a good book, but I found many parts dissapointing. Despite the fact that the author says she did a lot of research, she can not know for certain all the tiny details she included. Also, even though the main character, Ayla, was often refered to as ugly, I didn't like how she depicted Cro-Magnum man as a totally aryian race. Overall though, it was interesting to read, which is why i gave it 3 stars.

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