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Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country

Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country

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by Allan Richard Shickman

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The prehistoric saga continues as Zan-Gah and his disturbed twin brother, Dael, come into conflict. When their clan migrates to a new Beautiful Country, Dael's furious violence, joined with the magnetic power of his personality, precipitates division and an unwanted, preventable war. Zan's task is to restrain his brother's destructive and self-destructive tendencies,


The prehistoric saga continues as Zan-Gah and his disturbed twin brother, Dael, come into conflict. When their clan migrates to a new Beautiful Country, Dael's furious violence, joined with the magnetic power of his personality, precipitates division and an unwanted, preventable war. Zan's task is to restrain his brother's destructive and self-destructive tendencies, leading him to peace and recovery in the bountiful new land. But it is not to be, despite Zan's efforts and those of two strong female characters. This book features themes of war and peace, tribal conflict, traumatic stress, gender roles, and sibling rivalry, bereavement, redemption.

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Writer, scholar, teacher, artist, and actor, Allan Richard Shickman was a professor of art history at the University of Northern Iowa for three decades. He has published frequently on subjects of art, literature, and politics.

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Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
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HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
How would you react if your kind, sweet brother turned into a bitter, vengeful enemy? In the first book of this series, Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure, Zan-Gah's twin brother, Dael, had been captured by the Wasp People, who abused him, and then sold as a slave to the Noi People, who also abused him, so Zan goes in search of his brother. Zan and Dael escape, along with Lissa-Na, a Noi woman who has nursed Dael, and Rydl, a Wasp boy whom Zan has befriended. At the end of the book, Dael marries Lissa-Na. As Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country begins, Lissa-Na dies in childbirth along with her and Dael's baby. Dael has healed from his abuse physically but not emotionally and becomes very spiteful and unpredictable. In his hyperactivity, Dael asks Zan to go with him on a quest which the boys had talked about since childhood, finding the source of the Nobla River. Zan's wife Pax, Rydl, and a couple of Dael's friends accompany them. Dael's unspoken motive is to take vengeance on both the Wasp and Noi peoples. However, when they reach the land of the Wasp People, which Zan calls the Beautiful Country because it has plenty of water, vegetation, and animals, they find that a plague has killed all but one person. The group then decides to bring all the five clans of the Ba-Coro people to live in the Beautiful Country. What dangers and enemies will they face along the way? And how will the attitudes and actions of Dael, who now resents his brother's position of leadership, affect the Ba-Coro, especially when some of the Noi People want to settle nearby? As I said in my review of Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure, which was a winner of the Eric Hoffer Notable Book Award, there are not a lot of books for young adults set in prehistoric times, at least that I have seen. I shall be honest and note that Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country did not quite hold my attention as well as the first book, but it is still an interesting story that is told with a great deal of excitement and adventure. Again, because of the savage and somewhat barbaric scenario in which it takes place, it is not for small or sensitive children. However, the violence portrayed is not gratuitous or overly detailed. Teens can profit from reading about the development of Dael's problems, how Zan works to help his brother handle them, and their final resolution. A further sequel, Dael and the Painted People, is due out later this year.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
Dael's life has fallen apart. The calming that came to Dael over the few years home with his healer wife quickly shatters as his loving wife passed away during child birth with their child. He now feels the need to make dangerous journey through the potentially deadly world again, to see where the local river starts. Also in his mind, to find the Wasp people as they are still an unknown threat to his cave dwelling people. Zan is convinced to go with his brother fore his worry for him in this state of mind. But with learning the fate of the Wasp people brings another idea to the minds of the twins. Zan once again uses his gift of speech to help convince his people to take advantage of the fruitful land left empty. I think I enjoyed reading this book more than the first. It could be read on it's own as Allan has done a great job of reflecting on the happenings in the first book to bring you up to par, but I think knowing what all happened to the characters in the first book helps make this book more enjoyable. Many of the people Zan meet and touched on their lives in the first book return in this book, a few years later. It is nice to see the connections revisited and see where the people are now and how that small touch Zan had affected their lives. I really like the potential in the plot of this book in the beginning. There are more pieces and possibilities to the out come of the story. And the journey based on the decisions made is a good one. The characters in this book were more connectible for me too. Even though Zan is still the main character of the book we start to get a deeper look at Dael, his twin brother, and he kind of stole the spot light for me when he was mentioned. The dramatic character growth of Dael was amazing and well done. Dael is a character that catches your attention and is anything but dull. I still think this series is a great series for young readers to pick up.
MissysReadsAndReviews More than 1 year ago
As realistically written as its predecessor, Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country takes place years after Zan is reunited with his twin brother. Where Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure grips you with its page-turning action, this one attacks you with an emotional roller coaster that has you holding your breath until the end. The main theme of this book for me was the trials of brotherhood, as Dael pushes his brother further and further away as he struggles to live his life normally outside of captivity. We're given flashbacks of what Dael was like before he was imprisoned, and those scenes only made my heart ache more for Zan-Gah, as he's gone so much to get THAT brother back. Dael is definitely a darker character, but he has gone through a lot. The only thing that was keeping him sane has been lost to him as well, which makes the struggle that much harder. Just like the brothers, all of the characters in the story are beautifully written and all have a purpose in the book. I really don't know what else to say. This was as realistically and well-written as the first, and just as enjoyable. It's a must-read for middle graders and some YA readers as well. Full of action and emotion, it will enthrall even the most reluctant of readers.
MRShemery More than 1 year ago
This is the sequel to Allan Richard Shickman's book Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure. I received this from the author's publicist for review. To be honest, I enjoyed this sequel much more than the first book. The strained relationship between the twins created a source of tension and sense of expectation from the start. I was eager to see what would become of the twins - Would they find resolution? Would Dael become the brother Zan remembered? The journey to those answers was eventful and strange with the end result being inevitable. In the first book, the main focus was on Zan and his becoming a man with growing popularity. Even though we still "heard" from Zan in this book, the main focus was on Dael; Dael with his roiling emotions, unstable mental condition and lust for blood. Without giving any spoilers away, I will say that Dael's unsettled spirit will get him into quite a few situations he didn't have to be in. Because he was so blood-thirsty, he almost couldn't control his own self. His followers even became wary of him after awhile ... until one incident converted them completely to Dael's control and powerful magnetism. Overall, this book is still mainly written with boys in mind, ages 11 to 14, but I believe there are some girls that would enjoy this as well. The dynamics within are wonderfully written and will keep the reader intrigued until the last page ... at which time you'll wonder whether there's a third book in the works ... ??? Perhaps Zan-Gah and the Red People? =)
Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
Zan-Gah And The Beautiful Country is a wonderful story set in prehistoric times. It picks up a few years after the first book. The story line is interesting with many layers. The story is centered around Dael's revenge and the journey the Ba-Coro make to find a more fruitful land in which to live. Once again Allan Shickman has blown me away with his beautiful descriptions of the countryside. His characters are so multi-dimensional. This book focuses a lot on Dael, Zan-Gah's twin that was captured in the first book. Dael suffered cruelly at the hands of his captors. The event left him broken and severely altered. Dael is the complete opposite of what he had been before his capture. Where he once was happy and good natured he is now bitter and hard. Dael wants nothing more than to get revenge on those who tormented him for so long. Dael and Zan-Gah's characters mirrored each other. They are both leaders. Zan-Gah leads with wisdom and Dael leads with passion. I really liked the development of their characters. It was interesting to see how the brothers reacted to each other. My favorite character is Rydl. Rydl originally belonged to the wasp tribe. He befriended Zan-Gah in the first book and came back to live among the Ba-Coro. Rydl has come a long way since the first book. I love Rydl's curiosity and ingenuity. Overall this was a fantastic book. One side note. This book is intended for children. It has a few violent scenes that might be disturbing to some children.
agapegrace More than 1 year ago
This book continues where Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure leaves off, chronicling the lives of Zan and Dael. Having won a great victory against the wasp people, the Ba-Coro decide that they will inhabit their beautiful land and make the trek there in search of a better life. They don't plan for Dael threatening their peace and security by his warlike ways. The star of this book is Dael, as he must face down his black memories of his past imprisonment with the Noi people, who now neighbor his tribe's new home in the beautiful country. The reader discovers more about what drives him as he gathers a following and reacts in hate toward even those who care about him. Zan never gives up on his brother. This second installment of Zan-Gah is just as action packed as the first. Rather than only a daring quest through uncharted territory, Zan must deal with the problems caused by his brother and try to stop a full-fledge war from happening. The story is filled with meaningful lessons about the human spirit and what it can endure and what it must choose in spite of the hardships we sometimes face.
Tiger_Holland More than 1 year ago
This sequel begins about three years after the first book, Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure ended. When the previous story came to a close, Zan had united five hostile tribes into one people group, the Ba-Coro, and the readers were told that Zan married Pax, graddaughter of the greatest hunter in the clans, while Zan's twin brother Dael married Lissa-Na, a healer from a faraway land. We open The Beautiful Country with Lissa-Na's death, which has a horrible impact on Dael, who took his only comfort from her. Dael suffers from some horrific psychological trauma after enduring a couple of years of torture at the hands of enemies. Now that his wife is dead, Dael is anxious to spill blood again, and he convinces Zan and a few others to travel with him to the Beautiful Country, the land of the wasp men. Zan wants to scout the land and Dael wants to attack it, but they both agree to the journey and find a lot of heartache along the way. I actually thought the first book, Zan-Gah, wrapped itself up very well and had a solid ending, so I think The Beautiful Country suffers a little from following such a strong, self-contained novel. Where Zan-Gah was a coming-of-age adventure, The Beautiful Country follows the further deeds of characters who already "of age". Zan, Dael, Pax, and Rydl may all still be teenagers, but they are grown-ups in every sense of the word; people who are married, widowed, hunters, killers, tribe leaders, survivors of captivity, etc. We're shown older characters who inhabit a tough world, but most of the plot lines also feel more adult: war, torture, disease, death during childbirth, outright murder...very dark subject matter for a mid-grade. Zan thinks that Dael needs a task, a quest, something big to keep him from losing his mind, but nothing seems to help. Dael has been a bully in the past and is now a complete monster, and I wish there were a way to truly help Dael, but since they don't have mental hospitals, there's no way to separate him from society except to banish or kill him, neither of which Zan is willing to do. One element I really loved was the introduction of Pax, Zan's wife. She carries a spear, which is unheard of for a woman, and she's actually the best hunter in the whole clan since she learned the skill from her grandfather, a legendary hunter and leader. The poor thing got married when she was twelve, and she definitely wasn't happy about it until she saw that Zan respected her and encouraged her hunting. True affection grows between Zan and Pax, but it's threatened by Zan's inability to express his regard with words, and Pax's belief that Zan is in love with the deceased Lissa-Na. Zan and his people accomplish more great feats in the novel, most notably moving to the wasp people's country and prospering in a place full of water and vegetation. Battles and skirmishes break out, almost entirely due to Dael's unquenchable thirst for blood, but everything calms down in the end and Dael is redeemed, though his transformation is so sudden and violent, I'm not sure if I trust it. A well-written story, but I'm more fond of the first installment.