The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
(Earth's Children, Book One)

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The story, which ought to suggest an epic, never rises above the level of back-cave gossip. This prehistorical novel is the first in a projected multivolume series to be called Earth's Children.
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This eBook includes the full text of the novel plus the following additional content:
• An exclusive preview chapter from Jean M. Auel’s The Land of Painted Caves, on sale in hardcover March 29, 2011
• An Earth’s Children® series sampler including free chapters from the other books in Jean M. Auel’s bestselling series
• A Q&A with the author about the Earth’s Children® series


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, blond, 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.
 

About Jean M. Auel

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Jean M. Auel is an international phenomenon. Her Earth's Children® series has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide and includes The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of Horses, The Mammoth Hunters, The Plains of Passage, The Shelters of Stone, and The Land of Painted Caves. Her extensive research has earned her the respect of archaeologists and anthropologists around the world. She has honorary degrees from four universities and was honored by the French government's Ministry of Culture with the medal of an "Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters". She lives with her husband, Ray, in Oregon.
 
Published October 6, 2010 by Bantam. 516 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance, Business & Economics. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Sep 16 2011

...it's all written with nerveless esprite admirable scenery, swell sex, convincing artifacts and survival modese and, when clubbed on by heavy publisher advertising, this first novel (first of six in a projected early-man series) may well prove curiously primitive enough to catch on in a big way.

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Historical Novel Society

Below average
on Dec 14 2015

The problem with the novel is its length. It is quite simply far too long. The narrative is inundated with repetitive irritating details, one instance of such being the numerous descriptive passages detailing herbs and all their uses.

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People

Below average
on Sep 15 1980

The story, which ought to suggest an epic, never rises above the level of back-cave gossip. This prehistorical novel is the first in a projected multivolume series to be called Earth's Children.

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Nomad Reader

Below average
on Dec 17 2012

Despite a promising concept, I failed to connect with any of the characters in The Clan of the Cave Bear and quickly grew frustrated with the frequent foreshadowing and lack of surprise.

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Feeling Fictional

Good
on Mar 29 2011

This series shows all sides of life both good and bad which is one of the things that makes it so interesting to read. I have no doubt that after reading this story you will be just as hooked as I am and I'm sure you'll end up devouring the rest of the series!

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Tiny Library

Below average
Reviewed by Sam on Jun 28 2012

There was so much background information that it became dense and at points it took me days to get through a single chapter. I wanted to finish it because of the characters and world building, but it was hard work and a book like this shouldn't be.

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Val's Random Comments

Good
Reviewed by Val on Jun 21 2010

The combination of meticulous research and an emotionally powerful story has made this novel into something special. Although I have read the other books in the series and enjoyed them, I don't think any of these books quite manage this same mix.

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Warpcore SF

Good
on Apr 15 2015

The author has clearly taken her time crafting the Earth's Children series. This book finishes with the promise of more to come in the ongoing epic. It's long, escapist, and about as far from the modern world as you could hope.

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The Maiden's Court

Good
Reviewed by Heather on Dec 08 2011

As strong as the writing is regarding the culture and setting, the characters are where the writing shines. There is quite a large cast of main characters and even more supporting characters, however Auel constructs all into well rounded characters that you can identify and connect to.

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