Leaving the valley of horses with Jondalar, the handsome man she has nursed back to health and come to love, Ayla embarks on a journey that will lead her to the Mamutoi; the Mammoth Hunters. But as she settles into this new life among a people at first strange and disturbingly different, Ayla finds herself irresistibly drawn to Ranec, their master-carver. Ultimately, she is compelled to make a fateful choice between the two men.
Jean Auel's imaginative reconstruction of pre-historic life, rich in detail of language, culture, myth, and ritual, has become a set text in schools and colleges around the world.
"The authenticity of background detail, the lilting prose rhythms, and the appealing conceptual audacity continue to work their spell." (Publishers Weekly)
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An intersting reconstruction of pre-historic times
I have read the two previous stories in this series and found the author's attempt to describe the life of cro-magnon pre-humans most interesting. While much of the material discussed has been drawn from (probably) controversial findings, all the cultural aspects of the story has to have been extrapolated from other cultures. Whether or not cro-magnon were capable of such sophisticated interpretations of their environment and self knowledge is surely conjectural, but they are combined in an interesting story involving a gifted girl who undertakes a saga of a journey.
The other books in this series. I have not read/listened to other stories of this genre.
Cooper does a nice job of voicing the various major characters. As the character list is very large, there is obviously little or no difference between some of the minor players, but the major ones are well differentiated and believable.
No, just admiration at the author's imagination and her ability to describe what are technical points in the story with interesting description.
I'm certainly going to complete this series. The heroine's, like others', saga will be difficult and interesting.
What I did find detracting was the very graphic sex scenes. The descriptions given are tantamount to a sex manual. This degree of explicitness adds nothing to the story, and to my mind quite distracting from the otherwise quite excellent main theme. Luckily, I am using a decent audiobook player that allows me to jump forward over these (many) scenes - hearing just two was more than enough.
- Paul Lloyd