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The Clan Of The Cave Bear: Earth's Children, Book One

by Jean M. Auel

Random House Publishing Group | November 1, 1984 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Clan Of The Cave Bear: Earth's Children, Book One is rated 4.8261 out of 5 by 23.
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.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 544 pages, 6.86 × 4.2 × 1.45 in

Published: November 1, 1984

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553250426

ISBN - 13: 9780553250428

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Journey well undertaken. Auel writes comprehensively and with authority about a vital transitory Age in the telling of humanity's tale. Her attention to detail in developing characters and characteristics of two distinct peoples is remarkable. There are few novelists who build worlds as well as she does, and the depth in which she explores the contrasts between Ayla and the Clan is very well done. If someone were to want to understand the origins of civilization and how permanent societies evolved out of hunter-gatherer tribes or collections of tribes while gaining a deeper understanding of hunter-gatherer societies, reading this series will go a long way towards addressing the questions the era poses.
Date published: 2011-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very enjoyable read I saw the movie so many years ago, and finally read this first novel in Jean Auel's series. I enjoyed it very much. The only criticism would be that Auel tends to stop in the middle of scenes to give a science or history lesson, and while it is interesting she doesn't quite blend it into the story very well and this inhibits the flow of the book a bit. Otherwise great book!
Date published: 2011-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Is My Favourite Book Earth's Children Series Book #1. Heard really great things about this book and had to read it. I have not been able to find any book by any authour who can even compare. Once you start reading these you'll be hooked. This series is the best books you will EVER read!!
Date published: 2009-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Death by description Really loved it ... but didn't feel guilty about skipping a paragraph here and there. She certainly did her research ... but i think she might be flaunting it a bit.
Date published: 2009-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Masterpiece of Historical Fiction! This novel is wonderfully intense. It will bring you back tens of thousands of years and force you to questions your culture, customs and morals. The Neanderthals are foreign, often alien to us in their nature but they often surprise us by hitting close to home. The writing is superb and the relationships established in this and in subsequent novels will remain with you for years to come. Moreover, it contains (perhaps) the most intensely powerful/emotional episode that I've ever experienced in literature. So be careful, you won't return from this journey as the same person that once glanced over the first page. This novel single-handedly launched my newfound obsession into the realm of historical fiction. Enjoy fellow readers!
Date published: 2009-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ayla the stone-age girl the clan of the Cave Bear is a magnificent story, from the earth's children series. It is written by jean M. Auel. The story begins when a five year old girl named Ayla loses her family and is adopted by Neanderthals. Being with them, Ayla discovers she is different and the story begins. Ayla's glorious adventures take us back to the stone-age time. This story tells how humans react to differences in others. It is one of the most popular sagas in our time. It is a story that goes without a breath taking moment and will leave you breathless. STEFAN
Date published: 2008-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still loving it... Even after reading this book countless times, I still love it. A fan of historical fiction? This is a MUST read. Meet Ayla, who is 'adopted' by "The Clan" - she doesn't fit in with her looks,the fact that she can speak, and for many other reasons. But this book tells an amazing story of how she adapts to a new style of life after losing her family, and follows her life as she grows up. This is the first of (so far) five novels, but I honestly think this is the best. It is not necessary to read on (I was unaware there were others for some time), but I highly recommend it. Ayla's story is far from over at the end of this book. Be sure to read them in order!
Date published: 2008-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book This is an amazing book. The writing is wonderful, the characters seem so real you feel you know them and you get a real feel for the place and time. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2007-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of The Best Seen In Years! Clan Of The Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel is one of the most touching stories i have read in a long time. Orphaned as a young girl, Ayla is adopted by a clan of Neanderthols and has to learn how to be a 'good clan woman' full of trials and tests that she must go through to find herself, Auel weaves a masterful story that brings you to know and care for Ayla like a friend, sister, daughter and the amazing person that she is. This is a must read! Bravo!
Date published: 2006-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Historical Fiction In Clan of the Cave Bear, we meet Ayla, a lost child after her family was killed in an earthquake. She is found by Iza, a Neanderthal, who is a medicine woman and wishes to rescue her. Ayla grows up with the "Clan", and learns to become a proper Clan woman. Meeting challenges along the way, Ayla must strive to accept what is expected of her, while her natural instincts tell her otherwise. This book brings characters that will make you laugh, smile and cry. Ayla is strong and undergoes so many hardships in her life that she is a real inspiration. A 10/10, this book is great if you like history, fiction, and enjoy longer series.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT! This book was amazing! I love the thought, and research Joan M. Auel put into this book. I decided to pick this book up because of a friend of mine. (we were taking about books at a sleep over-we're both 14) I have never regretted my desicion to read it, and i don't know anybody who hasn't loved the life of Ayla, and the Clan. The ending left me wanting more, and i can't wait to read the next book in the series. ~Enjoy!
Date published: 2004-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Truly Excellent novel This is the first, and I think best, book in the series of six called ‘Earth’s Children’. We meet Ayla the protagonist of the series as a small child, of Cro Magnon heritage, who, when found by a wandering group of Neanderthals is lost and alone after an earthquake. The Clan raise her and Ayla has a good friend in the form of her foster mother, the tribe’s medicine woman, who passes on her skills and knowledge of herbal medicine and medical procedures. This knowledge stands Ayla in good stead later. However, Aul gives Ayla very advanced human traits and she is misunderstood by the tribe and eventually forced to leave.
Date published: 2003-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! I chose to read this book as part of a world history assignment. I absolutltye love it and recommend it to ANYONE who likes reading even the slightest bit. You will not want to put it down once you start! It is a riviting tale about a girl named Ayla who you will come to identify with and love! READ THIS BOOK! You wont regret it!
Date published: 2002-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clan of the Cavebear I love the books. I read them 3 times and each time I learned something new. I am going to read them again in the near future.
Date published: 2002-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever!! This was the best book I've ever read! It has so much detail and it has a great plot! I couldn't put it down. I am just starting the second book of the series and it is really great too! I don't know what I'm going to do when I finish the series!
Date published: 2001-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite book i absolutly loved all of the books in this series! They are the most captivating and intriguing books i've ever read in my life everyone should have the chance to read these book.
Date published: 2001-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Clan of the Cave Bear The Clan of the Cave Bear is the best novel I have read all year. After I read it I was convinced to read the other 3 books about Ayla. The novel included such description that I could actualy feel like I was part of the clan. I have read the novel lots of times and am now about to begin part 2, The Valley of Horses. I cant wait!
Date published: 2000-08-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I have read so many great reviews for this book I thought I was in for a treat. I even read the book twice to see if I was missing something. The story is slow-paced, with a lot of scenery "filler" to pad the weak plot. The author constantly writes down to the reader - as if the reader were as ignorant as the characters in the book.
Date published: 2000-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clan of The Cave Bear It is truly an amazing book. I am so glad that I was blessed to be able to read it. Although I am only 12 years old, I fell that I have the maturity to grasp the book's inner details. It is a meticulously crafted book that is skillfully adorned with amazing pictures and ideas. My mother first saw the book in the bookstore. She suggested that I buy. I couldn't put the book down. It was so amazing. The ideas of Ayla. As I was explaining the plot to my mother, she became wary of the text. She was appalled of the circumstances surrounding the birth of Durc. She did not allow me to read the rest of the amazing series. It is only now, several months later after I have matured, that she allows me to read the rest of the series. It is an excellent book. I recommend it.
Date published: 2000-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Knoledge of Beings then and now I loved the detail of the everyday life of the clan. It gave a whole new outlook at what it could have been like for those who live back then. It was interesting how life ivolved from that time period (if it did)and how are own lives could relate to some of the same experiences that happened to the clan. It showed how life also ivolved from many things that were based on the spirit world and how Alya challanged those thinkings to more scientific findings.
Date published: 2000-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER!!! This was the best book I have ever read. It was filled with amazing detail that made you feel like you were there.The characters wee so well developed that with every conflict, you sympathized with them. Once I started this book I could not put it down. I am not a notoriously fast reader but it took me three days to finish this book. Every chance I had, I would sneak away to read some more. I recommend this book to everyone!!!
Date published: 2000-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! It's been several years since I was first introduced to this book and it remains one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read. If you think a book set in the 'caveman days' couldn't possibly be interesting, think again! I've urged all of my friends to read it. Every one who has read it, has recommended "The Clan of the Cave Bear" to someone else. It's that good. ENJOY!
Date published: 1999-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW I loved The Clan of the Cavebear. What amount of research must the author have done to give the reader such a stunning and realistic account of pre-historic life on Earth. Ayla is a fascinating character, a young Cro-Magnon girl raised by Neanderthals in a time when the two races despised each other. She is an evolutionary heroine, her life a symbol of human development against the sad reality of the extinction of a past race. I've never read anything as original as this and definately recommend it. It's well written, alive with detail, rich in characterization and plot and unlike anything you'll ever read. A must read.
Date published: 1999-08-30

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The Clan Of The Cave Bear: Earth's Children, Book One

by Jean M. Auel

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 544 pages, 6.86 × 4.2 × 1.45 in

Published: November 1, 1984

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553250426

ISBN - 13: 9780553250428

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Chapter 1 The naked child ran out of the hide-covered lean-to toward the rocky beach at the bend in the small river. It didn''t occur to her to look back. Nothing in her experience ever gave her reason to doubt the shelter and those within it would be there when she returned. She splashed into the river and felt rocks and sand shift under her feet as the shore fell off sharply. She dived into the cold water and came up sputtering, then reached out with sure strokes for the steep opposite bank. She had learned to swim before she learned to walk and, at five, was at ease in the water. Swimming was often the only way a river could be crossed. The girl played for a while, swimming back and forth, then let the current float her downstream. Where the river widened and bubbled over rocks, she stood up and waded to shore, then walked back to the beach and began sorting pebbles. She had just put a stone on top of a pile of especially pretty ones when the earth began to tremble. The child looked with surprise as the stone rolled down of its own accord, and stared in wonder at the small pyramid of pebbles shaking and leveling themselves. Only then did she become aware she was shaking too, but she was still more confused than apprehensive. She glanced around, trying to understand why her universe had altered in some inexplicable way. The earth was not supposed to move. The small river, which moments before had flowed smoothly, was roiling with choppy waves that splashed over its banks as
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From the Publisher

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.

From the Jacket

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 the Author

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.

From Our Editors

Story of the orphaned Ayla's struggle to fit in and survive in the period when Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals existed at the same time on the Earth.

Editorial Reviews

"Imaginative, exciting."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Jean Auel has performed a minor miracle."
--San Francisco Chronicle



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