I am going re-review this book & give my thoughts & opinions on it. I know I have reviewed it before & if you have read it & didn’t like it then I just want you to stop & think about it again after you read my review.
The first thing you might want to realize that this book deals with two different species of humans. The Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon humans. The book is a story about the short amount of time that the Neanderthals & the Cro-Magnon shared planet Earth. Mind, that both the Neanderthals & the Cro-Magnon are both humans, but the Neanderthals were the ones that died out & the Cro-Magnon were the ancestors of the humans today. To my knowledge no one know exactly why the Neanderthals died out, but this is Jean Auel’s theory or at least what she thinks is the reason. In the book Neanderthals could only think backward. They remember everything from the beginning of time. But they are unable to think forward. The only way they are able to do anything is if they have done it that way since the beginning. They are unable to evolve & think of new ways to do something. For example, Ayla is Cro-Magnon & she is able to think forward. She can look at something & see a better way to do it, but the Neanderthal or Clan members are unable to do that. So they are at a brick wall in their evolution. There was no where for Nature to take them, they were at the end of their line so to speak. The Co-Magnon humans were able to evolve & continue to grow in knowledge. Durc (Ayla’s Child) was a mix of Neanderthal & Co-Magnon but he was able to think forward. Though we never find out if it helped Broud’s Clan or not. After Ayla leaves the Clan we do not know any more about them.
The status of Clan members were straight forward. The men were at the top because they provided the majority of the food. The women were there to take care of the men & have babies. *yeah, I know. Sexism.* The medicine woman was the highest ranking woman in the Clan. She took care of every member of the clan. She relied on the memories of the previous medicine women before her to treat the illnesses & wounds of the Clan.
A lot of people have a huge problem with the situation of Broud & Ayla. Especially the rape scene in the book. I want to touch on that here. In the Clan women were expected to allow any man to have sex with them anytime they showed the woman a signal. Normally, the men would only show the signal to women that interested them or their mates. Broud chose Ayla because she hated it so much & he could degrade her. Yes, it was rape. I am not disagreeing with you. But in Broud’s mind & to the Neanderthals there was nothing wrong with what was being done. Did they have sex with the females that were underage? No. Did they with their sisters, cousins? According to Auel they did not. Remember this is a work of fiction. Nothing is absolute truth. This is just Auel’s version of it. Though we do not agree with their thinking, the rape did give Ayla her child that she desperately wanted & it gave Durc to the clan. I believe that everything happens for a reason, even in the land of fiction. If Ayla wasn’t raped then she may not have grown strong enough for what was to happen to her later in the series. Remember, Ayla’s spirit totem was the Cave Lion. That baby made Siberian Tiger’s (the world’s largest cat today) look like a baby kitten. This was not a normal totem for a female. In the next book you would read that she raises one from a cub & then rides on its back. That is how big these cats were (makes me want a couple, don’t you?). Since she had such a strong totem, she was warned that her life would be difficult. Please, don’t think that I agree with what Broud did to her, but remember she had Durc from the rape. In her opinion, it was worth it to get Durc. Though I don’t think it would be worth it at all. Jean Auel once said in an interview that Durc was Ayla’s gift to the Clan. Durc was the only way that the Clan would survive.
I could sit here & spill the beans about what happens in the next four books, but that wouldn’t be very good of me. So I will just sum it up. She meets others like her, gets adopted, makes a very long journey, has some really hot sex, makes a new animal friend, almost mates the wrong man,meets a man-hating woman who rules her camp & then kills her, mates a dreamy man, & has another child. Oh, none of that is in any order so you will just have to read the books to find out where each one of those happens. LOL, I never said I played nice.
The order of the books go:
- The Clan Of The Cave Bear
- The Valley of the Horses
- The Mammoth Hunters
- The Plains of Passage
- The Shelters of Stone
- The Land of Painted Caves – released on March 29, 2011 :ohh: :ohh: :ohh:
I can not even begin to tell you how excited I am about the new book. I can’t wait to see what Jean Auel has in store for Ayla. I know that I will be getting the book in ebook form & I believe Mom will be getting the hardback version to complete her series. I would imagine that this is the last one though Jean Auel could surprise me & publish another one. I can only hope. :luv: :luv: :luv:
I think for my next review I am going to review Outlander by Diane Gabaldon then Skye O’Malley by Bertrice Small (you want sex, see Bertrice Small’s books). Just realize that this review took me about three weeks to type up, so don’t be expecting them really soon, lol.