Ayla and Jondalar leave the safety of the lands of the Mammoth Hunters and embark on a seemingly impossible journey across an entire continent. Their goal is the Cro-Magnon settlement in what is now southern France where Jondalar lived as a young man. Accompanied by the half-tame Wolf, the superb stallion, Racer, and the mare, Whinney, they ...
Ayla and Jondalar leave the safety of the lands of the Mammoth Hunters and embark on a seemingly impossible journey across an entire continent. Their goal is the Cro-Magnon settlement in what is now southern France where Jondalar lived as a young man. Accompanied by the half-tame Wolf, the superb stallion, Racer, and the mare, Whinney, they brave both savage enemies and the elemental dangers of weather and terrain in their search for the place that will become Home. 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.
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I love the series! I think she gets a little too much into the 'sexual' aspect...Don't need to go into that much depth with that! But they are very good books!
May 11, 2012
This is a great book in the series. We learn that the ancients were in some ways more able to survive in the world than we are.
Jan 26, 2012
Anotther Fine Copy
This was another of the Jean Auel novels which I sent a friend in Illinois. I have not read it, myself, but sent it when he expressed and interest in receiving it.
It came well before Christmas, in time for me to send it to him, and arrived at our home in excellent condition.
Dec 16, 2010
Love this series!
This is a Christmas gift for our niece. My husband and I have both read the Earth's Children books and have been buying them for our niece, who is also addicted to them. Can't wait for the new one in March!
Apr 2, 2009
I'm reading the last of the series now. My friend started one of them and has finished them already. She even wrote to Jean Auel to tell how much she enjoyed them. Can't wait for the last book to come out..
Publishers Weekly, 1990-08-24 The long-awaited fourth installment of the Earth's Children series is as warm and inviting as its campfire milieu. sure fire bestseller. Auel again describes her characters' travails, a passionate interest of millions of readers, in impeccably researched detail. The continuous recitation of flora and fauna, coupled with flashbacks to events in the previous books, becomes somewhat tiresome, however. (Would that our ``memory'' were as instinctual as that of the Clan.) The saga continues the cross-continental journey of Ayla, her mate Jondalar and their menagerie to his homeland. En route, they encounter a variety of problems, yet manage to find panaceas for each. Their enlightened compilation of skills, inventions, therapies and recipes transforms the voyagers into spirit-like personas providing The Others with constant awe. A brief encounter with the Neanderthal Clan rekindles the unique charm of the first (and strongest) book. Such locutions as ``out of the cooking skin into the coals'' or ``Mother's path of milk'' for the Milky Way are coyly anachronistic. Nonetheless, this volume is as welcome as letters from a long-lost friend. A novel 1.25 million first printing; major ad/promo; first serial to Ladies' Home Journal; BOMC main selection; author tour. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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