Book Of The Week
Have you ever read a book and have just been in complete AWE of an author’s talent? Jean M. Auel is one of those authors for me. I first discovered her when I was 18 or 19- I had never read a book like her’s before. I could not imagine the research and complete hard work that went into writing not only this book but the rest of the series. I was enthralled. Is there a bigger word than enthralled? enchanted, engrossed, all encompassing? I’m not sure why I’m coming up with all ‘e’ words…
Anyway, I just remember the pure immersive feeling while reading this book and series. To this day this series has it’s own little spot on my bookshelf. I sometimes look at it and wish I could open the book for the first time again. That is how much I completely loved this series.
Have you ever felt that way about a book before? And I’m not just talking about that feeling you get when you really love a book. I’m talking about that feeling times 100. This is a feeling that is rarely sparked because it takes a rare author to spark it.
If you’ve never read The Clan of the Cave Bear before I strongly encourage you to do so. If you’re a fan of Outlander you may like this series. It’s deep immersion into a time period that is not really written about. I think that is why I was so obsessed with it. My anthropology class sparked the interest but this series held it. This is a book to pick up if you’re looking for something COMPLETELY different than what you are used to!
Title: Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth’s Children, #1)
Author: Jean M. Auel
Publication Date: May 4, 1980
Genre: Historical Fiction
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.