The Critique Circle Public Library

The Clan of the Cave Bear
by Jean M. Auel
Amazon rating
Critique Circle rating 
PublisherBantam
Release Date2002-06-25 (added to CC 24 May 2009)
Amazon Sales Rank7,633
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.

Member Reviews
(4 Oct)
Jean M. Aul writes a well-researched, plausible-sounding, extremely creative depiction of the ancient world. I don't know of any writers who do the sort of writing better than she does it.
(20 Sep 2015)
(4 May 2013)
(16 Oct 2011)
Other books on CC by the author



Member submitted content is © individual members.
Other material is ©2003-2017 critiquecircle.com
Back to top