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Can Ayla fit in, when she's from "the others"?
The Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean M. Auel
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The Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean M. Auel
Advantages: amazing and super story, you don't know what's going to happen
Disadvantages: the cover, maybe not for some people, but nothing else!
Jean M. Auel is an author I have never ever heard of, and even though she wrote this book way back in 1980 (13 years before I was born). She is a completely new author to me. So after reading this book I went on the internet to find some information about her. I found out that she was born in 1936 making her currently 74 years old and she was born in Chicago. She has only ever written books for the "Earth's Children" saga, which "Clan of the Cave Bear" is the first novel in the series. I also found out that there is currently five books in the series, and a sixth book is on it's way and will be released in 2011, the thing is, this book shall be the FINAL book in the series, and so therefore I doubt Jean M. Auel will be writing anymore books.
Before I start to tell you about the story line of this amazing book, I want to share with you the funny little thing that happened to me. After I had finished this book, my mom asks me what I have been reading. So I tell her the name of the book and what it is about. She soon stops me and tells me that she thought it looked familiar. So she then goes searching for the book she believes this one looks like. She finds it, and guess what? It is the exact same book, and she tells me she has been a fan of Jean M. Auel since she was 17 (which she was in 1980, when this book was released). So I ended up buying this book and receiving it through the post, to only find out after I've read the book that I already had the book in this house somewhere.
Right, after that small but humorous tale, here is what the story is about. Ayla is only five years old when an Earthquake separates her from her mother. She ends up looking for her for a few days, and at one point she manages to escape from a cave lion.
She is later found by a group of Neanderthal Cave Men and Women; they are searching for a new cave as their last one was destroyed by the Earthquake. After much debating Ayla is allowed to stay with the group, as long as she pulls her weight and sticks to the rules of the group.
We follow her life as a lot of people end up trying to hurt her and destroy her, you get a lot of emotion towards her, and you feel so sorry for her. Ayla is clearly of the "Others" who are the other clan group who lives on earth, and they clearly don't like each other. Can Ayla learn to live by this group's rules, or will she endlessly rebelling until she is thrown out or worse?
I believe this is just a fun loveable read; however, the author must have spent ages finding all the necessary background information about what it was like in those days. If she hadn't got all the information and made it up as she went along, I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much as I did. It pretty much seemed as if this really happened back in those Cave Men days, and it is pretty easy to imagine that actually happening. To be totally honest, this book at least helps you to learn more about the ways of Cave people and how they lived, I have to admit, I quite enjoyed reading this, as it helped me to truly understand what it was like there, and I could imagine being Ayla for the day (or an hour), before having to come back into my own world. To be honest, this taught me more than some of my history teachers did about Cave men's life. This is what I always say, scrap text books, and create all the information into a fictionalised book. I know personally that all the information that would be contained within that book, I would know off by heart, and when I go into an exam, I would definitely know the answer to every question. However I very much doubt text books will become fictionalised novels.
This book can easily be described as a historical novel, I don't see how this book could become anything else, I totally enjoyed this novel, and it is probably the first historical novel I have ever come across, and so therefore maybe I have found another genre I fully enjoy, or maybe it was just Jean M. Auel's brilliant writing, I'll probably find out soon enough the more books I read.
This book is definitely a book that stands out from the rest (I seem to be saying that about every book at the moment.) This book is like no other book I have ever come across, as I keep mentioning. And I fully enjoyed this. I don't think this book is similar to any book I know of, however I am very certain there is possibly some books somewhere that are also historical novels, and are just as good as this one, however I have never come across any as of yet however, I am only 17 years old and will probably find one similar as I get older. If you personally think this book is similar to any books, I'm open to suggestions, and I'll read them and find out if you are right.
Personally I fell in love with this story right from the start the writing style of Jean M. Auel is just amazing and it manages to grip you within seconds, and you seriously don't want to stop reading. It is a really interesting book and it seems very vivid at times, and you feel the emotion run straight through you, and that is when you realise that this book is one of the best books you have ever come across in your entire life.
This book was definitely an interesting read, purely because you were never quite sure what was going to happen next, and I was always surprised at each turning of events. From the very start I was gripped and I was totally in love with this book, and I think the writing style is what made this book a joy to read. Also the ending shocked me, and I totally loved it. I didn't know what was going to happen, and when it did I was extremely shocked and I felt really sorry for Ayla. It was an amazing ending, and I don't think I will come across such an interesting, shocking ending! It is a pure fun read but it also is a book to make you think about what it was like back then. The emotions of Ayla and the other people within the group was really shown really well within the story, and when they laughed, you laughed, when they were sad, you were sad, and when they were upset you also was upset, this really shows how much of a great author Jean M. Auel is as only a few authors in the world have ever made me feel as emotionally as this book did. It is definitely a book I will keep in my heart for a long time, and I don't think I will ever forget such an amazing story line. Given the chance I would definitely re-read this book, but as I keep mentioning I have too many books in my house that all need reading by me, that I doubt I will ever be able to re-read a book, no until I have caught up with the amount of books I get.
So who will the book appeal to? That is one of the worst questions people ask me, as everyone is different, and every book is different. I thought that historical novels were not my sort of genre, however this book has changed my mind and made me believe that I will enjoy other historical fiction, however I am not too sure if that is just the book's idea or mind, and I'll probably find out in the near future that historical fiction, after all, is for me. This book isn't just for the historians out there; I think it will appeal to everyone across the nation; however I could be totally wrong. By the looks of things this book gripped a load of people back in 1980 and I believe it is still growing strong, and if you are definitely wondering if this book is for you, I would totally just take a leap at it, and see if it is for you, as I'm sure this book would be loved by lots of people. And still is.
I always state on most of my reviews that children's reading shouldn't ever be censored, however some books are ones that should never even be touched by young people's hands. This book does contain some sexual scenes, which are totally understandable, as I can see it actually happening back in those days. However, some people may find it offensive, and it seems pretty much like rape. Although this appears in the book, it is only in there for a few chapters and it really shows to the readers how Ayla feels about this and you find it really easy to relate to her. Personally, I reckon a teenager will find this book really good and understand what is happening, but anyone younger may not understand. It is really up to you to decide, as everyone is different, I still have friends who are avid readers, just like me, but could never ever read a book that contains mild sexual references. I think it depends on the certain type of person you are and how you deal with things.
This book is amazing and nothing and I truly mean that, nothing lets it down. Everything within the book gripped me to the end; I loved Ayla and her Clan guardian Iza. However you learn to hate the leader's Son, Broud, who will not give Ayla the time of day, and really resents her, the ending really shows this and as Ayla becomes more and more loved by the rest of the Clan, Broud hates her more and more and he believes she is taking his popularity from him. Personally, if the book was set in modern times, I believe Broud would be described as a Male chauvinist pig; he seems exactly like that but worse. Purely because each clan member has a role they play. There are Male and Female roles within the Clan and so therefore chauvinists weren't around in those sorts of times. You love to hate Broud as time goes on, and he really got me annoyed at times. This shows that Jean M. Auel is an amazing author, and I definitely intend on reading her other books!
Now usually on my book reviews I rarely touch upon the book cover, purely because I don't think it's important. However this book's cover is especially important, because it made me not want to read the book. The old saying is "Never judge a book by its cover" this is now constantly used in everyday life to describe not only books, but to also describe people and inanimate objects. However I'm using this saying in a book sense, due to the fact that you cannot tell me there is a person on this planet who doesn't judge a book by its cover. You cannot possibly tell me, you go into Waterstones or another book seller, and pick up every book you see, and read the blurb (the writing on the back of the book). A) It is impossible, surely Waterstones has at least two thousand books in a single shop, and B) There would be no reason to have book covers if everyone did it. So when you walk into a book shop, you pick up the books which covers stand out from the rest, and usually the better book covers, have the better storyline. However this book is quite he opposite, with a brilliant storyline, but not a very good cover. This cover would probably have been a good cover in 1980, but now in the 21st century, it is probably classed as one of the worst covers on a shelf. Covers are what make books unforgettable and distinct; one certain cover could shine, where as all the others could fade into one another.
I recently found out that this book was made into a film in 1986, personally I have not watched it, but I do plan on going out side (when the snow has cleared up) and get the DVD. I have heard that this film was given mixed to negative reviews, however others are surprised that it was, and now consider it to be a brilliant film and definitely rate it positively. This leaves me in two minds. Will the film be similar to the book and manage to change certain bits because it needs to, or will it be totally nothing like the book? I won't know until I have watched it. I also feel sad that they didn't consider making a sequel to the film. Okay, I get that the sequel ("The Valley of Horses") may not be worthy of being adapted into a film (I don't know I haven't read it yet). But maybe it will be picked up soon. Maybe someone might just read the sixth book (when it's released in 2011) and decide to remake the films, if that happens; I'm definitely going to se them all in the cinemas!
Thank you all for reading, and I sure hope I have helped people make up their minds on whether or not they should read this book!
Summary: Ayla is from the other clan, but now she has to learn to fit in with a new clan!