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by Jean M. Auel

Ayla and Jondalar embark on a journey that takes them to the Mamutoi, the Mammoth Hunters, and Ayla must make a choice between two men--Jondalar and Ranec, the Mamutoi's master carver, in a story of Ice Age Europe
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ISBN: 0896217108
ISBN13: 978-0896217102
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Jean M. Auel
Language: English
Publisher: Thorndike Pr (May 1, 1991)
Pages: 1211 pages
ePUB size: 1142 kb
FB2 size: 1307 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 395
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My sister gave me a box of books when she moved. One of them was a huge hardcover book "The Plains of Passage". I read a few pages and liked it so I went to Amazon and discovered it was # 4 in a series. I ordered books # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. I wanted "The Plains of Passage" in paperback because the original was so heavy. I just started to read it last night. I have not ordered book # 6 yet because of all the negative reviews but I will order it after all just to see for myself. Right along there has been a lot of repetition especially of terrain, plants, etc. I understand why the author felt she needed to do that. If I had just read one book in the middle of the series I would have needed background to understand the gist of the story.What if someone picks up book # 6 at Goodwill or other place that sells used books and has never read the previous 5 books? I have been known to buy books there on occasion. Readers are not being fair to the author to disparage book # 6 so much.They only need to skim the parts they already know about. Not everyone has read all 6 books. I plan to read and enjoy them all. I love the first 3 very much.
Some people did not rate this book as high as it deserved because of the time spent on the triangle between Ayla & Jondolar & Ranec but they fail to see the truth in this as it applies even to life today. Many people fall in love with someone who they feel, true or not, will not be acceptable to their family, friends or even the world at large as in inter-racial love. It can be devastating to find you love someone who people will disapprove of for any reason. They''re too old, too young, the wrong color or wrong cultural background. If you feel you are not strong enough to stand beside them even against your own family, if needed, it can cause you to give up someone you will never forget or be able to forgive yourself for losing. It can even ruin your life if you let it. If you take nothing but that lesson from this book it will be one of the most important things you will learn in your life. Love passed up can never be regained or replaced.
Ms Auel has a gift for teaching in a form so enjoyable that you don't even know you are learning. The word pictures she paints are so real you feel like you have been transported back in time. You can hear the mammoths screaming in fear and pain and feel the joy and reverence the people feel as they realize they and their families and tribes will live another year by the Grace of the Great One, by whatever name you call Him or Her.
I believe you can learn many valuable life lessons from this series of books.
So those who think the situation between the three characters is taking away from the story need to reread this book with not only their minds open but their hearts open alko.
Bad Sunny
Abel has gone through a lot of research to make this purely fictional story as accurate as possible. While nobody knows what life was like back then, she used the historical artifacts from caves, uncovered bones and plants that would have existed during that time to suggest what could have happened. She goes into a little to much geographical detail for my taste. She also does a pretty good job of romantic pornographic sex scenes too.
Light out of Fildon
As a whole, this series is fascinating, engaging, and so unfailingly well-written that I've read it (I haven't gotten to The Land of Painted Caves yet) several times. Of the first five, this one and Shelters of Stone have the largest cast of characters that appear for more than one scene.
Though I'll admit that I found the Mamutoi kind of sophisticated for their supposed time period, I found the customs and traditions described interesting.
My main difficulty with this book was the character interaction between Jondalar, Ayla, and Ranec. It was kind of upsettingly like high school- or what soap operas portray as high school- drama. The intense insecurity that Jondalar displays when Ayla has sex with Ranec (which, due to her cultural upbringing, she thought she had to do) is extremely unattractive. Ranec had stalker potential from the moment he appeared, and he bears it out as the book goes on. By the end, I was half hoping that she would load up the horses and high-tail it back to her valley before Jondalar and Ranec totally obliterated the independent spirit that made her so beloved in the first place.
The bright spots of this novel were Rydag (I love the scene when Ayla first teaches him to say 'mother'), Wolf, and Mamut. Also, the adoption ceremony. Other than that, and some of the rich detail (more about the people than the scenery; the scenery descriptions kind of dragged on after a while), this book was a little out of keeping with the spirit of the other two. Ayla met "people" and suddenly she's forgetting a lifetime of stubborn independence and powerful will? I didn't really get it.
But I did enjoy it.
Intriguing account of pre-historic life in what is now Eastern Europe.
Characters are engaging, and story line is fascinating. Author tends to go overboard in some descriptions of plants and herbs, but the story line holds the reader's interest strongly. This is the 3rd of a series of books by the author, with the same principal characters, and they are now old friends. One can hardly wait to find out what is going to happen next. It gives the reader pause to think whether we could possibly survive in such an untamed and unpredictable world. The author manages to insert "object lessions" that apply equally as well to modern life as in the late Ice Age.
It is so true: "the more things change, the more they stay the same."
I love the earths children series, i've read them so many times and get something more with each reading. Definitely recommend the mammoth hunters and the whole six books starting with clan of the cave bear. You know a book is worthwhile when you know every line and still want to read it again.