For many months my mother had ranted and raved about this book to not only me, but to others who she knew enjoyed reading. And for many years I had be...moreFor many months my mother had ranted and raved about this book to not only me, but to others who she knew enjoyed reading. And for many years I had been reluctant in reading in, stubborn to believe that it was not my style of book and that I would therefore not get into it, and not enjoy it. But after my Grandma started to read it and also then said how good it was, I felt it was perhaps time to drop the stubborness and accept the fact that these days I have a much wider and more accepting reading width, and that perhaps it was time to step away from the dark fantasy novels for a while and appreciate the words of something knew. And boy was I glad that I did.
The Clan of The Cave Bears follows the story of a young girl called Ayla who is one of "the others", and her life with "The Clan" the ones who have adopted her and taken her in as if one of there own. It follows her trials and tribulations through life, through discovering her sense of self and what is considered normal and right in life. In many ways it very much fits into todays modern society and is something that we should therefore all be able to relate and connect to. Yet the book is set in the times that we perhaps all forget, the times of the cavemen and mammoths, the time that many scientists would consider as being the evolution of human kind. The book at first is perhaps a little difficult to grasp and understand if your not really one for historical set pages, but if you hold on and perciever with it, you'll actually find that it has a lot more to offer than your basic average book these days.
It is evident and clear right from the beginning that the author, Jean M. Auel, has done a lot of research into the topic of the book, and though we may never know if it is correct or accurate, it gives the reader a chance to evolve in there thoughts and opinions. It gives them a whole new insight into a world that is very much a huge mystery to us, whilst giving us an active and well written story. Ayla is a wonderful character, and right from the beginning of the novel I felt that I was able to deeply connect with her thoughts, emotions and feelings. Almost as if I was able to become a part of her and play out her story with her rather than just read her. She faces things that many of us could actually place within society today such as the over empowerment of men, the abuse and neglect, and the way that out actions and looks are frowned upon because they are not the norm.
This was something that I very much liked about the book because it gave that huge sense of reality, whilst also not straying from the story. It was long and daunting perhaps at first, but the fact that it draws you in only makes you wonder what the rest of the series has to offer, what other adventures could occur when so much seems to have been covered in this first novel. For me Ayla was a character of strength and courage, a character that represented that its ok to be weak and defenseless, but that from this we can learn, develop and grow stronger. It shows that life has its battles but that if we look for a sign, we will always know that somet of these things are just meant to be.
With every good novel though, the book draws smiles and tears from you, as well as anger, happiness and awe. Anger for example was particularly drawn when reading about the character Broud. An egostitical male who believes that he is right and higher than others, that his thoughts and opinions are always correct and who shows his hatred and jealousy of Ayla right from when he becomes a Man. The character leaves you with a sense of wanting to grab him by the shoulders and to slap him round the face, just to see if it will make him see sense and make him see that in society we are all equal. But if we look back over History, actually there was a huge divide between the euality of Men and Woman for a long time, so of course why would it not have started back in the cavemen times.
There is so much this book has to offer, that if I were to carry on writing, I could seriously never stop. I think thats the main advantage of the book though, it never gets slow, it never gets boring. There is always something new to offer, and so many of these things, like I said earlier, slot into the ways of modern society today. And I think that it is because of this, that anyone would be able to read and enjoy this book, as long as there willing to hold out on it and give it a chance. I think that if you get the chance to spend the spare pennies on this book, then you should. I think its something that you won't regret. (less)
I had been wanting to read this for a while, but due to a lack of funding I had not been able to read it, So I was more than glad when it finally came...moreI had been wanting to read this for a while, but due to a lack of funding I had not been able to read it, So I was more than glad when it finally came in at the library, reserved under my name. I wanted so badly to know what had happened considering the fact that Damon had turned human at the end of the last book and Stefan had not. I was a little disappointed to not see the human side of Damon dragged out a little as I feel that perhaps there was a good story line behind that which could have been messed about with, made to really catch the readers attention. After all, its not everyday that a human turns into vampire only to then turn back into a human once more. I did enjoy the novel though, although it seemed to drag out a little and in my opinion was very very similar to the last book in the return series where they went to the dark dimension. I just feel that perhaps the plot was not outlined as well as it could have been and in some places I found myself becoming a little bored by it, wondering why I was bothering to read it, other than the fact that I needed and had to find out!!!
Perhaps the series is now being dragged out a little to much, perhaps it should have ended a book or two before, but regardless of this fact I shall continue to be a faithful fan of the series and to read them all and eventually buy them all so that I can have a complete series on my bookshelf. The romance between Stefan and Elena is as strong as ever in this book however, it is Meridith that I really wanted to get to know in this novel. It was made evident in the book before that there was something different about her and though it was mentioned a little in the book I felt that it deserved more focus, more spotlight attention because I wondered if perhaps the real story was there? After all her brother is a vampire and she is what? part vampire part human? I wonder if therefore the author was actually focusing on the wrong character this time? should the story have been about Meredith or is that to come in the next book?
There is a lot of potential in this book and although it seemed slow in some places and fast in other places, it was still a worthwhile read, just in order to see what happens. I loved the way that bonnie was portrayed in this novel as the love sick puppy, and although on the show in my opinion Stefan is made out to be the good looking one (though I refuse to watch the show merely for the fact that it does not follow the book at all!!) In my mind, when I am reading, it is Damon who is the fitter and better looking one. I just feel that the author works well with imagery in this book, making it come alive so that you not only read it but you experience it. she draws her readers in with this imagery as well as the cliff hanger endings which always leave you hugely frustrated because you find that you want to read on!!!
A wonderful series of books, though perhaps it is time that they came to a close, drew to an end and all was calm or at least calmer with perhaps a few sideline stories here and there like with the house of night series.(less)
I didn't so much enjoy her first book "The Trespass" mainly because it seemed to hold a lot of room for improvement, so I was somewhat hesitant about...moreI didn't so much enjoy her first book "The Trespass" mainly because it seemed to hold a lot of room for improvement, so I was somewhat hesitant about reading this one. However, the way that this novel was written was very thought provoking and truly engaging. What the author did with this book was take reality and place it into the words. She made the reader identify the way in which our world works, especially when it comes to immigrants. I felt that this book in so many ways held many messages to me, it was something that I could relate to, something I could connect to and yet it was something that I could learn from. The book represented the way in which our society has become quite discriminative and stereotypical, where every person of an ethinc minority is marked as some sort of asylum seeker or illegal immigrant, where they are mistreated and abused in such a wrong and disgraceful way.
But what I loved more about this book was the fact that it tackled many social problems, money, jobs, housing, relationships. It showed that life is about battles and fights, things that we have to overcome and to understand, and that in order to do this we have to live and we have to carry on. The book itself was very expressive and very well worded. The whole book just flowed naturally and normally from one to the next in an engaging way that meant the reader did not loose focus nor interest in what was beign written. the author just made it very real, and really gave that sense of reality. she didnt fuss about or beat around the bush, she simply told it how it is. she didn't hide the cruel ways of life, she told the truth, and I think that this is important because it represents many messages to the readers, to look at and to consider the way in which they treat people and those around.
I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone who likes to read things that could be based on reality but also show something important.(less)
I truly found this to be an absolutely wonderful novel, one that I perhaps would never have considered reading a few years ago. The book is set in the...moreI truly found this to be an absolutely wonderful novel, one that I perhaps would never have considered reading a few years ago. The book is set in the 1940's and is based around three very different females, who are all at the end entertwined by one commonality. I really felt that the author captured the war time amazingly well here within the novel, for I could actually feel the fear of the bombs through the words, and felt like I myself was actually one of the war victims. The author went into a lot of descriptive detail, but it was not so overly descriptive that it became boring. I felt that the way she introduced the three main characters was done very well and in a way that is sure to keep her readers attention.
The book flowed easily from one chapter to the next in an easy transition that didn't make the story complex or difficult to understand. I just felt that in so many ways she had really captured the truth about romance. she had made the emotions come alive and it meant that whilst I was reading them, I was really able to experience them as well. There was fear, sorrow, loss and love, and they all interconnected with one another as they do in reality. The author has just been very clever with this novel and has really made a piece of work with it. I don't think I have a bad word at all to say about this book.(less)
What a wonderful story that is different and unique compared to the many other novels that I have read. The story just to be something out of the ordi...moreWhat a wonderful story that is different and unique compared to the many other novels that I have read. The story just to be something out of the ordinary and was only semi predictable. I loved the way that the characters were presented and the way that they felt so very real throughout the words. I do think that the author has a sense of style when it comes to writing about her female characters as she seemed to put a lot of love and care into there characteristics, than what she does with the males. They seem to have more of a story line and have the spot light to the story, whereas the males just slip in as and when needed. I felt that she really made her imagery very vivd and powerful, truly making it a piece that had life and was therefore entireally possible back in those day.
My adrenaline was racing as I read each chapter, my heart pounding as the plot thickened, and for me this is a sign of a good novel. Both my auntie and grandma have read it also and had said it was good, so I suspected it to be as such, but it was an amazing book just because of the extent of power that its words and chapters seemed to hold. The plot was unique, but I could vision it as being something that actually happened. After all how many people were wrongly put into a lunatic asylum just because they were swindled, how many people suffered at the hands of theifs and demons who would trick them and play them? aren't these the sort of things that also happen today?
So the book had an oldish feel to it, but it also had a modern feel to it that just seemed to make it more believable for me. There was nothing boring within the novel, and I felt that it all flowed evenly, that it worked well to present its tales. If I had to pick a favorite character, then it would perhaps be Sue, simply because she shows courage and power, she shows that she is not wrong to prove what is right and show others how they have failed in their plans. It seems to represent many messages, and I think the book as a whole can have many meanings to all the readers who come across it.(less)