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The Inheritors by William Golding
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Aug 12, 10

bookshelves: historish, literary
Read in August, 2010

I don't know what made me think a novel by the guy who wrote Lord of the Flies wouldn't be depressing.

The inheritors is about a small tribe of neanderthals and their devastating encounter with a group of homo sapiens. It was hard to get into at first, because of the story being told from the point of view of a rather dim member of the tribe.

Golding is a gifted writer, however, and the characters and the story become clear. I found it hard to concentrate on it and events took place so suddenly, so subtly, that I didn't even know they had taken place until pages later.

All in all it was a quick read and a far more interesting approach to the interactions between early humans than Jean M. Auel would have produced. Her version would be 2000 pages of sex behind convenient shrubbery, mentions of the Earth Mother, followed by more sex behind convenient shrubbery.
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