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The Gift of Stones by Jim Crace
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May 30, 2007

Read in January, 2008

Interesting little book set in the Stone Age, full of allegory and poetical prose. It seems to be impossible to set a novel in prehistoric times without plenty of symbolism and reference to modern issues -- or maybe it's just me. I'm reminded of one of Jack London's more obscure novels, "Before Adam," and to a lesser extent Paleolithic Porn (Jean Auel's "Clan of the Cave Bear" series, memorable for its heroine's resourceful invention of the world's first diaphragm). Or maybe the Flintstones.

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