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The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
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Oct 29, 11

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Read from October 16 to 24, 2011

The Clan of the Cave Bear is a book of historical fiction that tells the story of a young Cro-Magnon girl who’s family is killed and who is then raised by a more primitive tribe of Neanderthals.

On the positive side, Auel (pronounced “owl”) did quite a bit of research about this prehistoric era, adding realism to the tale. On the negative side, the story is interminably long and features a plodding plot that moves with glacial slowness (“glacial” … get it? … because the story is set during the Ice Age?). Anyway, to sum it up in six words … too long, rather boring, caveman olympics.

The book also features a not-so-subtle sub-plot of a woman’s struggle against her male oppressors, which is fine, and probably contributed to the books popularity when it came out in 1980 (when the feminist movement was popular). But it didn’t make the story any more interesting.
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