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Daughter of Kura: A Novel

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"At first, Snap was aware of a few background noises -- a baby cried, the fire crackled, one of the older children laughed. Eventually, the other sounds disappeared, and she heard only the ancient rhythm of the drums, the dancers' voices, and the sounds of her own feet as they beat a path to an unclear future."On the parched African earth more than half a million years ago ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Touchstone
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Ana Mardoll
Dec 27, 2009 rated it liked it
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Mother of Kura / 978-1-439-11266-3

According to the dust jacket for "Daughter of Kura", author Debra Austin is an amateur writer with an avid interest in paleontology. As a result, "Daughter of Kura" is a mix of interesting paleontological ideas and factoids, a rather basic and thin-worn plot, and poor overall characterizations. As such, although this is a decent first attempt at a novel, I think the bulk of the book's happy readers will be interested due to the niche appeal of pre-history litera
Benjamin Thomas
This novel depicts a tribe of ancient man (Homo Erectus) in Africa, in a village called Kura. It is a matriarchal society where the protagonist, a daughter in line to become leader someday, must chose a mate and deal with the resulting consequences for her and her village.

On the positive side, this novel is not just about survival. It looks at some less concrete concepts as well, including conflicting outlooks based on how one is raised, and also man's first thoughts of the concept of religion.
Sep 04, 2010 rated it liked it
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While browsing through the Simon & Schuster catalog I came across this book. After I read the synopsis above I knew I had to read it. I was drawn in by the mere fact that it was set in Africa more than half a million years ago and that it was set in a matriarchal society.

From the time I picked up the book I was drawn in by the characters. The characters are of the Homo erectus species so it allows the reader to use his imagination while readin
May 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
"Daughter of Kura" by Debra Austin is a book about family, love, war and growing up... 500,000 years ago. Snap lives in a matriarchal society of hunters and gatherers whose lives are governed by the seasons. She is the third most important female in her community. However, when her grandmother dies and her mother takes a mate who has strange, new ideas, Snap feels her way of life threatened. Her own mate nowhere to be found, Snap leaves the relative safety of her village. Will she make it in a d ...more
Sep 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Once I picked up this book I could not put it down. I was pretty fascinated by the culture and people protrayed.
It is an easy to read story with an intriguing storyline and is written well. The story is fairly quick simple to read and digest.
I think the Author did a fantastic job researching pre-historic (and pre Homo-Sapien) life and then used that knowledge to create a working culture. A working culture that was not only believeable, right down to the type of communications used, but also int
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
The writing style was kind of odd to me. Most of it was pretty simple; which makes sense with the book being about homo erectus (a ancestors of humans). However, occasionally there would be some really advanced words. I thought it was almost jarring and interrupted the flow of the story. Lastly, I thought the ending was a bit anticlimactic.
Jonathon Danyluk
i am not sure what i expected when i started this book, but it went above and beyond what i was thinking it could be, i would definitely recommend this book.
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
DAUGHTER OF KURA - Debra Austin; 2009 NY


“Daughter of Kura” by Debra Austin was a fabulous book to sit down with, in order to pass time in a winter snow storm. Set in a time period of about a half million years ago, “Daughter of Kura” tells the tale of Snap, a vibrant young woman in line for leadership of her tribe, the Kura.

In a culture where leadership is maternally set, Snap is now of age to pick a mate and is expected to do so at the Bonding ceremony in the fall. However, Snap is di
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I did not find the story here very compelling. I thought the author mainly wrote this book so that she could flesh out her speculations and ideas about how homo erectus might have lived. Most of the detailed scenes explain certain aspects of the society, like how Snap gives birth and how food is prepared. To me, the plot line was just fitted around these speculations to make it into a novel. It was interesting, sure, but really the style, I could take it or leave it. I almost wish the author had ...more
Daughter of Kura was a bit slow to get going--in fact, this was my second attempt at starting it. (My first attempt only got me a few pages in.) For at least the first third of the book things were okay, but the plot was still being set in motion. Then I suddenly realized I was hooked. I cared about Snap and Ash. I was angry at Bapoto and hurt by Whistle. I have no idea when the book went from "meh" to "MUST FINISH!!!" but it did.

The only critique I have is that the villain went from relatively
Feb 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Snap is in line to be the Mother of her tribe, but that destiny is not what life has in store for her. It takes some guessing, but this book is set several thousand years ago in southern Africa and follows the lives of a tribe of people and more specifically the granddaughter of the current 'Mother' or chief of her tribe.

Newcomers to the tribe change thoughts about spirituality and lifestyle, and the conflict causes Snap to break out on her own.

One of the unique features of this novel is that
Sep 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
I have always loved imaginary stories about prehistoric people. This one is pretty good. It's about: a strong pre-human woman; takes place in Africa (where 1st people have been found); is a love story; entails a breakaway of one tribe to a new one because one man (not belonging to the Kura tribe) pushes a new religion but he is not a good person.

Although another reader liked the communication by hand signs instead of grunts or speech, I found it annoying that there wold be so many words descrigi
Kathleen Marasco
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is set in southeastern Africa over half a million years ago. The lives of these people are simple, not worrying too much about the following year, but sustain each other daily with food and taking care of one another.

This is about the early life of humans and the struggles they do go through on a daily basis. This is a matriarchal society and they spoke in sign language, it just fascinated me! They only made sounds to express emotions. The characters were so developed and I thought I k
Jun 15, 2009 rated it liked it
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A fairly easy read, this book will almost certainly appeal to those who enjoyed the Clan of the Cave Bear. The main character was likeable and the story plausible. I liked it better than the clan series.

Gratuitious sex scenes included but not as much nor as detailed as the Clan series had. The portrayal of an individual who preached single deity was very negative and may be offensive to some readers.

•In compliance with FTC guidelines, received the book for free through Barnes & Noble's First
Dec 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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Mar 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Didn't love it and don't know that I'd recommend it (sexual content). But it was a fast easy read. I liked the characters but didn't love the flow of the book. It's about a "pre-human" race in Africa with a matriarchal society. It dealt with a lot of modern issues. Definitely not on par with other prehistoric type books I've read... (went back and forth between a 2&3)
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Since two stars means it was "ok" that is what I went with. I think if this was labeled science fiction it might have given her more
leeway to expand the characters with possibilities the author didn't
feel comfortable giving. Anyway, not bad if you like that sort of
thing! It seemed the author had a point of view she wanted to
Nov 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
I read several pages and tried to stick with it, but it just isn't "my thing" at all. I was afraid I'd feel this way about the book, as it is often compared to "The Clan of the Cave Bear" which I didn't enjoy. One of my book clubs selected it, so it will be interesting to see what others thought of it. I'm sticking with my motto, "Life is too short to read a book I don't enjoy."
Sep 20, 2011 rated it liked it
I'd give it 3.5 stars if I could. Enjoyable, fascinating, and imaginative. I wish her afterward had explained more about both her research and her thinking, because there were questions raised by the book. For example, do we really know anything about gay sex among prehistoric pre-humans? But aside from that quibble, I would recommend this book. Here's hoping for a sequel.
Sandra Miller
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting in that it portrays what is an educated guess of how homo erectus lived, socialized and survived.

It was ok, an easy read, and not too long to lose interest.

I will use it for an ancient histories course, as a comparison of what we know and what is inferred or imagined. A study of historical fiction
Oct 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
I was initially hesitant to read this book. I thought "oh, yeah, a Clan of the CaveBear thing". However, I actually ended up really liking this book. The last couple of chapters in particular where really engrossing.
Feb 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Well-researched, enjoyable, not great writing. Easy reading, even beach reading, takes place about 500,000 years ago during the time of Homo Erectus and is reminiscent of Clan of the Cave Bear. La Canada author.
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very good pre-history novel with interesting characters and a realistically believable story. I plan on reading Mother of Asili, Austin’s next account, the continuing story of Snap.
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Clan of the Cave Bear
Shelves: 2011-books-read
I very much enjoyed this book and devoured in a couple days. Unusual storyline and well-written and I really liked it!
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
Easy reading, but not as compelling as other prehistory fiction that I've read.
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
good story. Well done. I really look forward to the upcoming book Mother of Asili (due out 2010) Like most who read it, I had a hard time putting this book down.
Donna Jo Atwood
An African homo australius Clan of the Cave Bear, only shorter.
Task 5.1
Jul 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Pretty interesting interpretation of life as a Cave woman.
Heather Domin
Sep 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
[to be reviewed for HNS Feb 2010:]
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful totally awesome book!! I laughed, I cried & every other emotion you can imagine, while reading this book. I absolutely LOVED it!!
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