The Clan of the Cave Bear

The Clan of the Cave Bear

A Novel

Book - 2001
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Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read

This special edition includes the first 2 chapters of The Shelters of Stone.

In 1980, Jean M. Auel's debut novel, The Clan of the Cave Bear, blazed up the bestseller lists and went on to sell millions of copies worldwide. In this first book of the beloved Earth's Children (R) series, Auel takes us back to the dawn of mankind and sweeps us up into the amazing and wonderful world of Ayla, one of the most remarkable heroines ever imagined.

The Shelters of Stone, the long-awaited fifth novel in the Earth's Children (R) series, will arrive on April 30, 2002. To celebrate this major publishing event, a special edition of The Clan of the Cave Bear is being offered. In addition to a personal letter from Jean M. Auel, this reissue also contains an exclusive bonus for the many fans anxiously awaiting the publication of Book 5: the first two chapters of The Shelters of Stone! Earth's Children (R) fans everywhere will be clamoring for this collectible edition, available just in time for the holidays.
Publisher: New York :, Crown,, [2001]
Edition: 2001 edition.
Copyright Date: ©1980
ISBN: 9780609610978
Branch Call Number: FIC AUEL
Characteristics: 468 pages, 34 pages : maps on endpapers ; 24 cm.


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Aug 14, 2019

This book has amazing detail about natural pharmaceuticals. I am on my second read and the detail captivates me, as it did the first time! In the forward it mentioned Auel received recognition for her detailed research on prehistoric life, and it is true the book is almost a research tool! Fascinating.

May 04, 2019

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Aug 01, 2018

Excellent story! I intend to read/listen to the entire series! A very good introduction to prehistoric civilization. There may be some inaccuracies due to recent discoveries but "it's" fiction written with accurate data at the time of the writing. I read for entertainment and the story certainly does that!

Nov 26, 2017

This is the dullest most boring book I have ever read. It's like sitting through a course on anthropology. The characters' names were mostly three or four letters long and it was impossible to keep them apart. A shorter version without so much narration would make this a better book. I kept thinking "get on with the story" every time she would start discussing weeds and bushes.

SaraLovesBooks Jan 09, 2017

When I started this series, I had no idea that "Valley of Horses" and "Plains of Passage" were sequels to "Clan of the Cave Bear," so I didn't start with this one. However, the book is great start to the series. It really introduces the reader to the world of the Stone Age, when both Cro-Magnons and Neaderthals still walked the earth together. The books are highly researched, though unfortunately suffer from the fact that there has been a lot of new research in the past forty years, which contradicts things Auel's novels. However, that is not her fault, and this book is up to date for what was known at the time of her writing. I highly recommend this series for historical fiction readers, especially those who like pre-historic writings.

Mar 08, 2016

I was named after the main character in this book and I can say that this book does not disappoint . Every adventure and heartbreak makes you want to read this book more and more! I finished this near 500 page book in 3 days. That is how good it is.

Jan 20, 2015

Great story, but there were sections that you could have completely skipped over - or for some reason she felt needed to be explained (almost word for word) twice (ie, Death Curse).

Sep 10, 2014

Jean Auel is a phenomenol author. The descriptions she writes, whether it be about the settings or characters, are so luscious and full of beautiful word combinations. I learned so much from this book thanks to her commitment to research about the neanderthols. I know much of it has not been proven but it still was so much fun to read. I've found myself wanting to learn more about them because of this book and have even watched a few realated documentaries.

Highly recommended read! You'll fall in love with Ayla.

Favorite book of all time!

Aug 08, 2014

I almost put it down in the first chapter but as soon as I got to the second chapter I couldnt stop reading!
I love this book

Jun 03, 2014

I have read this book every year, at least once a year, since I was in 6th grade. It is amazing!

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Aug 08, 2014

Orphaned at a young age, Ayla grows up with a clan of people very different from her. She faces many problems because of this.

Jun 03, 2014

A novel of an extraordinary person. Ayla was found, almost dead from a cave lion attack, at approximately 5 years old. A cro-magnon child, raised by the vastly different neanderthal people, Ayla learns how to struggle for what she wants even in the face of great hardship. She is a character that all our girls would do well to pattern their behavior after!

SqueeGirl Oct 14, 2009

Orphaned at a young age, Cro-Magnon Ayla is adopted into a Neanderthal clan.

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Aug 08, 2014

"'I'm not dead Broud,' she gestured defiantly. 'I won't die. You can't make me die. You can make me go away, you can take my son away from me, but you can't make me die!'"


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