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Jean M Auel THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR First Edition BCA

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First BCA edition, first print hardback published by Book Club Associates/Guild Publishing, London, 1985. CN 4109 on back flap. Jacket painting by Barbara Lofthouse
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First BCA edition, first print hardback of THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR, by Jean M. Auel and published by Book Club Associates/Guild Publishing, London, in 1985. It states CN 4109 on the back flap. Jacket painting by Barbara Lofthouse.

The book is in very good condition (clean beige boards with gold lettering which has minor creasing to the spine edges) with only minor wear to the dust jacket, which is not price clipped and protected in a plastic cover. Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no inscriptions.

Jean M. Auel is best known for her Earth's Children books, a series of novels set in prehistoric Europe that explores interactions of Cro-Magnon people with Neanderthals. As of 2010 her books have sold over 45 million copies worldwide. By 1990, Auel's first three books in her Earth's Children series The Clan of the Cave Bear(1980), The Valley of Horses (1982), The Mammoth Hunters (1985) sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and had been translated into 18 languages. The fourth and fifth books are The Plains of Passage (1990), The Shelters of Stone ( 2002). By May 2002, on the cusp of the publication of the fifth book, the series had sold 34 million books. The sixth and final book in the series, The Land of Painted Caves, was published in 2011. The Clan of the Cave Bear was nominated for numerous literary awards, including an American Booksellers Association nomination for best first novel. It was also later adapted into a screenplay for the film of the same name.

"The Clan of the Cave Bear is that rare book - a novel written on highly original subject by an author who, with her first venture into fiction, shows herself to be at once an outstanding storyteller.

The subject is nothing less than what life was like 35,000 years ago - at a time when the earth was still a place of huge glaciers and moving land masses, and mankind evolving slowly as both Neanderthal and Cromagnon Man.

The novel's heroine is Ayla, a 5-year-old child separated from her family after an earthquake, who is found and adopted by the Clan, a group of Neanderthals anxiously looking for a new home. Physically and mentally she is of Cromagnon stock, and thus much more advanced than they are; and her differences and quick mind create a mixture of fear, suspicion and admiration within the Clan. Ayla is cared for by the Clan's medicine woman, Iza, a direct descendant of a line of medicine women believed to have special gifts and held in high esteem within the Clan; and the holyman, Creb, a deformed but gentle and kind old man whose wisdom and magical powers make him one of the two most important, and most respected, Clan members.

Brun is the Clan's leader, a quiet and thoughtful man who is forced by tradition and by his people to inflict a dreadful punishment on Ayla when he discovers she can use a cling - for women are forbidden to touch weapons. Broud, his son, the future leader, bitterly resents Ayla's presence amongst his people and does all he can to destroy her. But Ayla is a survivor. intent not only saving her life but of showing that her independence and ambitions should be given full rein.

The result is a novel of extraordinary power, one which creates a whole people, a whole culture and mythology, whithin the confines of a tale which grips from the first page to the last."

491 pages.

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  • Weight:
    0.84kg
  • Product Code:
    1512
  • Condition:
    Used
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