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Product Details

  • Series: Earth's Children
  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (June 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553381644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553381641
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (388 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The authenticity of background detail, the lilting prose rhythms and the appealing conceptual audacity that won many fans for The Clan of the Cave Bear and The Valley of the Horses continue to work their spell in this third installment of Auel's projected six-volume Earth's Children saga set in Ice Age Europe. The heroine, 18-year-old Ayla, cursed and pronounced dead by the "flathead" clan that reared her, now takes her chances with the mammoth-hunting Mamutoi, attended by her faithful lover, Jondalar. Gradually overcoming the prejudice aroused by her flathead connection, Ayla wins acceptance into the new clan through her powers as a healer, her shamanistic potential, her skill with spear and slingshot and her way with animals (she rides a horse, domesticates a wolf cub, both "firsts," it would seem, and even rides a lion). She also wins the heart of a bone-carving artist of "sparkling wit" (not much in evidence), which forces her to make a painful choice between the curiously complaisant Jondalar, her first instructor in love's delights, and this more charismatic fellow. The story is lyric rather than dramatic, and Ayla and her lovers are projections of a romantic rather than a historical imagination, but readers caught up in the charm of Auel's story probably won't care. 750,000 first printing; $300,000 ad/promo; paperback rights to Bantam; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club dual main selections; author tour. Foreign rights: Jean Naggar. December 6
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Ayla, the prehistoric heroine of Auel's immensely popular series, meets a new clan, the mammoth hunters, in this eagerly awaited third installment to the saga. During her sojourn with this clan, Ayla and her lover, Jondalar, encounter a variety of crises triggered by Ayla's past and her involvement with another man. Auel has created an amazing and fascinating world. Every aspect of society and culture is accounted for; no detail is too small to be included. To enjoy this novel the reader must accept the author's concepts and cultural descriptions. Despite the sometimes too-modern dialogue and the often fatuous sex, this is a solid tale that will be particularly enjoyed by those who've been following Ayla's fortunes. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club dual main selections. Lydia Burruel, Mesa P.L., Ariz.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Jean M. Auel is one of the world's most esteemed and beloved authors. Her extensive factual research has earned her the respect of renowned scientists, archaeologists and anthropologists around the globe.

Customer Reviews

I personally thought the book was a tad bit too long, to not really cover much.
Zachary S. Nelson
Once you read the first book, you are addicted and the books keep getting better and deeper without being hard to understand.
Lady Pennington
I loved this series of Jean's books the first time I read them about 30 years ago.
Karen L. Gister

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

86 of 95 people found the following review helpful By LostBoy76 on May 3, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have recently finished the main four books of the "Earth's Children" series, and I have decided to review "The Mammoth Hunters" because I thought that this third book is where the series started to lose some of it's charm. That doesn't mean that it isn't worth reading, though. I just have a few qualifications. "Spoilers"
In the first two books, "The Clan of the Cave Bear" and "The Valley of Horses", the huge amount of detail about the climates, landscapes, and plantlife never really bothered me too much, but in this book (and the last book, "Plains of Passage") I found it dwelt on the most trivial little things for ages! Most of the new characters are fairly likable, though none of them truly stand out, except maybe Rydag. Sometimes the author Ms. Auel seems more interested in Ayla's animal friends than in the people. A very large portion of this book is dedicated to the "love triangle" between Ayla, Jondalar, and Ranec, and this is frustrating for a number of reasons. First, it isn't really a love triangle at all; it is a "misunderstanding" between Ayla and Jondalar which causes Ranec to think that Ayla is available. Second, Ranec is an annoying and slightly creepy character, so I was never really interested in what the heck happened to him. Third, it takes over three hundred pages to resolve this issue!! Literally, three hundred pages of Ayla and Jondalar staring longingly at each other when the other one isn't looking, saying awkward things to each other, getting angry with each other, and so on. That doesn't mean that all three hundred pages are monotonous or boring.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By M. Fluet on March 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Let's start with the positives...the Mammoth Hunters as a tribe were interesting, and the details of how their survival was linked to the many versatile uses of the wolly mammoth were engaging. The Mamutoi social systems, customs, and interpersonal relationships kept me reading to the end.

The real problem with the book concerned the personalities of the central characters, Ayla, Ranec, and Jondalar. Jondalar comes off as incredibly whiny and insecure...nothing he does or says is particularly interesting and he spends most of the book annoying the reader by moping around the camp worrying about his "pleasures" as if he's a bit player on "Sex and the City". He did the same thing throughout the Valley of Horses, too.

Ranec plays the cocky rival for Ayla's affections, but the minute he gets her in the furs he too is reduced to a whimpering mass of desperate neediness, and begins following Ayla around all day nipping at her heels.

The real tragedy here is that these are the first men of her species Ayla encounters, and she feels compelled to entertain their childish behavior and return their affections whenever they manage to get their act together and stop feeling sorry for themselves for 5 minutes (a character flaw developed by years of flathead oppression). By the end, I was rooting for her to let Jondalar split, take the horse and the wolf and go back to the cave in the valley and wait for a REAL caveman to show up.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a great, intense book. The problems between Ayla and Jondalar are very frustrating and painful to read because we all know how much they love each other deep down. This book has more elements of a soap opera drama than the others, but it is still highly enjoyable and full of rich detail. Sex occurs frequently in this book, but it is described in a beautiful fashion. I think our modern day men may have a thing or two to learn about our ancestors!
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By karen_sergeant@intuit.com on October 3, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If Ayla was really as smart as she's supposed to be, she wouldn't be appearing in any more sequels.
The love triangle is straight out of daytime TV: "he acts one way, but for some reason I'll just assume he feels completely the opposite". Ayla's accent is continuously described as too small to notice...but everyone does the instant she opens her mouth. Everyone in the book is just great, except for the token one-dimensional bad-guy who turns good in the end.
These savages are so elegant, we expect to see a pre-historic Martha Stewart behind the next mammoth hide. Ayla is already Amelia Earhardt, Joan of Arc and Mother Teresa rolled into one. Read it if it's the only book in the house (this includes the dictionary and the phonebook).
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Edward on February 18, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What we have here is modem day men who are compassionate and understanding of women's thoughts, feelings and pleasures.. add in some 1950's soap or toothbrush commercial type conversation and finally set it in a caveman period. We have obviously gone backwards since in this book, all men think about is ensuring that their women feel pleasure. The pain and guilt that men feel if they do not bring her to orgasm is too much to bear and I am surprised they do not go running and screaming into the night to immediately committee suicide when they fail. Seriously, every woman in this series experiences intense orgasms, every time.

Examples of breath taking writing :

"Do you also have a ceremony initiation into womanhood with understanding and gentleness. First rights? Yes, of course. How could anyone not care about how a young woman is opened the first time."

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"This time he hesitated, he had also felt a terrible guilt afterwards for using the deeply secrete ceremony to satisfy his own needs for the deeper feelings it invokes."

The repetitiveness of stuff in previous chapters or books is extremely annoying. Hearing people discuss new techniques and discoveries every paragraph would have put us at a rate to invent the airplane by 2000BC instead of 1904AD .. I really find it difficult to say anything good about Jean Auel's books since the excellent `Clan of the Cave Bear'. Had she taken the story in this book and condensed it into 300 pages, it might have been half decent.
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